File puptcrit/puptcrit.0801, message 12


Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 18:57:42 -0500
To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Unexpected puppet news from China


It is always a pleasure to read Alan Cook's thoughtful, informative,
wise and humorous postings!

Happy New Year indeed!

Dr. John T. Bell
Director
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
University of Connecticut
6 Bourn Place Unit 5212
Storrs, Connecticut  06269-5212
office: 860 486 0806
cell: 617 599 3250
www.bimp.uconn.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org
[mailto:puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org] On Behalf Of Alan Cook
Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 6:12 PM
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: [Puptcrit] Unexpected puppet news from China

The Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2007 had a half-page article about
the English language newspaper (The China Daily) and its daily news of
the weird.

Among the weird reports:

Recently Hong Kong welfare workers were using puppets to demonstrate
masturbation techniques to the mentally handicapped ("Puppets enlisted
to instruct on onanism") as a means of dealing with their sexual needs.
"Psychologists said previous attempts at teaching the mentally
disabled...had led to misunderstandings and even proved dangerous". No
amplification of this information followed, but puppet shows sound like
an improvement.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

ALAN COOK


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