Thursday, March 15, 2007


This message rolled into my Gmail inbox last night:

Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 18:06:30 +0800
From: happyout
To: msittig
Subject: 12.31




(1)杀人游戏:10RMB/人 (2)聚餐:30元左右/人(其中包括10元场地、水、电、煤气、配料等分摊费用)


What is it? Where did they get my e-mail address? Browsing their website, it becomes clear that it's a club for people who like to travel/hike and have parties. They have backpacks, tents, sleeping bags for rent. They plan trips together. And like the above e-mail advertises they have parties at their "home base", an apartment in Xujiahui. This party is an Assassins/UNO party. For a small door fee you can join the party, and pay a bit more for snacks. The rest of the e-mail goes on to explain the rules of UNO, as this is a relatively new game; as opposed to Assassins, which thanks to English teachers all over China enjoys a long and prosperous history in this country.

Again, how'd they get my e-mail? In general, these kinds of club are characterized in the media as "white-collar clubs" for young people with discretionary income, and not enough downtime or cultural training to casually meet potential spouses. The above e-mail announces that parking is limited; only white-collar workers would have their own cars. These people also spend a lot of time in front of computers at work, so they tend to browse the BBSs. I'm pretty sure they dug through the profiles of one BBS or another and picked out my Gmail address.

I'm not going to attend.


At Mar 16, 2007, 9:13:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said:

hi micha...interesting, what is "asasin"? i didnt spoeak ot the sonic youth guy, he went to class and then had to run out befoore i could chat to him

At Mar 16, 2007, 11:11:00 AM, Blogger Micah Sittig said:

Now that I think about it, it's mactually called "Mafia" (but translated into Chinese as "Assassin Game").

In English, Assassins is a different game:

At Mar 16, 2007, 12:02:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said:

oh, ok thanks for clearing that oen up! do u mind if i quote a postign u did on subway station ammes on my blog? its a great little piece.

At Mar 16, 2007, 12:53:00 PM, Blogger Micah Sittig said:

Of course you may. As long as I publish something, feel free to quote it.


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