The Strange Story of Bobbie the Bear, a Novelty Item So Popular That China Banned It (Video)

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May 20 2014 2:33 PM

The Purple Bear That Took China

How a small lavender farm made a stuffed bear so popular that the Chinese government got involved.

Thanks to promotion from Chinese celebrities like model Zhang Xinyu, up to 65,000 Chinese tourists flock to a small Tasmanian farm a year, all seeking the same thing.

Joel Fernando is an underground filmmaker and experimental audio/visual communicator based in New York City. Email him at Hello@JoelFernando.com or follow him on Instagram.

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