China’s national colors or a nod to the popular dish stir-fried tomato and egg? In the lead up to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, China recently debuted their Olympic team’s uniform and nobody is quite sure.
A long-standing source of complaints from citizens and the media, the red and yellow color combination often featured in China’s international appearances is not exactly a visually-appealing match. In a tweet by People’s Daily, the state media organization said, “Uniform for the Chinese delegation to Rio Olympics unveiled: it’s ‘fried eggs with tomato’ again,” alluding to equally unsuccessful uniform designs in previous years.
China’s Olympic delegation will loudly display their country’s colors in red coats and white pants for the male athletes and yellow coats and white skirts for the women. The designer Ye Chaoying, a member of the Hengyungxiang Group that has designed China’s national uniforms since the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, embraces the critiques of his work, calling himself “the father of stir-fried tomatoes and eggs, CNN reports.
Compared to the other Olympic team uniforms, China’s uniform certainly seems to lack finesse and a cultural dimension. Weibo user @woshiyamiedie asked “Don’t we have our own style? As for the colors, even though it’s the national flag colors, there must be a smarter way to use them.” The uniforms are certainly a very different type of nationalism from the “unyielding” display of Chinese history put on by members of the national track and field team in 2013.
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As for Ye, he told People’s Daily he hopes that “our athletes will feel like they are wearing our national flag when they step into the stadium at the opening ceremony.” Perhaps China’s auspicious color scheme will bring the team good luck and dispel the bad omens brought by the Chinese athletes’ last visit to Rio.
By Mary Rosea
[Images via China News / Tencent Sports]