Playing the “1989” game

I would equate the enjoyment experienced by a Xinhua journalist tasked with writing a story relating to Tiananmen Square 1989 to biting into a hollow baozi. Staring into a situation with the neon words “NO WIN” looming large, the writer has to craft the story without stringing the numbers 1, 9, 8 and 9 together, making sure he goes light on the implication; just a sprinkle to prove the subject hasn’t flown over his head, but not so much that his pay check is chopped in half at the end of the month.


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