中国味儿: Parasols

Upon browsing the ever-popular blog, Stuff White People Like, I decided I should start a blog called Stuff Chinese People Like. I even got all excited when I reserved a WordPress URL for it under the name China Flavor or 中国味儿. But alas, someone has sort of beaten me to it in creating the website,”Stuff Asian People Like, even with posts I had planned on Higher Education, Badminton, Squatting, and Cash. But, nevertheless Beijing has afforded me close study of Beijingers and so I will report occasionally tongue-in-cheek (read: offensive but okay because I’m Chinese too?) posts under the moniker 中国味儿, as the one you see below:

As “Sunday in the Park with George” dutifully reveals, the parasol is actually a Western invention. But Chinese have faithfully adopted this product of the foreign-devils. Why? The Chinese have also adopted an absolute aversion to sunlight in the UVA and UVB form. But instead of the sunscreen solution or maybe just wearing a rice-paddy hat, it’s much easier to tote a stylish parasol to block all those harsh rays from giving you melanoma. But really, the Chinese could care less about the cancer-causing aspect of exposure to the sun-devil. It’s really about keeping your skin as white as possible so that you can buy lots of Lancome whitening creams at Carrefour.

Did I mention the fashion statement one can make with a stylish parasol? If you’re not into the multi-use rain-or-shine parasol/umbrella combo, you can always opt for a frilly baby blue or mellow yellow parasol that shows your soft side. Then again, you just can’t go wrong with a Mickey Mouse parasol or really any other Disney character either. Put that on a matching t-shirt and you’ll make more Chinese friends than you can imagine.

Oh yea, and this is a no-boys allowed thing, so keep out

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