The Chinese people have always been regarded as conservative people, particularly in dress habits. For?
The Chinese people have always been regarded as conservative people, particularly in dress habits. For centuries, Chinese women wrapped themselves into a cocoon and exposed as little of their bodies as possible.
Today many of the older women still believe in covering themselves from neck to toe, but no longer their children. For them it's from neck to thigh only - hot pants.
Ever since Europeans came to the Far East, they have been beguiled by the fascinations of the Orient. Today the reverse is true - at least as far as fashions are concerned.
Already the close-fitting classical Chinese dress, the cheongsam, has given way to the mini-skirt. Now that is succumbing to the more revealing western hot pants.
With topless bars sprouting in Hong Kong where Chinese girls expose even more of themselves, the outraged older members of the community are wondering what barbaric habit will next seduce their granddaughters.
Whatever it is, it seems certain that the younger overseas Chinese will become even more Western in their dress habits. Chinese companies are even holding contests to promote hot pants.
In this one, the winner was a girl with a name that no Western influence is ever likely to change: King Ching-ching.