At the NPR two-way blog, an explainer of sorts about a sun protection accessory popular in China. Given the recent attention to balaklavas around the Pussy Riot story, one might glance at these images and think they're related. They're not. It's all about different cultural attitudes to tanning.

10 Responses to “Not a Pussy Riot protest: the Face-Kini is big in China”

  1. Chuck says:

    What — you mean we can’t have a more subdued Pussy Riot?  Or a quiet Pussy Riot?  (Not to be mistaken for a merger of two bands.)

  2. jj says:

    Wet fabric, shifting to cover my breathing holes, while in the ocean? I swear I’ve woken up screaming to that nightmare.

  3. Quiche de Resistance says:

    It’s always sunny in Qingdao?

  4. John Thomas says:

    Balaclava rather than balaklava of course, and I think they look great for incognito bathing.

  5. kiptw says:

    In China last summer, a large number of people out in the 100° sunshine were carrying umbrellas for some personal shade. I adopted the practice immediately. When in Rome, you might as well get more comfortable.

  6. Culturedropout says:

    So explain again how you can “enjoy the water and sand” while dressed like the love child of a Mexican wrestler and the Invisible Man?

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