The Triggered Patriot

Photo of a man posing with a Coca-Cola bottle in 1981 symbolized a cultural shift in China

A young man stands grinning in Beijing’s Forbidden City. It’s the dead of winter, and one of his hands is buried deep into the pockets of his long overcoat to protect it from the chill. The other grasps the unmistakable contours of a glass Coca-Cola bottle.