He Jingtang, architect of the China pavilion at Expo 2010 (Shanghai World’s Fair), on how he celebrated the crowds that turned out to view his building on October 1:
“I especially chose underwear with the China Pavilion logo today to express my happiness.”
As quoted (quote of the Expo, if you ask me) in Shanghai Daily, 2 October 2010.
[UPDATED TWO HOURS LATER: I posted this item quickly, a few minutes before I had to board a flight. Now, after a couple of hours to contemplate Mr. He’s statement, something occurs to me: where can one buy underpants branded with the China pavilion logo? I’ve been at the Expo literally dozens of times, visited a very large percentage of the gift shops (including the one devoted to selling Expo flip-flops), and I’ve yet to see any sign of China pavilion underpants. Quite frankly, instinct tells me that whoever is in charge of licensing China pavilion goods would view branded underpants as lagging in the national dignity that the China pavilion is supposed to convey. So:
- Mr. He is not being truthful about his underpants, or;
- Mr He has access to a supply of China pavilion underpants (knock-offs???) otherwise unavailable to the public, or;
- There’s an Expo store selling China pavilion underpants and I want to know where it is.
Anyone who can help with the last point will be credited in this space, and gifted something of value.