Blog of the Month: Wuluwu

Every month Talk Magazine scours the web for blogs with some of the most insightful, interesting and downright strange content related to the Middle Kingdom.

Expat life in Shanghai is full of unique trials and tribulations. It might be the annoyance of getting cut off in line by locals oblivious to line etiquette. It might be the difficulty of ordering take-out from your local Chinese restaurant. And then there's the litany of incidents involving ayi...

The tumblr based blog Wuluwu attends to these concerns with a biting and sarcastic wit that only a seasoned Shanghai hand could muster. Named after the cross streets of Wulumuqi Lu and Wuyuan Lu, the neighbourhood where the anonymous blogger (and many a Shanghai expat) lives, topics from expat life are parodied with a topic and a corresponding animation taken from an American TV show or film. ‘GOING TO NANJING DONG LU’ shows Robert Downey Jr from Iron Man suiting up and preparing for battle. ‘TIPPING IN CHINA’ shows Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka exclaiming, "You get nothing!" ‘VISITING BUDDHIST TEMPLES’ (pictured) has Keanu Reeves as Ted from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure saying "All we are is dust in the wind, dude."

When reading it, one can't help but feel that it's all a bit irreverent and juvenile. Still, the laugher that comes out of one’s mouth is proof enough of its genius. Shanghai’s expat community has long deserved to be lampooned, and this blog nails it. If you haven't checked out Wuluwu yet, you should. You don't want to be the last one to know what all the chuckling is about.


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