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David Wertime

Spotted on Weibo: … Oh, I Get It.

 This image will either make no sense or perfect sense to our dear readers.

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David Wertime

David is the co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation. He first encountered China as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2001 and has lived and worked in Fuling, Chongqing, Beijing, and Hong Kong. He is a ChinaFile fellow at the Asia Society and an associate fellow at the Truman National Security Project.
  • Call me stupid, but…

    I am a regular reader who lives in Beijing and I confess I do not understand it. Care to explain? Thank you

    • Tyler

      It’s pronounced ‘Chai Na,’ which is about as close to China as you can get. And it means something like ‘tear down that,’ pointing to all the destruction of buildings around the city. 拆 is the character usually painted on buildings to be torn down.

  • Call me stupid, but…

    I am a regular reader who lives in Beijing and I confess I do not understand it. Care to explain? Thank you

    • Tyler

      It’s pronounced ‘Chai Na,’ which is about as close to China as you can get. And it means something like ‘tear down that,’ pointing to all the destruction of buildings around the city. 拆 is the character usually painted on buildings to be torn down.

  • Tyler

    That one’s an oldie. I have a t-shirt with that printed on it from about 8 years ago.

  • Tyler

    That one’s an oldie. I have a t-shirt with that printed on it from about 8 years ago.