Naked Pictures in Tibet Cause Online Controvery

Naked pictures of a Chinese woman by a Tibetan lakeside have stirred widespread debates on Weibo, where many people think that the woman’s act of getting naked on camera is “disrespectful to Tibetan culture.”

According to China Tibetan News, pictures of a Chinese woman getting naked by the Yamdrok Lake in Tibet went viral on Chinese social media on April 11, causing widespread discussions amongst Chinese netizens.

The pictures were originally posted by a user named YouchumDolkar, who commented: “Awesome photographer and model, but this shows they haven’t got an ounce of civilization in them, nor morality.”

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YouchumDolkar posted a screenshot from WeChat, from the account of a photographer named Yu Feixiong, who also has a Weibo account where he regularly posts his work of pictures in taken in Tibet.

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1Both photographs by Yu Feixiong, who also took the controversial naked pictures.

Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet’s biggest sacred lakes, and it is not the first time that it has become the focus of public debate. In 2012, netizens protested when it was announced that there would be sightseeing tours around the area, Sina reports.

Although many people have commented on the pictures thinking they are disrespectful of Tibetan culture, there are also those who oppose this view: “Some people look at a woman’s body and immediately think about sex,” one netizen responds.

“Isn’t this perfectly normal in foreign countries?” one person responds: “I think the attackers are just uncivilized themselves.”

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There are also Weibo users who think that the woman should not have posted a screenshot of WeChat in the first place: “You don’t put the content of your friends groups online, that’s really low.”

– By Manya Koetse

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About the author: Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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