Monday, 27 May 2013

"Ding Jihao was here"

"Ding Jihao was here" scratched on a temple relief at Luxor.  The 15-year old vandal lives in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu Province. It is not recorded how many historical monuments this unthinking loutish youth yob has defaced in his own country. After all, it is from his country that comes this exemplary message (reproduced here from 'The Heritagist' blog). Meanwhile Caixin Online is running a slide show of Chinese graffiti left on various historic landmarks, mostly in China.

Mind you, if instead of his name we'd seen "Bazza Thugwit, Basildon woz ere 2013" on the Egyptian monument, how many British netizens would be searching him out and would his parents issue a national apology, or just respond curtly with a  two-word phrase ending in "off"? (And anyway, what's the difference between Thugwit scratching his name on the surface of an archaeological site, and digging a hole beneath the surface?)

Caixin Online, 'China in uproar over Egyptian vandalism', 28th May 2013.

No comments:

Creative Commons License
Ten utwór jest dostępny na licencji Creative Commons Uznanie autorstwa-Bez utworów zależnych 3.0 Unported.