"Thirsty" is a nice way of putting it…

Perry Bible Fellowship

The frame at left is from a comic strip called The Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch. (Apparently he doesn’t want people linking directly to certain comic strips. “Kids Are Thirsty” is currently at the top of the list, but if you’re getting to this blog entry late, you may need to scroll down a bit to find it.) It’s an excellent comic strip… it’s a lot like The Far Side, but a bit darker and with its own distinct brand of humor, of course. It’s far from derivative.

After teaching kids in Shanghai for about a year, I don’t feel this “Kids Are Thirsty” comic is much of an exaggeration. Is it kids everywhere, or Chinese kids in particular? Not having taught kids anywhere else, I can’t make the comparison.

Whatever happened to the Kool-Aid man, anyway? Is he still doing his thing? If not, maybe he met his demise in China.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. Just the other day, the KOOL AID character came up in a discussion. I was asking where that character ended up as my childhood memories of TV on Sunday morning could recall the red kool aid character running around. I’m pretty sure the Kool Aid character is alive and well in the ghetto’s of America. The “peeps” in the ghetto use kool aid as a substitute for milk on their cocoa puffs and fruity loops cereal.

  2. I don’t think it’s just Chinese kids… Imagine how the buses and subway trains in China would complain about the adults. 😉

  3. Hi, I’ve taught in France, and kids there are slightly different, a real pain in the neck.

    ps: On a different note, why is the author’s mail not working? I mean I tried to mail John, but not working.

  4. Eh? My mail isn’t working? How so?

  5. Andrew,

    Heh, very good point. I’m sure Kool-Aid Man doesn’t ride public transportation in China. (I think all he ever does to get from point A to point B is bust through walls.)

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