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Umbrellas on a Sunny Day

by Jason on September 26, 2010

Yes, you got that correctly.  Umbrellas on a sunny day.  Don’t ask me why.  Especially if you’re from Vancouver.  My hypothesis is that Taiwanesse and Canadians should trade land because Taiwnaese don’t like the sun and Canadians do.  Taiwanese don’t like the beach and Canadians do..

How many umbrellas do you count in this picture?  I count 5.  In taiwan, everyone is trying to be white.  They don’t want the sun.  The exact opposite of us.  And they have a tropical island.  What a shame.  We always want what we don’t have right in front of us.

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Josh September 27, 2010 at 4:26 am

It’s been a few days since I checked your blog. Looks like you’re having fun. Congrats on the condo. Can’t wait to see pictures. I’m also glad that your chopstick skills are improving. I’d hate to see you starve. 🙂 The Chinese are the same way with their umbrellas and their whitening creams. We want to be tanner and they want to be whiter. What a crazy world we live in.

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Julia West September 27, 2010 at 11:14 am

So historically, the umbrellas make a lot of sense. If we look prior to 1900, even the 1970s/late 1960s people used umbrellas and clothing to block the sun and prevent skin cancer. Sunblock was not available until the late 1960s and many people still do not buy it for health concerns (it contains a lot of chemicals) and because it does not necessarily prevent aging the that the sun causes to our skin. Large hats, like you see in many Asian countries, as well as umbrellas, effectively block the sun and prevent aging and sun damage. Awesome observation and what a fun little cultural quirk. 🙂

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