In which Chinese political repression comes face-to-face with freewheeling American values:
(while discussing a critical reading passage containing the word “protest”)
Student: I actually don’t know what protest means.
Me: Well, it’s when people disagree with an authority, and they want to show publicly that they disagree.
Student: But how do you do it?
Me: Well, you go on the street, hold signs, that sort of thing.
Student: Is it the same thing as a parade?
Me: No, parades are fun, you protest against something.
Student: So, it’s an angry parade.