Original title: 成都德克士烧汉服事件一周年——现场照片以及视频 (1 Year Anniversary of the Chengdu Dico’s Hanfu Burning Incident – On-site photos and videos)
Original Author: Bai*Yanzhi 白·胭脂
Translation/commentary: Satsuki Shizuka
Translator’s note: On the evening of October 16 one year ago, Sun Ting (alias; net alias Muka)’s unfortunate encounter with fanatic anti-Japanese demonstrators has left a significant scar among Chinese people, as their own kind mutilated their brethren in the name of ‘patriotism’, but led to international humiliation and a stinging pain among those who believe in restoring China as a land of virtue and decorum. One year later today, we still see young Chinese students being oppressed at school as their hair gets forcefully cut and publically ridiculed for wearing their traditional clothes, along with a plethora of other social injustices — but the social consciousness continues to stand in vigilance, making a stand for the expression of national and self identity, without the oppression of silent or violent discrimination.
Last year on this day in Chengdu, a shocking event happened here — the Hanfu burning incident. Now, a year has passed, but we have not drowned ourselves in sorrow and anger. We are happy to see that in the events of this year, with the dedication and work of all our tongpao comrades, more and more people are aware, understanding and accepting about Hanfu. One year later today, we still wear our beautiful yi-shang, standing in the very same place, and honestly accepting the dubious, shocked, or appreciating gaze of bypassers. We need to use our minute bits of strength, to tell everyone in the world: They can burn up Muka [Sun Ting]’s Hanfu, but they will never burn away the Hanfu in our hearts. Restoring Huaxia is a heavy responsibility, and the road is long. We will continue to walk down this path.
Last year, you have suffered a very disenheartening event at this place. After a year, this event has affected many people, and more people now understand and accept Hanfu than ever. At the same time we feel sorry and hurt for you, we are also happy to discover that over this past year, we have made significant progress on restoring Hanfu. Comrades join us in masses by the day. Today, at this very place, we gather together to tell everyone: They burnt away the clothes on Muka’s body, but they can never burn away the Han clothes in our hearts!
We hope that Muka can walk out of her shadows soon,
and we hope that such tragedies will never happen again.
The mission of restoring Huaxia is heavy and the path is long, but we will continue to walk down this way.
Lest you say you have no clothes, for I share my robes with you! 岂曰无衣，与子同袍！