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Japanese AV Idol Sora Aoi Sparks Uproar In China for Wearing Communist Young Pioneers' Red Scarf

Sora Aoi (photo by D.T Johnson [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons)

Japanese AV idol Sora Aoi sparked an uproar in China for wearing in public a red scarf of the Young Pioneers (中国少年先锋队), a Chinese Communist Party's youth organization.

Last August Aoi was invited to a charity event organized by a Chinese company in Dehong Prefecture, in western Yunnan Province. She appeared on stage wearing the characteristic red scarf of the Young Pioneers.

The Young Pioneers slammed the use of their symbol as offensive and as a vilification of the heroes of the Communist revolution. "The company has ignored Chinese laws," a statement released by the Young Pioneers said. "[It] has ignored the spiritual content of the red scarf, the professional reputation of millions of Young Pioneers' teachers, and has sullied the image of the Young Pioneers."


Bai Zhentang, the owner of the company, issued an apology: "I solemnly apologize to the entire nation. We will examine and reflect on our behaviour, and we guarantee that a similar incident will not happen again."

When the incident became public, the Market Supervision Bureau of the Shanghai Pudong New Area launched an investigation. On December 4, the Bureau sentenced Bai Zhentang's company to pay a fine of a million renminbi.

The Children's Corps of China was set up shortly after the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on October 1949. In June 1953 the organization was renamed Young Pioneers of China. By 1962 it had 50 million members (Price, R.F.: Marx and Education in Russia and China, p. 306). Membership in the Young Pioneers is mandatory for children from six to 14. The organization aims at propagating patriotism, collectivism, socialism, and communism. 

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