Are There No Sweatshops?

26 Mar

“It’s a common sight at dusk and dawn in China’s public parks and plazas — hordes of elderly women meet to exercise together, dancing synchronized routines while blasting loud music.
Mass public dancing to music of all styles has long been popular with retirees, with some even breaking out moves in international public spaces, from Moscow’s Red Square to outside the Louvre in Paris.
But the raucous music and large groups have become a nuisance for many Chinese residents who live near popular sites. Some are so annoyed that they’ve reportedly dumped poop on the dancing grannies.
Beijing is eager to restore public order. So it has approved 12 dance routines developed by China’s General Administration of Sports and Ministry of Culture, set to appropriate songs that the grannies must now pick up and learn if they want to continue shimmying their way through public spaces.
“From today, public dances will no longer vary by neighborhood, but will become nationally unified,” state media reported.”

http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/25/news/china-dancing-grandmas/index.html

http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/china-seeks-to-impose-its-own-routine-on-public-dancing/?_r=0

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/03/25/chinas-war-on-square-dancing-grannies/

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