I am afraid China presents us with some of those situations in which you do not know whether to laugh or cry, but laughing is better. As with people of all nations, we know when and how to generate some comic relief. Dexter Roberts with Jasmine Zhao collected some of the latest buzz about the challenges of life in China. Here are just a few of their best tidbits (“In China, the Humor’s Getting Darker” Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/22/13–4/28/13, p. 16):
“Question: How do I guard against smog? Expert: Stay at home as much as possible, and don’t open the window. Question: How do I prevent avian flu? Expert: Open the window often for ventilation.
The two best ways to safeguard against bird flu: 1) Drink a lot of water. 2) keep the air flowing. People living in Shanghai, please ignore No. 1. People living in Beijing, please ignore No. 2
Your boss doesn’t give you a raise, but you have to be strong and keep living, because . . . the cost of graves keeps going up!”