Living in China: grab your “Oba-Mao” T-shirts

At the hype of US President Barack Obama’s first visit to China, the hottest sales item on Beijing’s streets is a t-shirt featuring Obama’s face replacing China’ former leader Mao Zedong’s face in an iconic image of the Communist Party and Red Army:

Beijing residents pedal their bikes past an Obama Mao t-shirt for sale.

Beijing residents pedal their bikes past an Obama Mao t-shirt for sale. (From CCTV)

A Chinese woman looks at an Obama Mao t-shirt for sale (from CCTV)

A Chinese woman looks at an Obama Mao t-shirt for sale (from CCTV)

A Chinese woman holds an Obama Mao t-shirt for sale. (From CCTV)

A Chinese woman holds an Obama Mao t-shirt for sale. (From CCTV)

The red Chinese characters in the Oba-Mao T-Shirt read Serve the People, (written by) Mao Zedong. (From CCTV)

The red Chinese characters in the “Oba-Mao” T-Shirt read “Serve the People, (written by) Mao Zedong.” (From CCTV)

via Obama T-shirt is sold in Beijing CCTV-International.

Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

2 Responses

  1. Raj Rajabali says:

    Totally side splitting. :-)

  1. November 20, 2009

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Itamar Medeiros and Paper Plane, Ben Sykes. Ben Sykes said: #ixd Living in China: grab your “Oba-Mao” T-shirts « { [email protected]http://bit.ly/19oJUw […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.