How to be a Good Corrupt Official

"I want to be a corrupt official!"

Probably in response to this craziness, worker and blogger Wan Xiaodao has written a list of rules for corrupt officials. He’s done the research — each rule comes with a case study we’ve left untranslated for now — so if you want to be a corrupt official in China and get away with it, read these rules carefully:

How to be a Great Corrupt Official

  1. You must not write a diary.
  2. You must not curse in public.
  3. You must not smoke expensive cigarettes or wear expensive clothes in public.
  4. You must not live in a great house or drive a great car.
  5. You can’t use public vehicles to go to entertainment areas or to travel
  6. You can’t support/have a mistress.
  7. You can’t train a “second generation” of officials [to take your place]
  8. You must have [supporters] backstage.

There you have it. Personally though, I think these rules take almost all the fun out of being a corrupt official. After all, what’s the use of all that dirty money if you can’t flaunt it in public?


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  1. anon

    Sounds like a really good official (one of the most endangered animals in China.)

  2. Apparently people here aren’t interested in being corrupt officials. LAME!

  3. optmistic

    Sounds really satirical to me… As long as you’re a good official, you can be a great corrupt official?

  4. Jones

    Work hard kissing asses your entire life just to get into the position to be a corrupt official, gain a large personal wealth and NOT have mistresses, nice clothes, mistresses, nice car(s) and house(s), and mistresses? What’s the point?

  5. Kyle

    This was the downfall of 宋思明 in 蜗居, which, if you haven’t seen yet, you gotta see.

  6. Hmm. Sensationalism to attract readers perhaps? Be careful of the China censors dudes. They know where you live. Not good commentary during the NPC guys. Deliberate confrontation doesn’t bode well.

  7. Nathan



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