I’m A Foreigner Living In China And Their Fashion Never Ceases To Amuse Me

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Having lived in China for quite a while, I’ve seen a lot of unusual things. In fact, many Chinese and foreigners get so used to weird occurrences and weird Chinese fashion that people just generally ignore them.

On my Instagram page, I try to provide cultural context for why things in China happen the way they do, by explaining some of the history, the culture, or the language, and how these things influence behaviors or even a fashion sense.

The page is not all about street fashion though. It’s anything that you can ask the question of ‘Why?’ or ‘How did that happen?’ to, with the general classic answer being ‘No why’ #nowhy (Chinese response) OR ‘because China’ #becausechina (foreigner in China response).

The general explanation for some of the fashion trends and choices below is that:

  • Any English = educated, different and fashionable. (it could possibly be a famous brand, but if no one’s English is that great… then just by having it… no matter what it is, it’s already good)
  • Anything ‘profound’ is considered good. If you as an observer don’t find it profound…that’s your fault. The wearer is making a statement, and that’s what’s important.
  • The wearer doesn’t have to understand, because others most likely don’t understand…so who cares. Even vulgar, rude statements can be worn by kids… because no one knows any different.
  • If the actual piece of clothing is functional and comfortable, who cares what’s written on it.
  • A haircut should set you apart from everyone else. Many people have very similar or standardized hairstyles (Chinese people are aware of that too) If a haircut creates conversation then that’s awesome.

Here are a few examples I’ve caught in my street photography shots…quite a few of them, actually.

More info: Instagram

#1 

Pink Freud

Pink Freud

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#2 

I Would Definitely Wear This

I Would Definitely Wear This

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#3 

Follow Dreams

Follow Dreams

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#4 

Masturbate your way to success!

Masturbate your way to success!

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#5 

Danger

Danger

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#6 

I Just Don’t

I Just Don't

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#7 

I’m Batman

I'm Batman

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#8 

Think Less

Think Less

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#9 

Adidog

Adidog

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#10 

Bear Attack And She Survived, Good For Her

Bear Attack And She Survived, Good For Her

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#11 

Got Life Figured Out

Got Life Figured Out

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#12 

If You Think

If You Think

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#13 

A Bit Of Nationalism Coming Out There…

A Bit Of Nationalism Coming Out There...

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#14 

Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone

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#15 

China Fashion

China Fashion

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#16 

Make A Woman

Make A Woman

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#17 

Hipster Triangle

Hipster Triangle

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#18 

Shark Soup

Shark Soup

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#19 

Asia

Asia

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#20 

How Old Are You? And Just How Drunk Are You?

How Old Are You? And Just How Drunk Are You?

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#21 

A Bit Morbid, But I Wonder If I Can Get It In Yellow… Would It Be Less So?

A Bit Morbid, But I Wonder If I Can Get It In Yellow... Would It Be Less So?

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#22 

Beep, Beep!

Beep, Beep!

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#23 

Need To Stop Feeding The Cat Vegetarian Food

Need To Stop Feeding The Cat Vegetarian Food

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#24 

Sexy Style

Sexy Style

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#25 

Feline Good

Feline Good

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#26 

I’m Not Leaving This Blanket

I'm Not Leaving This Blanket

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#27 

I Do Feel Happy Now

I Do Feel Happy Now

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#28 

I Needed That Today

I Needed That Today

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#29 

The Pig

The Pig

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#30 

Hand Wash

Hand Wash

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#31 

Pervert

Pervert

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#32 

Am I French Yet

Am I French Yet

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#33 

No Carrots

No Carrots

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#34 

You Learn Something Every Day

You Learn Something Every Day

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#35 

Let’s Not All Live Like This

Let's Not All Live Like This

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#36 

That’s… Taking Things To Extreme

That's... Taking Things To Extreme

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#37 

Some Sweet China Style… So Fashion

Some Sweet China Style... So Fashion

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#38 

And He Knows It

And He Knows It

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#39 

Good Point

Good Point

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#40 

I’ll Be A Plastic Toy

I'll Be A Plastic Toy

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#41 

Too Much Profoundness

Too Much Profoundness

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#42 

Wait, What?

Wait, What?

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#43 

Addicted To Black

Addicted To Black

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#44 

Good Advice, Rarely Taken

Good Advice, Rarely Taken

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#45 

I Ate A Rat

I Ate A Rat

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#46 

If I Ask Where You’re Going, Will You Be Confused?

If I Ask Where You're Going, Will You Be Confused?

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#47 

Because… They’re Easy?

Because... They're Easy?

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#48 

Does It?

Does It?

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#49 

Beat

Beat

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#50 

Oh Good, Noing… That’s What I Needed In My Life

Oh Good, Noing... That's What I Needed In My Life
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