China market(s) of the day
From A Singapore Economist:
Chinese officials have decided to crack down on the practice at some
rural villages of hiring strippers to perform at funerals. The practice
is intended to attract more attendees to funerals because many people
believe that a greater number of people improve the deceased’s chances
for better afterlife. They also think that more people bring luck to
the survivors as well.
Ah, but a new market has sprung up in its place:
Local officials [have been] told they must submit plans for funerals
within 12 hours after a villager dies. Exotic dancing is off the menu –
and residents can report “funeral misdeeds” on a special hotline for a
reward of USD $35.