Why Malay and Indian female teachers can wear their traditional dresses (i.e. Baju Kurung and Sari respectively) at any occasion freely but Chinese are not allowed to wear their Cheongsam? (It stated clearly in our Etika Berpakaian Guru.)
Why huh? Why Chinese girls cannot wear cheongsam? I used to have this doubt~ I have grumbled a lot about this ‘unfair phenomenon’ and even guessed what our government is conspiring. Are they trying to ‘eliminate our tradition’?
Anyhow, I have observed that sometimes not the authority oppresses our cheongsam, but we ourselves rather reluctant to wear it. It is perhaps due to cheongsam looks a bit sexy, provocative and some say menjolok mata especially for society which is relatively conservative like Malaysia.
That’s why we found that cheongsam is not suitable for teachers who should need a higher modesty in their profession; if not whole school will become very HOT~ because of the dress…lol
Actually, our 'cute' government is well-intentioned for this matter, they are not eliminating our tradition but protecting it instead.
Protecting us from cheongsam~! Thank you, government~ lol
Hmmm, I am speaking neither sarcasm nor incoherence, but I am very serious to say so. Ladies and gentlemen, please listen this carefully: cheongsam/qipao and samfu/magua are not our Chinese traditional clothes.
They are Manchu’s, a nomadic race once lived at north of the Great Wall and had notoriously contributed backwardness and barbarism to Chinese civilization because of their almost three centuries of brutal invasion. Read this Hanfu is in Jitra now!!!
Since we have already understood that cheongsam is originated from Manchu, so there is pointless for us to keep on wearing these alien clothes. The Jews will never wear Nazi’s uniform, so it is absolutely unconscionable to take Manchu’s cheongsam to represent our identity.
Well, what should a Chinese female teacher wear during occasion that needs traditional attire?
I suggest Aoqun 襖裙, which was a common type of female Hanfu (Han clothing) during the Ming Dynasty, because it is truly gorgeous and elegant, and most importantly it doesn’t menjolok mata :p
All of my female coursemates and colleagues should consider this Aoqun ya~
I need to clarify that I am not anti-Manchu (their regime had long been vanished), I just want to recover my own true culture and this is my basic human right.
Traditional cloth is not just an identity but moreover it is a carrier of our cultural values.