Here are selected articles by Bombs and Dollars editor Mitchell Blatt published in the past two weeks:

To the Chinese, Our Presidential Debates are a Bad Sitcom (Acculturated)

To be fair, the Chinese aren’t alone in laughing at The Donald and other ridiculous characters in politics. A debate moderator accused Trump of running “a comic book version of presidential campaign, and FOX News host Bill O’Reilly opened a segment of his show by imagining what the GOP primary contenders would be like if they were stars of a reality television show. Joking about politics is an international pass time.

Even in China, with its limited scope of political discourse, social media users mock local government officials and joke about corruption. One popular joke holds that in America, rich people get involved in politics, while in China people involved in politics get rich.

Still, from the many conversations and experiences I’ve had during the four years I’ve been living in China, it seems as if the Chinese public views the flaws in democracy as the rule rather than the exception.

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Social Justice Warriors At Oberlin Don’t Know Anything About Ethnic Food (The Federalist)

Contrary to all appearances, the Oberlin Review is not an Onion-style satire of social justice commentary. One might be excused for thinking so, however, after reading some of its headlines. The student-run newspaper of Oberlin College recently reported, “CDS Appropriates Asian Dishes, Students Say.”

Yes, now even making or eating foods another culture has inspired counts as “cultural appropriation.” If we can’t enjoy nights out eating sushi or Korean barbecued meats (and, in many cases, putting money into the pocket of an immigrant entrepreneur), then what’s the point of living? This social-justice warrior (SJW) craziness almost made me reach for a glass of sake until I realized that sake is a foreign import.

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Why people gather overnight for Apple grand openings (China Travel Writer blog)

Apple fans lined up outside the ist mall in downtown Nanjing at 11 pm Friday, January 15. They came from around China, some from as far Beijing and Chengdu, 1,600 km away (1,000 mi). The occasion? Nanjing’s second Apple store was opening the next day.

To a casual Apple fan like me still rocking an iPhone 3GS, it didn’t seem like much. Apple has over 472 stores in the world, including 32 in China, and Nanjing already has one in Wonder City mall, but some fans are super obsessed with new store openings. Lloyd Yu, from Beijing, has seen two dozen grand openings. “Apple has changed the world. It has changed everyone’s lifestyle,” he said.

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