by Stan Abrams, China Hearsay
now for something completely different — just because I can. Hard to resist this story about a draconian set of rules at a high school in Hangzhou whose administration seems obsessed with public displays of affection. You have to read the entire China Daily article to appreciate this nonsense:
A sophomore at Hangzhou Changhe High School said female and male students are not allowed to show up on campus in pairs, Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News reported Thursday.
The student also said there are two additional rules, which say that the distance between the sexes must be at least 50 centimeters while at school, and they cannot have meals with the opposite sex at the same table.
I wonder where they came up with that 50 centimeter number? Is there something those crazy kids could manage at a distance of, say, 40 centimeters, but not at 50? I know plenty of folks whose extremities are well over 80 centimeters, so these kids could get into a lot of trouble even with that limitation.
Hey. Get your minds out of the gutter. Eighty cm was a reference to arm length. That’s way too long for . . . well, for other kinds of appendages.
You know, it occurs to me that perhaps this 50 cm rule doesn’t go far enough, unless kids in Hanghzhou these days are all Lilliputian? My goodness. What are they feeding those poor wee bairns? The school might wish to review its nutrition program as well as campus morality.
But let’s not jump to conclusions. What does the school have to say about all this?
However, the school’s vice headmaster, surnamed Yuan, said there is only one ban on female and male students spending time alone, and that the other two bans are misunderstood by students.
Yuan added that the prohibition is just to prevent male and female students from having too much close contact.
Ah, this is all a big misunderstanding. There aren’t any special rules on eating together or being within 50 cm of each other. There’s just a blanket prohibition on “too much close contact.” Got it?