I'm continuing to gape in a droolingly embarrassing fashion at the incredible images coming out of China's anniversary party. The military parade is intriguing, as much for the costumery as anything. Here are the 1201st Women's Militia Battalion and Health Care Cooperative strutting their stuff down Tianenmen Square.I'm not sure what makes this so delightfully awful. Is it the pink little flirty, skirty "uniform"? The fact that the "girls" have a little teeny, weenie machine pistol instead of a big ol' AK-knockoff like the "boys"? Is it the Carnaby Street oh-so-very-Swinging-London white vinyl go-go boots?
Hard to say, but the commander of the parade troops is on record as saying that the parade was designed to drive home the transformation of the People's Liberation Army from a lumpish gang of armed peasants to a "high-tech, 21st-century" armed force. And I don't know about you, but NOTHING says "high-tech, 21st-century" to me like a pair of white vinyl go-go boots.