Thursday, March 20, 2008
Why Asians Love Their Peace Sign!
On the subject of the origin of signals/signs of peace, I came across an interesting post from Stuff Asian People Like (the spin off of Stuff White People Like) which puts forth a number of theories as to why Asian people (not including Indian, Pakistani, we're talking further East...) love to hold up the "peace sign" whenever they pose for photos. I often wondered that, and was delighted to see the topic being addressed by Asians who also interviewed more Asians to examine varied responses. I'm tempted to go with the theory that it's as much as gesture of posing for a photo as smiling is.
In my family, my sister and I adopted the well-established "goofy teeth, wide eyes, and generally mentally-deficient looking pose" for almost all photos. We even went so far as to pose appropriately right up until the moment before the flash, and then go straight into goofy-mode.
My mother's eyesight is not what it once was, which often leads to moments of side-splitting hilarity. One such instance involved my mother blowing up a picture of me and my sister, framing it and putting it on her wall. My sister glanced at it, did a double take, and squinted at it before laughing out loud.
LilSis: Ma, did you notice something?
Poor Suffering Mother: No, what?
LilSis: Um. We're making goofy-ass faces in this picture.
Poor Suffering Mother: What? Aww. Can't you girls ever post nicely for a photo? Geez. I've had guests over and they've seen that thing... Aww. Bloody hell.