Wishing you a very merry holiday!
The poster reads, “Serve Asian Santa Claus,” and is a dodgy play on Chairman Mao’s famous call to “Serve the People.” It pokes fun at the current American controversy over whether Santa Claus is white. (This being the holiday season, we Americans simply must argue about something ridiculous and divisive.)
Here in Hong Kong, I am certain that my children are visited by Asian Santa. Just yesterday a jolly biracial Santa Claus gave out early Christmas-present-teasers to children in my Tai Po neighborhood. Furthermore, last month a local Hong Kong man, Plato Chan aka ‘Santa Banana,’ won the 2013 Santa Winter Games in Sweden. It was all cool. Suck it Fox News’s Megyn Kelly.
The original text of this propaganda poster was, “沿着毛主席的革命文艺路线胜利前进,” which, roughly translated, is a calling to follow Chairman Mao’s path of Cultural Revolution to the victorious end. Smiling Chairman Mao himself, is under the Santa hat and beard.
The original propaganda poster image was snagged from “The China Story” by the Australian Centre for China in the World.