The Chinese are trying to become more ‘Westernized’? Or ‘modernized’? Instead of accepting pajamas in public as part of the culture and allowing foreigners to see a different lifestyle, is Shanghai attempting to suppress the daily living habits of their local citizens?
The wearing of colorful, boldly-printed pajamas in public has been popular in the city for years, and well-documented on Flickr as well as National Geographic. But with the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai just three months away, city officials have launched a public etiquette clampdown targeting the unseemly practice.
The Chinese sociologist Zhang Jiehai explains the city’s cramped conditions have thoroughly blurred the distinction between public and private space—hence the popularity of wearing PJs in public. It’s a sad day indeed.
Reminds me of the book (un)Fashion by Tibor Kalman.