Why Do Our Faces Turn Bright Red at the Exact Moment We Wish We Could Disappear?
The paradox of blushing.
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Today tongzhi is seldom used in a political context, if ever: The Beijing LGBT center is called Beijing Comrade Center; 同志村, or comrade village, translates to gayborhood. So yeah, everyone knows what comrade really means—everyone except the president of China, apparently.