Editor’s note for Friday, August 7, 2020

A note from today's editor of the SupChina Access newsletter.

My thoughts today:

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Now for some lighthearted stuff — we could all use a laugh or a smile in these stressful times:

Here is a video of a 1929 Shanghai fashion show colorized using AI by YouTube user DGSpitzer.

And here is today’s hilarious top story on Xinhua News Agency’s Chinese-language website. It’s titled: “Overseas readers can’t wait to get their hands on Xi Jinping’s third book.” The book in question is the third volume of Xi’s The Governance of China. I have not read it yet, nor have I read the second volume, but I have read the first, which is a wonderful soporific and an even better doorstop. Believe me, there is not a single person in the whole world who actually wants to read this book.

The propagandists at Xinhua aren’t even drinking their own Kool-Aid: There is no equivalent story on any of Xinhua’s foreign-language website home pages.

Our word of the day is The King of Knowing 懂王 dǒng wáng, a Chinese internet nickname for Donald Trump. As Tony Lin explains: “The nickname is used by all sides and comes from his catchphrase “nobody knows xxx more than me.”

—Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor-in-Chief