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Friday, April 24, 2015

Let's hope 2015-16, the year of China-Canada Cultural Exchange, includes them sending us funeral strippers

The 2015-2016 China-Canada Year of People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges has been launched at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver,Canada on April 13, 2015.

The opening ceremony was attended by Vice Minister of Chinese Ministry of Culture Ding Wei and more than 150 representatives from the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver, the federal government of Canada, the governments of British Columbia and Vancouver, as well as local media, business and culture associations.

"The China-Canada Year is a two-year cultural exchange program," said Ding, "There are 26 major cultural exchange projects with more than 100 showings confirmed as part of the event. These include Canada-China film and TV co-productions, friendship city exchanges, as well as mutual visits by each country's visual artists, craftspeople, performers, authors and museum exhibitions."

The China-Canada Year was initiated by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his last visit to China in November, 2014....


In China, friends and family of the deceased may have to do without a special form of funereal entertainment: strippers.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture on Thursday, the government plans to work closely with the police to eliminate such performances, which are held with the goal of drawing more mourners.

Pictures of a funeral in the city of Handan in northern Hebei province last month showed a dancer removing her bra as assembled parents and children watched. They were widely circulated online, prompting much opprobrium. In its Thursday statement, the Ministry of Culture cited “obscene” performances in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, as well as in Handan, and pledged to crack down on such lascivious last rites...
I'm outraged about this! If a woman is going to do a striptease in front of me, I'd hope she would have the decency to do it while I'm alive. Of course there are exceptions. 

h/t Sassy 

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