Playing Card Confessions


Earlier this year, police in the southern city of Guangzhou began producing decks of playing cards featuring Guangdong’s most-wanted criminal suspects, with the hope that the public would come forward with information about them. The new method resulted in many suspects coming forward and turning themselves in. In the this cartoon, posted by artist Tian Cheng (天呈) to Sina Weibo, a most-wanted criminal bows his head with contrition as he holds his own most-wanted playing card, the King of Clubs, over his head. His shadow trails behind him, making out the Chinese characters for “confession,” tanbai (坦白).

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