Sunday, April 25, 2010

Learning how to be Civilized

Several months ago a government mandate was announced in Shanghai encouraging the residents to be more civilized in preparation for the upcoming world Expo which begins on May 1.

Interestingly enough, instead of focusing on things like: scooters, bikes and cars on sidewalks, pushing and cutting in line, uninhibited public urinating, and my favorite the spitting of huge luggies everywhere; the government has decided that there should be no more pajama wearing in public!

Admittedly, there are a large number of Shanghai residents (like the one below) that can been seen on a daily basis wearing their pajamas on the streets as they go about their shopping and socializing, but really?  It's a bit strange that this is the way the government measures the civility of a city.

We came across this park last week and I had to wonder if the government was keeping tabs on it to ensure no pajamas were worn inside.


Will said...

Priorities Carrie! ;)

Molly W. said...

Wha???? that's just plain crazy! that the gov't can control that but moreover, how many people do it!!