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5 Videos from China’s Black Humour Sensation

Malicious teachers. Class bullies. Kafkaesque schools. Welcome to the world of Kuangkuang, the hapless nine-year-old who’s taking China by storm. “Kuangkuang’s Diaries,” better known in China as Kuangkuang Riji (哐哐日记) is an independent cartoon about growing up in the 80s that, since its 2008 creation, has become an internet sensation. Similar to shows like South […]

09·13·2011

5 Videos from China’s Black Humour Sensation

Malicious teachers. Class bullies. Kafkaesque schools. Welcome to the world of Kuangkuang, the hapless nine-year-old who’s taking China by storm. “Kuangkuang’s Diaries,” better known in China as Kuangkuang Riji (哐哐日记) is an independent cartoon about growing up in the 80s that, since its 2008 creation, has become an internet sensation. Similar to shows like South […]

09·13·2011

Malicious teachers. Class bullies. Kafkaesque schools. Welcome to the world of Kuangkuang, the hapless nine-year-old who’s taking China by storm. “Kuangkuang’s Diaries,” better known in China as Kuangkuang Riji (哐哐日记) is an independent cartoon about growing up in the 80s that, since its 2008 creation, has become an internet sensation. Similar to shows like South Park or the Simpsons, the cartoon is about children but not for them; cynical and often violent, “Kuangkuang” follows its perpetually bloody-nosed protagonist as he navigates the soul-crushing minefield of the 80s Chinese school system. Packed with evocative details, the cartoon has been a hit with China’s so-called balinghou (80后, post-80s) generation, as they indulge in shared nostalgia over the simple days when all they had to worry about was synchronized eye exercises. Check out five of our favorite episodes below. Don’t miss our full-length feature on Kuangkuang and the post 80s in our 2011/Sept Youth Issue.

Bombing the School,《炸学校》: A principal’s fart leads to death and destruction for Kuangkuang and his chicken.

One Mao Note, 《一毛钱》: After being robbed of one mao by his teacher’s son, Kuangkuang wreaks a rare form of revenge.

The 38th Parallel, 《三八线》: Fun with a condom leads to trouble.

The Blackboard Newspaper, 《黑板报》: Kuangkuang doesn’t want to be a PLA soldier and gets detention.

Peeing the Highest, 《尿得高》: Explains itself…

 

For more Chinese internet hilarity, try this re-dubbed video of Titanic.