Let me tell you how you know that the video game Bright Memory: Infinite was made in China. It’s not the lettering, or the landscapes, or the architecture, or anything else that Westerners associate with the country.

No, it’s this screenshot:

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That little cartoon animal doll — which bobbles its head and even pulls some anime swirly eyes if you drive badly enough — is the most Chinese thing I’ve ever seen. I could fill a short book with descriptions of the…

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Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Writer of fiction, documentarian, currently stranded in Asia. Learn more at www.findthefabulist.com.