A friend brought me this Mao statue back from China for my birthday. He said that Mao is everywhere in China and on everything, plates, cloth, watches... everything. It made me think that perhaps Mao is the Hello Kitty of China. So, I took this picture. Kawaii Mao.
My friend said, "It's a real one. You can tell it's real because it was made in China."
I didn't have the heart to tell him that almost all mass produced items for any political figure in the world, whether it's a democracy or a dictatorship, is produced in China. It's a real Ronald Reagan commemorative plate, you can tell because it was made in China. Not to mention balloons, flags and t-shirts.
I think "real" has become disconnected from country of manufacter at this point. It's all about where you buy it now. Of course it's real, I bought it at Nordstrom.
I have even heard people dismiss things by mentioning where they bought them, "Oh don't worry about that flashlight, it's from Target." The same flashlight purchased from Restoration Hardware would have more value.