Yes, you’re reading that right. In rural China, the hiring of ‘exotic dancers’ for wakes has become increasingly common. Strippers are hired to perform at the funeral services to attract more mourners, according to Xinhua, China’s official news agency. Some have also suggested that the dancers are just intended to “add to the fun” (because a sad affair like a funeral is just the sort of event that needs some spicing up?). Hiring ‘professional mourners’ is a common practice in some parts of China, and these “kusangren,” as they are called, often offer performances as well. As some of those dance acts have become increasingly racy, however, they have become the focus of the country’s crackdown on vices. Last year, the government had urged police to step up their efforts taking on the “three vices:” prostitution, gambling and drug trafficking. Government reports say that stripteases are “uncivilized” and undermining “the cultural value of the entertainment business.” The Ministry of Culture announced it had investigated two separate cases and have held two dancers in “administrative detention.”
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