Saturday, July 26, 2008

A New Form of Chinese Acrobatics

According to the New York Times (thanks for the heads up, Robert!), a "growing number of Chinese women are experimenting with the country’s newest, and most controversial, fitness activity: pole dancing."

Case in point. The Lolan Pole Dancing School, which already has five locations around Beijing, is planning on opening six more studios this year.

Here is what Luo Lan, the owner of Lolan, says about pole dancing and her role as entrepreneur/ambassador: "I knew if I could give people a positive first impression of this as a clean, fun, social activity, people wouldn’t just accept it, they’d embrace it."

That's "new" China speaking. What does "old" China think about all of this?

Here is what a 30-year old interior design worker said: "Five years ago, this wouldn’t have been permitted. I think this is just a fad, and I don’t think it’s appropriate for women."

The battle for the post-communist soul of China rages on...



At 8:33 PM, Blogger Sharon said...

Hey Boog,
And you were soooo worried about what to do to supplement Steve's income while in China, LOL

At 9:11 PM, Blogger Desi said...

Hi Boog!
I was thinking about getting in better shape while over there. I thought walking was the answer...apparently this may prove a better option...after all, I am almost half Polish! LOL
Love, Desi


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