stalin in the street

A few days ago, I was walking down Wangfujing Dajie, Beijing’s main shopping street, when I came across a public sculpture exhibition dedicated to world peace. Clearly, the standard olive branches and children-holding-doves material, while represented, wasn’t enough for the organisers of this exhibition. The vast majority of the pieces were instead of the time-honoured peace symbol of the headless Japanese soldier. As I stood in front of one sculpture depicting a katana slicing through the helmet of a Chinese soldier, I overheard two parents in front of me telling their five year-old daughter, “You see, this is because the Japanese came to China and killed us Chinese people.”

As I continued along, I came across a statue of Joseph Stalin, posed with his pipe and looking friendly as he chatted with FDR and Churchill at Yalta. What can you say?

Churchill and Stalin
Churchill and Stalin
FDR and Churchill
FDR and Churchill

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