Flashy Funeral

Lascivious last rites: China cracks down on strippers at funerals

I do not go to very many funerals, but this is something different.  Families hiring strippers for their deceased loved-ones.  Stripping and pornography were outlawed since Mao Zedong was in power, because he believed that stripping and pornography degraded women – which it is.  I copied and pasted this short article from the LA Times, so find out why families are hiring strippers in the first place.  To see a picture, go to the article, in which the link can be found at the bottom

By Julie Makinen  April 24, 2015

Giving new meaning to “funeral services,” a number of Chinese families in recent months have added a lascivious element to their loved ones’ last rites: strippers.

The unseemly innovation came to public attention this week after China’s state-run Xinhua news agency detailed two instances of the practice and said police were working with the Ministry of Culture to stamp out the “uncivilized” and “pornographic” practice.

The goal of the adult entertainment, Xinhua indicated, was apparently to attract more mourners to the memorial service. In China, a paltry number of mourners can signify that a person was not well-liked and thus disgrace a family.

In recent years, out-of-work actors and others have hired themselves out as “professional mourners” to wail loudly at funerals.

The Ministry of Culture said one of the bare burials occurred in the northern province of Hebei near Beijing and the other in the eastern province of Jiangsu; both took place in February. In the Hebei case, six dancers from the Red Rose Dance Troupe performed from 8 to 10:30 p.m., with their final burlesque turning into a striptease, the ministry said.

In both cases, the organizers and performers were punished, some with fines up to $7,500 and “administrative detention” lasting 15 days.

Stripping is illegal in China.



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I began writing Elle's Adventure in China (EACh) in June 2014 as a fun summer project, but as obstacles kept interfering with my plans, I forked and forked more options. I took writing this novel much more seriously in mid-July, and want to have it officially published someday in my lifetime. As many artists put their hearts into their projects, so do I. I did not start out liking to read, but a professor suggested a book for me for homework a few years ago, and it was an amazing book. Since then, I read for pleasure, and I hope my novel, Elle's Adventure in China, does the same for as many of you as possible. The same thing goes to writing. I did not like to write until I took a course where the professor and papers made me love to write. I hope every one of you find what makes you happy and dedicated to work. In May 2015, I started my other blog, Read and Write Here (R&WH), as a place to post other things that aren't China- and Chinese culture-related and not EACh. I share some of my memories and experiences from student teaching, irregular participation in Daily Prompts, etc. I'd like to have regular people and bloggers to write book reviews and post it on R&WH someday. Keep reading and writing!

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