Wednesday, September 12, 2012

When does a fridge look like a pagoda?

The answer to the above question, in the facetious view of cartoonist Al Nisbet, is when it is made in China. The cartoon, which appeared in the Manawatu Standard yesterday, was inspired by the report that Fisher & Paykel Appliance's Chinese shareholder, Haier, was considering a full takeover of the New Zealand manufacturer. I can't help thinking, though, that such cartoons belong in the late 19th century — when China was a newcomer to world of industry. Some would argue that they are slightly racist.

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