Riotous hat

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Marlon Hom took these photographs on Tuesday in San Francisco:

The wording above the panda head on front is:

bàodòng shèhuì 暴動社會 ("riotous society")

Marlon is making a trip soon to visit family in Guangdong (just across the border from Hong Kong).  There's a debate going on at home with his wife over whether he should dare to wear the hat inside the People's Paradise.

BTW, the tab on the inside of the hat says "Made in China".

[HAT tip Perry Link]


  1. JJM said,

    October 25, 2019 @ 11:07 am

    It would be interesting to know whether the embroidery on the cap was done in China i.e., it might be a stock cap manufactured in the PRC but embroidered in the US.

    Still, no small irony!

  2. warren said,

    October 25, 2019 @ 12:31 pm

    If nothing else, it could be provocative. Unless you like pushing buttons, leave it in the States.

  3. Thomas Rees said,

    October 25, 2019 @ 3:11 pm

    Traditional characters (老字), for what it’s worth. I wonder about the iconography of the image. Panda for China, red rose for socialism?

  4. Mick O said,

    October 28, 2019 @ 3:02 pm

    What about the red Solo cup version ? Less provocative?

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