This from Shanghaiist (via

A number of employees of a south China factory have been fired after refusing to sign guarantees in which they have to declare they are “sons of a beast” if they break their commitments to the company, reported Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News.

The company in Shenzhen city, whose name was not fully revealed in the newspaper report, requires it employees to sign written pledges that contain more than 30 articles including “loyalty to the factory” and “be respectful to superiors.”

The fifteenth article has caused the most controversy. It requires applicants to swear that if they break any of the articles they are “chu sheng” or ‘born by a beast’ which usually refers to a farm animal. The curse is serious in Chinese language.

[To the tune of Bruce Cockburn, “Maybe the Poet,” from the album “Stealing Fire (Deluxe Edition)”.]

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