0114 Buk Bed

Mar 08, 2017, 03:14 PM

This is Randi Hacker with another Postcard from Abroad from the KU Centers for East Asian Studies and Russian and East European Studies.

Children’s beds come in many shapes: racecars, pirate ships, fire engines, dollhouses. But a kid’s bed shaped like a deadly missile? Who in the world thought THAT was a good idea? CaroBus, that’s who. CaroBus is a company here in St. Petersburg that makes unusual furniture for children. And though some parents in this city were unsure of the wisdom of such a product, CaroBus went ahead and marketed it anyway claiming that no trauma was meant and that it was just shaped like a “cool military vehicle.” The bed has a name; it’s called Defender. It sports a red star and Russia’s tricolor flag and it resembles a Buk missile of the type that brought down a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people. This is the stuff that dreams are made of – specifically bad dreams.

With thanks to Lisa Giullian for this text, from the KU Center for East Asian Studies, this is Randi Hacker. Wish you were here.

"Girl Waiting For Sleep" Image Courtesy of Alyssa L. Miller. Released under a CC BY 2.0 license. 

#Russia #Hacker #Giullian #CEAS #CREES