Winnie the Pooh

I thought it would be fun to show a few more Western characters that are popular in China, so at the supermarket today I went looking through stationery items, children’s books, toys and clothes. Recently, I had seen a little Chinese girl at a restaurant with a Winnie the Pooh book, but when I looked today, I couldn’t find much Winnie the Pooh, although I remember seeing quite a bit in the past. When I looked online for info about Winnie the Pooh in China, I was surprised to find that there was an issue with the government blocking Winnie the Pooh searches last year! Supposedly, an image with a Winnie the Pooh toy ended up being the most censored image of 2015!  I guess someone decided to have some fun comparing the Chinese president to Pooh Bear in numerous images! This ties in with another topic that doesn’t really have a photo to go with it so I’ll include it here…. the “Great Firewall” of China. Censorship is part of life in China. We regularly use a VPN or “Virtual Private Network” to connect to the internet with an American IP address. Otherwise, we couldn’t access Facebook, You Tube, Google, many Western hosted blogs and homeschooling sites and much more! Every so often, the government tightens security and the VPN’s go down for a while…so, if I suddenly seem to stop posting, that’s the problem. It was a challenge getting my post done from the hotel the other night, I had to email myself the picture and post from my phone, on which I have a mobile VPN. So, I’m not posting any links, you’ll have to look for yourselves if you’re interested in reading more or seeing the picture. Oh, and back to Pooh Bear, he is called 维尼熊 Wéiní xióng (pronounced “way nee she ong”) or Winnie Bear, and he IS loved by Chinese children :-) These pictures show Winnie used on a fruit yogurt drink packaged for children and a small plastic bag I had gotten from a little shop.