Embarrassed? Not in China.

Embarrassment isn’t universal. I realized this walking down a busy street in Shanghai where freshly laundered clothing dripped from trees overhead. It’s not often, if ever, that I had seen underwear or bras hanging from trees in the U.S. or in foreign lands I had experienced. But in Shanghai and in many other Chinese cities I visited, they seemed to be the norm. At first I imagined how embarrassed I would be if I had to hang my intimate undergarments outside my house for strangers or, worst yet, my neighbors to see. But then I realized that the Chinese weren’t embarrassed at all. In fact, for them, it seemed a natural part of their daily routine: a necessity without any hint of embarrassment. After all we all have dirty laundry, why should that embarrass us? It’s just a fact of life.

That’s one of the many things I enjoy about traveling and visiting new lands: to question my own preconceived notion of what is and what shouldn’t be and to be able to see things from a different perspective.

Embarrassment? Not in China.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition or just odd?

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Juxtaposition

I saw these fans all over China. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how Haier’s marketing or logo department came up with two red boy, in briefs, arm in arm to present their company logo on these fans. What does it mean? Do all Haier products have these two boys as the company logo?

Weekly Photo Challenge- Juxtaposition