The South China Morning Post celebrates its 115th anniversary with a special pullout for nostalgia fans. I hear there will be a staff fancy-dress party this evening with such themes as ‘The Opium War’ and ‘Jack Ma lookalike’. Most impressive – today’s paper has an article that includes a reasonably generous dose of humour. It might not be the most side-splittingly hilarious thing since Oscar Wilde, but you are surprised to find it done at all (to quote another wit).
While superficially politically safe, the column is amusingly daring – mocking old white guys’ CCP-skepticism at a time when pretty much every reputable non-white, non-aged and non-male observer is increasingly doubting and disputing the wise-and-cuddly-Panda economic-miracle story.
(By the way – if you find the piece too funny, you’ll be glad to hear that Nury Vittachi is back with a column at the Standard.)
This is also, roughly, the 115th anniversary of the Younghusband expedition to Tibet – surely the ultimate in grumpy-old-white-guy-not-taking-China-seriously statements.