“Five Stripe Young Pioneer” T-Shirts Being Sold On Taobao

Five Stripe Young Pioneer T-shirt.

12-year-old Huang Yibo is a "five stripe" Young Pioneer of China.

Two weeks ago, we reported about Huang Yibo, a 12-year-old Chinese boy in Wuhan, in “Overachieving Chinese Boy Looks Like Party Boss, Ridiculed“. He became famous after media reports of his accomplishments and ambitions as a member of the China’s Young Pioneers organization. He then became infamous after Chinese netizens circulated the photographs he posted on his own blog featuring him wearing the well-known red scarf that is the uniform symbol of Young Pioneers, leading other children at school, and him posing like government of Communist Party leaders.

One thing netizens noted in his photos was the five-stripe badge on his sleeve that he seemed to wear everywhere. They noted this because in the Young Pioneers organization, the normal highest “rank” should only be three stripes. So why does he have five stripes?

Now, you too can be a 5-stripe Young Pioneer just like Huang Yibo!

Five Stripe Young Pioneer T-Shirt.

Many “five stripe” or “five bar” t-shirts have begun appearing on popular Chinese ecommerce website Taobao, featuring different colors and designs but all including the now infamous “five-stripe badge”, usually printed on the t-shirt as being “pinned” on the upper left-hand sleeve:

Taobao search results for "five stripe" and "t-shirts".

Some other designs:

A "five bar" Young Pioneer t-shirt making fun of Huang Yibo.A "five stripe" Young Pioneer t-shirt poking fun of Huang Yibo.

A "five stripe" badge in a sanitary napkin t-shirt.A "five stripe" Young Pioneer t-shirt parodying Huang Yibo.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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