Domer

There was a bit of info about this Chinese documentary, ‘Under The Dome’ in the news lately because it had been censored (ie. taken off the Chinese internet) by their government. It’s still on youtube and has had English sub-titles added, although I should mention that if you’re going to watch it then prepare your brain because the subtitles are not the usual family-friendly SBS style — they come _fast_ and you’re bound to miss bits and pieces of what’s being said.

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Very interesting. For me, the biggest thing that stood out was how frank and un-hostile most of the interviewees were, especially the guy who was head of Sinopec. As an aside, some of the dialogue gives the sense that Mandarin (hard as it is with all those tones) is full of colourful metaphors the way English is. The description he gave of Sinopec being ‘a big person, but it’s all fat and no muscle’ seemed very apt and parallels the state apparatus there now too.

The other thing that was interesting was that the key points that Chai Jing, the host, pushes are not earth-shattering. Cleaning coal before use, upgrading the petrol being used and enforcing exhaust filtering on vehicles are all very mundane things by western standards. It shows how very much China has fallen to the temptations of evil capitalism.