Loud Chinese “dancing grannies” silenced by device that turns off speakers | China
Through the parks and public squares of China, early in the morning or late in the afternoon, grannies gather.
The gangs, made up mostly of middle-aged and older women who lived through the Cultural Revolution, go to a corner of a local park or sports field and dance in unison to Chinese music. Loud music.
Tradition has led to alarming dead ends, with booming music often being accused of disturbing the peace in often high-density residential areas. But many are too scared to face women.
The dilemma of dancing grannies has prompted some to seek technological solutions. One of them went viral online this week: a remote stun gun-type device that claims to be able to mute a loudspeaker 50 meters away.
Reviews of the article were positive. “The ground floor is finally quiet. For two days, the grannies thought their speaker was not working! One of them said on Taobao, the Chinese version of eBay.
“Great invention, with this tool, I will be the boss of the neighborhood from now on,” said another. “It’s not just an ordinary product, it’s social justice!”
China is home to around 100 million dancing grannies. Square dancing allows older women, many of whom live alone or with younger family members whom they have accompanied on a move to cities, to socialize. They form strong bonds, often shopping or doing other activities, including group investing, the South China Morning Post reported.
State media described square dancing, which has its roots in the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, as a “positive and effective way to reduce medical and financial burden as well as improve the quality of life for the elderly.” .
“Many participants are retired, their children are no longer there. Square dancing becomes a place for them to have a social life.
But neighbors complain it has gotten out of hand, with competing bands blasting their music in small areas and intimidating those who try to intervene. Videos and viral reports showed the groups arguing and fighting with basketball players to take over their field or, in one case, break into a soccer field and stop the match to dance in space, prompting a police response and arrests.
In 2019, Tianjin City added new regulations on promoting civilized behavior, allowing police to fine dancing grannies up to 500 yuan (£ 56) if their music is too loud in public. .
Some conflicts have escalated into violence. In Shijiazhuang, neighbors fight grannies by spilling smelly tofu, paint and motor oil as they dance. A media report described a resident of a skyscraper throwing human faeces at them out of a window.
“Most of them are products of the Red Guard era, they do not respect society or the environment,” said a young Chinese resident of Guiyang, who declined to be named.
“Square dancing is a problem inherited from history. Many older people feel that all of China is built by their generation. They have absolute voice and status. We young people have done nothing, and of course are not qualified to question them.
The stun gun and other devices for sale online are part of an emerging market for goods to combat noise pollution while avoiding interactions. “I tried to communicate with them once, but the police arrested me,” said the man from Guiyang. “They thought I was going to do something wrong. You know the golden rule of Chinese politics: the greatest number counts. Everything is based on social support.
It is not all hostile. Last year, a group from Lanzhou City, Gansu, came up with a solution that makes everyone happy by using bluetooth headphones, holding their own version of a silent nightclub.