Sunday, September 13, 2009

No Dogs and Chinese Allowed

We've just made a limited number of our NO DOGS AND CHINESE ALLOWED shirts available.

The shirt is inspired by the supposed signs in foreign-run concession areas in China, particularly at the entrance to the Huangpu Park in Shanghai – and also depicted in a scene in the film FISTS OF FURY. Although research has shown that this sign never really existed as it is depicted in the film, the scene itself was a triumphant moment for an underdog hero that worked wonderfully well as a pop-culture attack on prejudice, and as a boost in racial pride for Chinese audiences in 1972.

This, according to, is what the sign actually looked like:

The photo is from a Chinese book, the translated title is “The Bund - History and Vicissitudes”, edited by Lou Rongmin, Shanghai Pictorial Publishing House, circa 1990.

More reading about the legendary sign:

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