Thursday, April 23, 2015

China Wants To Ban Funeral Strippers

By Asia Pop Culture

WSJ reported that China's Ministry of Culture said the government plans to work closely with the police to eliminate stripper performances at funerals.  Such performance is held with the goal to to attract large crowds of mourners at funeral, which is considered bringing deceased good fortune in the afterlife, and give family 'face'; otherwise, 'no one will come'.

Apparently, some pictures of such performance sort of gone viral online leading to the Ministry of Culture cited them as "obscene” performances and pledged crackdown. WSJ said that the Chinese government has been trying to fight the country’s funereal stripper 'custom' for almost 10 years now.

One thing I did find peculiar is that WSJ also noted that
"the mainland isn’t alone in its preference for the practice: similar ensemble performances are also popular in Taiwan – as National Geographic documented in 2012, with stilettoed, short-skirted women dancing graveside. The practice there dates back decades."
While growing up in Taipei, I've never seen any strippers performing at any funerals, period.  (Yes, I attended funerals there when I was still quite young, and passed by funerals in the neighborhood as well).  I tried to find the supposed documentary video at National Geographic, but the video simply did not play.

I guess Nat Geo could have come across one such performance at one of those remote country villages in Taiwan (most likely in the southern part of the island), but it is totally not a standard or popular practice.

Typically, the more well-to-do family (if you can afford hiring strippers at funeral, then the family should be well-to-do, right?) tends to hold funeral at big buddhism temple to get blessings from high monks (Taiwan must have one of the highest number of temples per capita in the world, if there's such stat.)

So I totally disagree with WSJ and Nat Geo mis-information that strippers at funeral is popular in Taiwan.