Stories about Humor from May, 2006
Haiti: Skewering Kevin Sites
Humour site God Bless the Whites takes on Kevin Sites’ coverage of Haiti for Yahoo's HotZone.
China: Cinematic spoof spin-offs
Jason Li at Virtual China looks at the various spin-offs that have popped up in recent months of an online spoof of a movie released last year.
China: Japan blogs North
Tokyo-based Riding Sun blogger Gaijin Biker breaks from blogging his current trip through China—hampered, seemingly, by the blocking of Blogspot on the mainland—to announce the results of his latest photo caption contest.
Albania: Lining Up For Bread
Traveller One of Stepping Stones almost starts “an Albanian Feminist Movement” before she learns about the local tradition of lining up for fresh bread.
W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile writes about a Westerner's take on Soviet – and Russian – humor: “The film also makes the case that humor has dried up in Russia since the fall of communism. I'm rather skeptical of this claim […]. The targets might now be New Russians,...
Guyana: Plan B for the Cricket World Cup
“Guyana's secret “Plan B” for the 2007 Cricket World Cup has been leaked!” writes Nicholas Laughlin in a post pointing to a Stabroek News humour piece on the country's continency plans for hosting visitors during next year's cricket tournament. “It includes the creation of special DWZs (Designated War Zones) in...
Indonesia: Wedding Art Exhibition
Indonesian couple Alfa and Aldo are inviting their friends to participate in an art exhibition during their wedding. They feel that such a concept would be more exciting compared to the regular wedding photo shoot. The artwork can feature anything that the participant likes about the couple. The post features...
Venezuela: Debt Relief and Fartless Beans
Katy expresses her gratitude (sarcastically … I think) to Hugo Chavez for relieving the debts of former students who studied abroad during the early 90's. Afrael has a gas relaying the news (ES) that the “fartless bean” was invented in Venezuela in his post “Venezuela Keeps Innovating”: “only known for...
Hong Kong: A Communist pod-dream
It didn't take long for Dave and Stefan at Hong Kong's Blog the Talk to get around to podcasting and their most recent release “a meditation on pedestrian behavior, individualism and the appeal of Communism in this capitalist paradise,” doesn't disappoint.
Jamaica: Racial satire
Depending on your point of view, you'll find God Bless the Whites, a newly minted satirical blog out of Jamaica, either uproariously funny or deeply offensive.
Hong Kong: Subtle Chinese humor
EastSouthWestNorth blogger Roland Soong translates a humorous post and compares political jokes in the former Soviet Union with those found in China today. The verdict: “[T]he Chinese people are not humorless. Rather, their humor demonstrably come through in more subtle ways.”
China: Workers holiday
Outside In blogger finds irony in what the week-long holiday surrounding International Workers Day has become in China: “The great international communist holiday has morphed into one grand frenzy of unabashed consumerism. LONG LIVE THE WORKERS. WHAT'S ON SALE AT IKEA?”