A Chinese high school girl, proclaiming herself “beautiful”, has pursued a unique form of nationalist anti-Japanese protest, by placing anti-Japanese slogans all over her underwear and then posting photographs of the results on major Chinese boards, causing something of a stir.
Emblazoned on the seat of her pants is the legend “抗日”, or “Anti-Japan”, and she has similar slogans on the front (“Don’t forget the shame of the War!”).
The reason for her display is said to be personal disaffection at being spurned during study in Japan (there does not appear to be any connection to discrimination or racism – rather she is upset at Japanese not recognising her great physical beauty). After this, she felt it necessary to become an advocate of anti-Japanese sentiment.
The Chinese reaction is mixed, with some denouncing her as being merely an attention seeker, whilst others rally to her support in castigating Japan for some unspecified reason; there are plenty of frothing calls for revenge and similar too.
The Japanese reaction is generally one of amusement – some can’t help but observe that the “national shame” she is so concerned about might well be her.
Whatever the case, she seems at least to have succeeded in attracting attention to herself…
Japan itself has issued a huge number of apologies for its devastating wartime rampage accross Asia, and has over the years paid China many billions of dollars in development aid. A convenient external scapegoat appears to be too valuable to the Party to give up, however. None of this has any apparent connection to her good looks.