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Shanghai Bans Wearing Pajamas in Public

City wants to curb trend before hosting World Expo
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2010 2:04 PM CST
Shanghai Bans Wearing Pajamas in Public
Shanghai officials want their residents to keep their pajamas to themselves.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Shanghai wants to look its best when it hosts the 2010 World Expo in a few months, so it's spreading the word to residents: Pajamas are for inside the house. Concerned about the popular habit of wearing boldly colored PJs on city streets, officials have launched a public campaign to discourage the practice. Boing Boing notes that the trend has been immortalized on Flickr and in National Geographic.

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The fashion statement began "as a matter of practicality because people lived in cramped conditions with no clear line between public space and private place," a Chinese sociologist tells the South China Morning Post. (Read more Shanghai stories.)

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