Thursday, March 3, 2011

More on "The Writing on the Wall: China's Implicit Communication"

[note: in the process of adding "labels" to my posts somehow this post (unlike all others) from February was treated as a new post when I edited it.] 

I've received some interesting feedback on my post at James Fallows blog, The Writing on the Wall: China's Implicit Communication.

One, from someone not in China, was particularly unexpected and asked about the meaning of numbers in Chinese bathrooms.   It actually raised an interesting issue.

In many parts of China I've seen phone numbers on outside walls, walls inside hallways of apartment complexes, etc.  However, I don't recall often seeing them in bathrooms.  I don't think bathroom graffiti is common here.

I'm not going to ponder it more deeply at the moment, but there may be some fascinating things to uncover.

Let me know if you have anything to add...


  1. I've very much enjoyed your guest stint filling in for James Fallows, and your photography. Thanks for an interesting interlude.

  2. Thanks Dave. I appreciate your comment. (just today discovered today I wasn't being notified of comments by email, hence the delay in reply)