‘Traitor!’: The dangers of wearing Nikes shoes in China

Is wearing Nike sneakers tantamount to treason in China? A man was violently attacked last week in the subway in Dalian, in the country’s northwest, for having the famous Swoosh on his shoes. This was not some random incident: anti-American acts are multiplying around China, against a backdrop of diplomatic tensions with the Philippine government, which is backed by the United States.