Skip to main content

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. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Rumours About Chinese Actress Fan Bingbing's Arrest Spread Online

Rumours about the arrest of Chinese model and actress Fan Bingbing on charges of tax evasion have spread on Chinese media.
As Apple Daily reports, celebrity Fan Bingbing and her younger brother Fan Chengcheng have allegedly been detained for taking part in a tax evasion scheme alongside her manager, Mu Xiaoguang.
Mu has also allegedly been charged with destroying incriminating evidence.

On May 28 TV anchor Cui Yongyuan posted on Weibo a contract that showed Fan Bingbing being paid $1.56 million (RMB10 million) for four days’ work on director Feng Xiaogang's film “Cell Phone 2.” 

Later Cui released another contract worth $7.8 million (RMB50 million) for the same work. He alleged that Fan had declared to tax authorities only the first contract, thus avoiding to pay taxes on the second, larger amount. 

Double-contracts for the purpose of tax evasion are known in China as "yin-yang contracts". 

Although the Chinese government censored Cui's posts, in early June China's t…

Why Liberals Should Embrace Fair Trade, Debate Role Of Tariffs

On the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver made fun of Donald Trump's tariffs and mocked him for not understanding how free trade works.  
Oliver noted that tariffs are paid by importers and typically passed along to US consumers, leading to higher prices. Tariffs could cost the US hundreds of thousands of jobs, Oliver argued. 
Trade deficits "aren't actually always bad, and many economists believe, for very complex reasons involving savings rates and the dollar's special status as the world's reserve currency, that America's trade balance might be more or less where it should be," he said.
Oliver argued that "the overwhelming consensus among economists is that trade between countries generally speaking can create jobs, lower costs, and be a net benefit to both nations." 
But is John Oliver right?

We shall argue that although Trump's tariffs lack a clear strategy and are therefore not the right path for the US, tariffs…

Chinese Dissidents Found Shanghai Independence Party, Oppose Communist Rule

A group of Chinese dissidents has founded a new party that challenges the dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and advocates Shanghai independence. 
Since Xi Jinping took office in 2012, the Chinese government has tightened its grip on civil society and the media, cracking down on free speech, hardening its stance towards Taiwan and launching an all-out assault on Uighur society. However, the Party's increasingly oppressive policies are causing a backlash. 
In the United States a group of Chinese dissidents have formed the Shanghai National Party (上海民族黨), also called Humindang (滬民黨), from the character Hu (滬), the short name for Shanghai. 
「上海民族黨」在紐約成立 反共並要求上海獨立 https://t.co/KQEzGIEDqgpic.twitter.com/IHOwIeuUKe — RFI 華語 - 法國國際廣播電台 (@RFI_TradCn) August 12, 2018

The party, registered on July 18 in New York, United States, promotes the overthrow of the Communist regime and the independence of Shanghai. The slogan of the party is: "Leave China, return to Europe, compreh…