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‘Big white’

大白 – dàbái – “big white”

China’s street scene these days no longer features beauties and beaus with light complexions, instead, it’s light-skinned people with a Covid complexion: the so-called “dabai”. This is how the Chinese vernacular has christened medical staff, helpers and law enforcement officers in white protective gear who manage the country’s sometimes turbulent state of Covid emergency.

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