- A Chinese woman wearing a kimono was prevented from entering Erhai Lake Ecological Footpath, a tourist attraction in the Chinese province of Yunnan, due to her attire.
- A video of the incident, which has gone viral on Chinese social media, shows security guards at the site berating the kimono wearer and her friends.
- “Is it appropriate for you to dress like this? Have you forgotten the Nanking Massacre?” asked one of the guards, in reference to the large-scale massacre and other atrocities committed by Japanese troops in 1937.
- As the guards continued to argue with the local tourists, other visitors, as well as some social media users now, joined in, calling the woman the “scum of society.”
- The tourist area’s management has since stated that they do not officially ban kimono wearers from entering the site and noted that they are now investigating the incident.
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A Chinese woman was stopped from entering a tourist place in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan for wearing a kimono.
The local tourist was visiting Erhai Lake Ecological Footpath in Dali with her friends when security guards confronted her for wearing the traditional Japanese dress, reported South China Morning Post (SCMP).
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Another visitor captured the incident on video which has since gone viral online. In the clip, one of the security guards can be heard berating the woman in Chinese (as translated by SCMP): “Is it appropriate for you to dress like this? Have you forgotten the Nanking Massacre?”
In her bestselling book, “The Rape of Nanking.” late journalist Iris Chang wrote, “Many soldiers went beyond rape to disembowel women, slice off their breasts, nail them alive to walls. Not only did live burials, castration, the carving of organs and the roasting of people become routine, but more diabolical tortures were practiced… So sickening was the spectacle that even Nazis in the city were horrified.”
As the guards continued lecturing the group, the kimono wearer argued that all she wanted to do was take pictures in the scenic parts of the area. One of her friends defended her and accused the guards of “morally kidnapping” them before asking, “Which law in China says people can not wear kimono?”
Soon after, other visitors joined in condemning the kimono wearer, reported SCMP. A female tourist reportedly told the group to “get out of Dali” and said, “Japanese killed your ancestors but you still wear their kimono. You are not Chinese.” Meanwhile, a male tourist said, “Don’t you feel shameful? Such a scum of society.”
The kimono wearer and her friends eventually decided to leave the area.
Administrators of the tourist spot said that they don’t have existing rules prohibiting visitors wearing kimonos from entering the tourist site. According to the tour zone’s manager, they are already looking into the case and will reach out to the concerned individual, reported SCMP.
The incident has sparked heated discussions online, with some arguing in favor of the kimono wearer and others offering negative opinions about her.
On social media platform Baidu, one commenter wrote, “Any Chinese with a little bit of history knowledge will not wear kimono in public places. This woman deserves to be scolded.”
Another user argued against such belief, saying, “According to this anti-kimono logic, I should not wear a suit because it is from the West and Western powers also invaded China over 100 years ago. We should not use Japanese products and we should not eat sushi? Please, be patriotic but also have a rational mind.”
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