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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Long Hair -- Respect for Parents?

Have you watched Chinese movies? I mean period movies during the long long era when China's government was a succession of dynasties?

Hair for both men and women were long. The old Chinese have this belief that you do not have the right to cut your hair since it's a part of your body and it's something your parents gave you. To cut it off would mean that you were disrespecting your parents. (Well, at least that's what my Chinese teachers used to say -- and I believe them.) Nowadays, I wouldn't go to that extent since extra long hair is so difficult to maintain and would look dull without proper maintenance and vitamins for hair. I am now sporting a bob which is perfect for my current lifestyle.

Anyway, this extreme respect for the body is in contrast what what a lot of people do to their bodies. But then it's different strokes for different folks, but things like piercings, tattooing etc. would probably not be tolerated by our elders at all.

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