Last week, the New York Times ran a story on how younger people in China are starting to dress like Chinese Communist officials.
Describing the fashion trend as “so square it’s hip,” writer Joy Dong notes that it is becoming popular among some Gen Z youth to dress in oversized pants and “a dull blue jacket” of the typical Chinese official.
According to Dong’s article, this trend, known as “ting ju feng,” (or “office and bureau style”) is beginning to catch on enough that some clothing stores in China have begun marketing the “office and bureau style” clothing to younger consumers. And while she admits it isn’t the dominating fashion choice in China, Dong believes its popularity “reflects China’s conservative political turn,” describing it as the CCP version of “the preppy look.”
Dong also suggests that the fashion choice may be popular among those who aspire to hold a position in government.
Why would the New York Times publish an article like this?
It isn’t as if Americans are clamoring to know what’s in fashion in the People’s Republic of China.
Then again, the New York Times is one of several Western news outlets that for quite some time ran Chinese propaganda for cold, hard cash.
In August 2020, the Washington Free Beacon reported that after blowback spurred by the COVID pandemic and the treatment of Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang, the New York Times quietly deleted hundreds of so-called “advertorials” from the Chinese state-run outlet China Daily.
For a decade, China Daily had been purchasing “advertorial” space not only in the New York Times but also in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. In return, the newspapers were paid millions of dollars to peddle Chinese propaganda.
But now, even without the financial incentive, the New York Times continues to publish pro-China propaganda. The writer of this fashion trend article, Joy Dong, formerly worked for the Chinese state-run outlet, Phoenix TV.
According to the National Pulse, Joy Dong’s Twitter feed is loaded with pro-China propaganda.