Too much skin in Tibet? Nude photos taken near sacred lake spark outcry. Source:Global Times Published: Photos of a woman who appears nude at a sacred Tibetan Buddhist lake were met with both criticism and praise on Chinese social media, media reported Wednesday.
Naked Pictures in Tibet Cause Online Controvery | What's on Weibo
A ccording to China Tibetan News, pictures of a Chinese woman getting naked by the Yamdrok Lake in Tibet went viral on Chinese social media on April 11, causing widespread discussions amongst Chinese netizens. YouchumDolkar posted a screenshot from WeChat, from the account of a photographer named Yu Feixiong, who also has a Weibo account where he regularly posts his work of pictures in taken in Tibet. Both photographs by Yu Feixiong, who also took the controversial naked pictures. In , netizens protested when it was announced that there would be sightseeing tours around the area, Sina reports. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce our content without permission — you can contact us at info whatsonweibo. Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.
Naked in Tibet: The Yamdrok Lake Incident and the Violence of Han Hegemony
T he sacred waters of Yamdrok Lake in Tibet shine a brilliant blue green that attracts pilgrims and tourists alike. But earlier this week the focus shifted from the turquoise waters to a semi-naked woman who was photographed by the lakeshore. Images of the scantily clad model were posted — and reposted — on Chinese social media earlier this week, catalyzing debate about whether the nude photo shoot constituted a cultural sin, akin to, say, images of undress in the heart of the Vatican.
In this blog I discuss a series of images that have sparked uproar and debate among Tibetan and Han netizens over the past few days. Cyberspace has been ablaze with heated commentary over whether or not this constitutes an act of disrespect to Tibetan culture. While the story has picked up widespread coverage in both Chinese and Western media, I want to use this blog to reflect on the necessity of situating this particular incident within a long series of state-sponsored practices of ethnic commodification, cultural appropriation, and violent defilement of Tibetan culture for Han desire. The incident was also widely covered across major media outlets in China, generating huge commentary online.