How Do Young People Think About Hanfu

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How Do Young People Think About Hanfu

A granny (辰辰奶奶) caught everyone’s attention some time ago at the Double Ninth Festival. In the video, the 76-year-old granny was dressed in Hanfu and was so elegant that young netizens were instantly charmed. A few days ago, the Xitang Hanfu Culture Week was held as scheduled. Among the thousands of young people dressed in Hanfu, the granny once again caught people’s attention.

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According to granny’s grandson, it was on his recommendation that the grandmother began to try and enjoy the Hanfu. As traditional clothing, it is not recommended by the elders to the younger generation, but rather by the younger generation to try it first and then encourage the older generation to experience it together. It’s an intriguing thing. Why is the acceptance of Hanfu so high among the younger generation when the older generation had little knowledge of it?

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Hanfu has been worn for thousands of years, but why are young people more aware of it instead? Many young people mentioned that when they first wore Hanfu in front of their parents or grandparents, their elders did not even know that is Hanfu.

In 1645, the Qing dynasty ordered the introduction of the “Change Manchu hairstyle, change the Manchu clothing” system throughout the country in order to secure its dominant position. From then on, Hanfu was completely removed from the daily life of the Han people. Although this system has long since receded from history, its influence has continued into the modern era. Clothing with a Qing Dynasty style, such as cheongsam and Tang suit, has long been popular. However, there have always been those who believe that Hanfu is more representative of Chinese culture.

How Do Young People Think About Hanfu

On 22 November 2003, an electrician called Wang Letian, wearing Hanfu walking on the streets of Zhengzhou, trying to tell people that the Tang suit was not a Han costume and that the Han people had their own traditional dress. But it didn’t work too well. Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao newspaper was the first to report the story, then it was followed widely by the Chinese media.

How Do Young People Think About Hanfu

Later, more and more like-minded people took to the streets to wear Hanfu, and the day Wang Letian walked the streets in Hanfu was designated as such: Hanfu Parade Day. Nowadays, on 22 November every year, more and more young people walk the streets in Hanfu and take part in various Hanfu events. In addition, even on normal days, there are many people in big cities who wear Hanfu on the streets.

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Over the past two years, as Chinese Hanfu has become more and more frequent on social media platforms, more people have started to take notice and try to wear Hanfu.

Miss Yu says she was influenced by Chinese costume dramas as a child and thought the characters’ costumes looked good. Later, when she was at university, she followed many bloggers and met some friends who were passionate about traditional culture, so she started to experiment with Hanfu.

How Do Young People Think About Hanfu
Photography by Yeshu

Liaoliao’s first encounter with Hanfu was during her graduation trip in 2017. She traveled to Xiamen with her best friends and found a shop selling Hanfu. Having always been interested in traditional Chinese culture, they soon bought their first set of Hanfu on the recommendation of the shop assistant.

Coco likes to play games, she thought the ancient-style costumes were very nice, and gradually became fond of the ancient-style elements. At first, she only bought accessories such as hairpins, bracelets, and bags, then went on to buy dresses with Han elements until now more people wear Hanfu.

How Do Young People Think About Hanfu

It can be seen that their preference for Hanfu is mainly influenced by the visual impact of costume dramas, games, and other visuals. Hanfu has become a trend rather than a hobby with a strong sense of history. It’s just like any other pop culture: it doesn’t matter so much what’s behind the pop culture, it’s “I think it looks good”.

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The year 2020 is a time that sounds particularly futuristic and sci-fi, but at any moment, you are likely to encounter a girl dressed in a very classical style when you walk down the street or into a shopping mall. Three years ago, Liaoliao could get a lot of attention by walking down the streets of Guangzhou in a Hanfu. But with the passage of time, people are now not surprised.

How Do Young People Think About Hanfu

Miss Yu thinks that it also has a lot to do with the hairstyle, as people stare at her especially if she has her hair done. But she also said that this was in the past, and that most people can now see it as normal. Coco, on the other hand, thinks it depends on the occasion. She thinks it’s fine to wear it at home or to Comic-Con, but it’s sometimes embarrassing to go shopping, and people still stare at her occasionally. However, she still says that she will wear Hanfu more often in the future.

Overall, the public’s acceptance of Hanfu is growing and more and more people are willing to try it on.

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Times are changing, and Hanfu enthusiasts no longer have to bear the odd stare from passers-by as Wang Letian did back in the day. More people are realizing that Hanfu can and should be a normal part of street beauty. Today’s young Hanfu enthusiasts have a much simpler reason for wearing Hanfu. They simply enjoy the pleasure of wearing it and start spending money on it because of their personal preferences.

For Liaoliao, liking Chinese clothing can be because of cultural heritage or simply because you think it looks good. “It’s just a piece of clothing, so wear it if you think it looks good, and it’s even better if you are willing to spend more time to understand the culture in it.” Liaoliao says.

How Do Young People Think About Hanfu

Hanfu began with the Yellow Emperor, evolved over thousands of years, came to an abrupt end at the beginning of the Qing Dynasty, then began a revival in the modern era, and has finally taken on a new lease of life in recent years. When today’s young people are shopping for Hanfu and wearing them as a normal nice piece of clothing, in a way this is adding new energy and new meaning to the Hanfu.

Article reference: Neweeklylifestyle

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