China has dominated news headlines since March 10, when 500 Buddhist monks marched on Lhasa to mark the 49th anniversary of Tibetan resistance to Communist rule. The fallout from the protests has been more or less as follows:
In the middle of this shitstorm, our friend Shayera sent us yet another AP story about China: “Sit-down protests trigger Beijing bathroom renovation.” Sit-down protests? Beijing? Renovations? Tell us more!
Apparently, Chinese Olympic organizers have been scrambling to replace the squat toilets in most of their venues with seated toilets, to appeal to foreign visitors.
“After more than 30 test events, a lot of parties have raised the question of toilets,” Yao [Hui, deputy head of the organising committee's venue management department] told journalists.
“We have told the venues to improve on this, to increase the seated toilets.”
“Most Chinese people are used to the squat toilets,” said Yao. “But nowadays more and more people are demanding seated toilets.”
At first we thought this story seemed unrelated to the unrest, but then we saw the parallel.
China gives a shit. About demands. From your ass.
And that’s about it.
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