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Eunuchs at an elementary school: dustup over Qing costumes

Morning Express
September 4, 2009

Founded through military conquest by the Manchus, a foreign power, and ended largely because the Manchu government failed to fend off Western colonists, the Qing Dynasty even today evokes a double humiliation among Han nationalists. So it is not surprising that a set of Qing Dynasty-related photos circulating on the Internet have caused a minor storm.

To observe September 1, the national back-to-school day, Hangzhou's Ziyang Elementary School held a special ceremony in which teachers and students wore Qing costumes. According to principal Lu Aiping, this was intended to honor the school's long history, which extends back to 1703 and the reign of the Kangxi Emperor.

Internet users saw it quite a bit differently. In a thread on, someone commented: they look like a bunch of eunuchs. Another netizen said, Qing costumes are the ugliest.

History was evoked to make the argument more compelling:

At the beginning of Kangxi's rule, Southern Ming minister Zhang Huangyan was captured and sent to Hangzhou to be dismembered. When the people saw Zhang in Ming style clothes, everyone shed tears. Now, 98 years after the Han drove out the aliens and recovered the country, how can these barbarian clothes still be the fashion? When they students wear barbarian clothes, do they even think of Zhang, who was buried by West Lake?

The newspaper report said that principal Lu has received scores of angry letters protesting the ceremony. One outraged citizen was afraid that his complaints would be ignored if he posted on the school BBS, so instead he hacked the school's website and posted an open letter decrying the ceremony.

Elementary school children in Qing costumes read from scrolls
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They look like a bunch of Chinese vampires.

What was the principal thinking?! Her ancestors must be rolling in their graves.

Why are they so angry over Qing costumes? I thought that the Qing dynasty was part of Chinese history, and is therefore Chinese. I mean, isn't that the basis of Chinese claim over Tibet?

@Weichen when the Chinese want to talk about border disputes, the Qing dynasty at its largest was in fact Chinese. Oh, and don't forget Kangxi's dictionary, that was Chinese. Otherwise, the Qing were not Chinese.


Out of a billion people how many a$s"0les were offended?

Agree with anon, these brain dead detractors are results of China's education system that failed to enlighten people.

Who cares? What retards don't realize is that every civilization in the world has had periods of "foreign rule", China is not some lone exception.

Europe, the Mideast, India have all had conflicting rulers from out of their individual kingdoms and empires, what's the big freaking deal? Yes, sometimes progress is slowed after conquest, yes, different culture is introduced, but everyone just accepts it as part of history. More than often people even acknowledge it as part of their heritage. Why is it only us that feel the need to reject it so vehemently?

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