Never ask an idle question on a blog, unless you want it answered. In this case I did, and I’m grateful to my old pal Vince for checking with his own pal Eddie, a native speaker of…I think Mandarin Chinese, although it could be Cantonese, and it may be both. (He’s a smart guy.) Anyway, I asked yesterday if anyone knew the meaning of the Chinese character in the “Red Dawn” remake, seen all over town these days.
And guess what, Eddie does: “It’s the date when the Communist Party told the Chinese people, regardless of their party affiliation, to stand up and fight against Japanese invasion” in 1935. (If you’d like to read Chairman Mao’s statement in its entirety, it’s the second footnote here, and let me warn you, Chairman Mao did not write in bumper stickers.)
So: Inside joke to those savvy enough to understand, key to some plot point, or just something the graphic designer liked? Whatever, thanks Vince, and thanks Eddie.
On edit: Vince writes: Eddie speaks Mandarin. (and Taiwanese, English & Japanese.) But reading the text has no regard for Mandarin vs Cantonese. The symbols are the same.