Squatting Girls in Shanghai Metro Spark Netizen Outrage

By Cathy Wu, March 1, 2016

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Public etiquette in China is in the spotlight again after a photo on Weibo showing two girls waiting for trains while squatting at a Shanghai Metro station sparked heated discussions online.

In the original post, which has since been deleted, user @我叫三颗牙 ("My Name is Three Teeth") lashed out at the two, saying that squatting in public was "ignorant of proper breeding."

Squatting Girls in Shanghai Metro Spark Netizen Outrage

Netizens responded, some echoing the criticism and others defending the behavior:


It is inelegant to squat in public, especially for young girls. The squatting ruins the whole style.


They are indeed too tired. Even the police said nothing about it.


People from Shanxi in northwest China eat food in the squatting position since ancient times, and who minds it? How come squatting offends public moral? I do not know what are on those people's mind when they see others squatting?

In an interview with The Paper, Hu Shensheng, professor at Shanghai University and expert on Chinese etiquette, said that while the girls' behavior was perhaps too causal, "the post puts an isolated incident under the microscope, which is unfair to the two girls."

[Image via the Paper]

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