Thursday, June 29, 2006

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The big-print headline of today's Shanghai Morning Post, a major city newspaper, is this:

泳池“亲密举止”当谨慎上演

  • 一些家长担心对孩子有“视觉污染”
  • 游泳馆表示只能委婉提醒

Today, the topic we are most concerned about is... (drumroll)... PDAs in local swimming pools. Parents worry that young couples hugging and kissing at public natatoriums will harm the mental development of their young children. The mother of one 6 year-old says that a child's instinct to imitate is particularly strong at that young age, so seeing these "things that should not be seen" is not so good. Pool officials say that this is personal behavior and cannot be regulated, and that they can only go so far as to issue "tactful reminders".

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