American prankster Andrew Hales posted another video of himself pulling off what he describes as a "social experiment" in Chengdu.
This time, instead of nabbing strangers' umbrellas, it's holding strangers' hands.
Hales's success rate at getting people to hold his hand doesn't seem to be as high as getting people to let go of their umbrellas, but a few play along good-naturedly — not nearly as many who give him dirty looks, scream, or jump away in horror.
Online reactions to Hales's China videos, which are part of his larger body of work, shot in locations around the world, vary: The holding hands video received more than 1 million views on Youtube within the first two days of posting. However, the umbrella video# seemed to garner a number of vitriolic comments.
In the meantime, Hales also wrote a blog post about his week-long visit to Chengdu, which details every fresh-off-the-plane-young-white-guy initial reaction to China (everything's so cheap, man! Free booze! Girls worshiping me! Everybody loves us because we're white! Everything's so cheap! Squat toilets! Nobody speaks English!) so exactingly that it almost seems like a spoof laowai-in-China blogs. But not quite.