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Sunday, September 26, 2010

D. R. SHOOP: Chinese Cultural Artefact

Jon,

McCullough returned from 10 days in Hong Kong yesterday.

She usually brings me a souvenir in the form of a Buddha, which is my preference. I have many little statues in a variety of odd forms from her past travels, as well as my own. This time she brought me a cheap-ass decaled knock off Mao Mug, which I was very delighted to receive.

Apparently the old school Commy gift items have become more rare, so I was more than happy to see it. Tomorrow I will happily drink my coffee from this cheaply made mug (hoping the glaze is not lead-based) and think of Hong Kong fondly.

What does it say?

My best guess is, “Stupid tourist bought this piece of crap”

1 comment:

Richard Muirhead said...

I have a fine collection of original Mao badges,framed,in my kitchen.Also, a bust of Mao as a child and another one of him as an adult.I posted a photo of the Mao badges on to the History of the World in 100 objects BBC web site,but heard no more.