2005: Sichuan Pig Flu Epidemic Humor


During the 2005 Pig Flu outbreak some pig flu humor erupted online that reminded me of  instant messaging humor that spread throughout China during the 2002 – 2003 pig flu epidemic. From a Chengdu web forum —

Pig Flu Humor


The pig got sick, but he had no health insurance, so he decided to leave the pig pen for a check-up. But the streets were full of dog and cat hospitals, he thought to go in there to get an intravenous drip but didn’t want to go there under the glowering eyes of the dogs and cats. For the sake of upholding pig dignity, he wouldn’t go to the pet hospital. Even if he had to stand quietly and accept being slaughtered, he wouldn’t lie down and accept doggish insults. So the pig chose he way of silence, he was sick yet he made no moans or snorts.

Finally the pig could stand it no longer, and so lay down on the ground, lay down his head and sneezed. And so swine flu broke out silently and then spread throughout the world.

The first pig who had the flu is gone now. On his tomb are written the words “We can either accept to be eaten in silence or we can explode that silence! This pig is the first in history to stand up against mankind’s exploitation and oppression of pigkind. He lived a wonderful life and died a glorious death!”

This does not express my personal views, I thought it was interesting and send it along for everyone to enjoy.

About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Now retired, translated Liao Yiwu's 2019 "Bullets and Opium", and studying some things. Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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