(CNN)—If you were mourning the loss of a loved one in China, at least the entertainment might have cheered you up. Until now.
In rural China, hiring exotic dancers to perform at wakes is an increasingly common practice, but is now the latest focus of the country’s crackdown on vice.
Strippers are invited to perform at funerals, often at great expense, to attract more mourners, China’s official Xinhua news agency said.
Another report suggested another motivation: that the performances “add to the fun.”
Photos obtained by CNN from an attendee at a village funeral in Cheng’an County in Hebei Province show mourners of all ages, including children, watching the performance.
12 entries categorized "China"
In no particular order:
- The Saga of The Trip Home in text messages and international phone calls
- I ATE A BIRD FOOT and other adventures in cuisine
- OMG crowded sidewalks at 02:00???
- Some other stuff that escapes me at this moment
So, yeah. Pester me about it, would you?
There’s a certain charming whimsy to the cuteness that, to my eye, pervades a lot of Asian culture. Maybe we in America need a bit more silly in our daily lives, eh wot?