Thursday, August 2, 2012


A new trend has EXPLODED in China’s upper class where people are transforming their pets into miniature versions of animals or just dyeing them crazy colors. Pandas seem to be a big hit and obviously are the favorites. Apparently it’s become a huge industry and people are spending THOUSANDS on professional hair dyes, salon cuts, accessories, you name it! Panda Puppies! Perhaps all this is an exemplar of how culture manifests itself when it is unconstrained by cultural institutions defining and determining what is 'proper', what is 'legitimate', what is 'acceptable'.  Let's face it, the animal owners here do not depend upon, or have rejected' the 'proper way'.

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