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Da Bai – the dancing and beating ‘big white’ guard

Da Bai in a subway station in Shanghai

They dance and fight, smash down front doors, test house cats for Covid-19, and sometimes get kicked around by old ladies – the so-called Da Bai (大白), China’s Covid helpers in white disposable protective suits have become a symbol of the lockdown craze in the People’s Republic. The nickname, which translates as “big white,” derives from the friendly, inflatable robot Baymax from Disney’s eponymous animated film.

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