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Ducking the history books

Yellow Duck Version of Tank Man Photo Goes Viral Despite Chinese Censorship duckytankman

Yesterday was the 24th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square — an event that has been immortalized in history by AP photographer Jeff Widener’s famous “Tank Man” photo we shared earlier today. What you may not know is that, in China, the government still does everything it can to keep the event shrouded in mystery, pretending it never happened.

The Internet, however, is having none of it, as memes depicting the tank man photo in ways that might avoid censorship nets spring up all over the place. One of the most viral is the photo you see above.

The duck meme was inspired by the massive yellow ducks installed in Hong Kong’s Victoria harbor. Some unknown person took images of those ducks and used them to replace the tanks in the famous Tank Man photo below:

Yellow Duck Version of Tank Man Photo Goes Viral Despite Chinese Censorship tankman

The photo emerged first on the Chinese microblogging website Weibo, and has since received so much attention that Chinese authorities have added the term “big yellow duck” to a massive list of banned terms. Other forbidden words include “June 4th,” “today,” and “remember.”

No official death toll has ever been released from the student-led demonstration in Tiananmen Square — simply referred to as “The June 4th Incident” in Chinese — but estimates range as high as one thousand.

Source: http://petapixel.com/2013/06/05/yellow-duck-version-of-tank-man-photo-goes-viral-amidst-chinese-censorship/#To19Iu2Idbp0Igfl.99

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China condemns plague of fake ducks

Visitors pose for photos in front of a yellow rubber duck floating on a lake in eastern China’s Tianjin, on June 1, 2013. The official mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party condemned an outbreak of giant yellow ducks across the country, after imitations of an artwork in Hong Kong landed in several cities.

The official mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party condemned an outbreak of giant yellow ducks across the country, after imitations of an artwork in Hong Kong landed in several cities. Visitors…

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s 16.5 metre (54 foot) tall yellow inflatable has been a sensation in both Hong Kong and mainland China since it was installed in Victoria Harbour a month ago. Property…

Property developers in several cities, among them Hangzhou, Wuhan and Tianjin, have rushed to install similar, albeit smaller, yellow ducks to attract potential customers to their projects. In an editorial…

In an editorial the People’s Daily, China’s most-circulated newspaper, condemned the imitators for betraying what it said was Hofman’s own message.

The duck, it said, was a symbol of “humanity’s shared culture and childhood memories, pure art and anti-commercialisation”.

Copycat ducks were merely “kitsch” and such unoriginal behaviour “will ruin our creativity and our future and lead to the loss of imagination eventually” it said.

“The more yellow ducks are there, the further we are from Hofman’s anti-commercialisation spirit, and the more obvious is our weak creativity.”

“It’s good that the rubber duck is popular, but it’s sad to see the innovation of our country to go down. We often talk about awareness and confidence in our own culture, but where do they come from? Definitely not from following new trends.”

Tourism authorities in Hunan, it pointed out, have renamed a mountain long known as the “Southern Sky Column” as “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” after it inspired landscapes in the Hollywood special-effects blockbuster.

“This is not innovation, it’s selling our inheritance,” the newspaper said in the editorial, which appeared both in print and online editions.

For those who want a giant rubber duck of their own, China’s vast army of manufacturing firms has moved to meet demand.

One company, KK Inflatable, is selling ducks in multiple sizes, one of them even larger than Hofman’s creation, on Taobao, China’s biggest shopping website.

A two-metre one costs 2,800 yuan ($460), one of the size of Hofman’s is 118,000, and the biggest bird of all, a 20-metre monster duck, costs 149,800 yuan.

Source :http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/353208/china-state-media-condemns-plague-of-fake-ducks.

Giant rubber duck deflates in Hong Kong harbour

A 16m (52ft)-high rubber duck, which has attracted crowds of visitors as it travels around the world, has deflated in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.

The giant bird, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, was found lying on its side on Tuesday night and was completely flat by Wednesday, reports say.

Before and after picture of a giant rubber duck that has deflated in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour

Exhibition organisers say it is part of scheduled maintenance work.

The inflatable duck was due to be towed to a shipyard for a check-up.

The giant yellow sculpture has been transported around the globe since 2007, visiting cities including Sydney, Sao Paulo, and Amsterdam.

It arrived in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour on 2 May and was due to stay until 9 June.

Its deflation caused disappointment in the city, where the duck has become a popular tourist attraction.

“We scheduled a body check for these two days. If everything is fine we can inflate it as soon as possible and the public can appreciate it again,” Andrew Yeung, a spokesman for the Harbour City shopping centre that arranged the installation, told the news agency AFP.

“I know people are disappointed but we need to check the overall condition. We don’t want to upset everyone.”

Mr Hofman has previously warned that the PVC duck would need to be deflated if it faced high winds and waves.

The artist hopes the work will bring people together and encourage a connection with public art.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22542006

Bird flu scare costs China poultry sector $1.6 billion

An employee sprays to sterilize a poultry farm in Hemen townshipChina’s poultry sector has recorded losses of more than 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) since reports emerged of a new strain of bird flu two weeks ago, an official at the country’s National Poultry Industry Association told Reuters on Tuesday.

Authorities have slaughtered thousands of birds and closed live poultry markets in Shanghai and Beijing in an attempt to reduce the rate of human infection and allay growing fears about the H7N9 virus.

However new cases are being reported daily. In total 14 people have now died from the bird flu virus and 63 have been infected, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Most of the cases to date have been in eastern China, where poultry consumption is down by more than half, according to Liu Yonghao, president the New Hope Group, the country’s largest producer of animal feed.

Prices have dropped on weaker demand. High-quality chicken is selling for 4 yuan per kg, down from 16 yuan per kg, Liang Zhong, the poultry association official, told the China Daily newspaper.

However National Bureau of Statistics data released on Monday showed that average whole chicken prices nationwide were down only 1.5 percent to 18.8 yuan per kilogram in the first 10 days of April, compared with the preceding 10-day period.

China is the world’s second largest poultry market after the United States, and poultry is the country’s fastest growing meat sector. But a spate of food safety scandals in recent months has hurt consumer confidence in the industry.

“Chicken prices are falling which will lead to losses for breeders,” New Hope’s Liu said last week. “There are more than 100 million farmers raising chickens who will need to be supported.”

The recent decline in demand is also having a negative impact on imported poultry.

“We thought that people would try to avoid domestic chicken, and have more preference for imported chicken, but this is not the case. Across the board, people are being more cautious,” said Sarah Li, director of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council’s Hong Kong office.

“According to our importers, (wholesale) sales for both imported and domestic chicken products have declined by 80 percent.”

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51553202/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/#.UW6xzX4tDS0