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i tried so hard to ignore this message, because this pissed me off so much. i can choose not to care, to ignore or to delete. but since you took the effort to come to my tumblr inbox even after i disabled the anon option on my ask fm for the sake of staying anonymous (for whatever reason, you know it yourself), i will reply you in the most cordial way possible.
what do you mean by regardless if they’re "chinese"? what’s with the inverted quotes?
i don’t know if you’re chinese, but let me explain to you what kind of a big deal kowtowing is about in the chinese culture.
over here, you only kneel because of two reasons. one, you kneel to pray to the god. two, you kneel to your parents or grandparents because you have done something shameful to disgrace your family. in the past, only criminals, or people who have so called, sinned, are made to kneel infront of people.
there’s a chinese saying — 男人膝下有黃金. it literally translates to a man has gold under his knees. a man, should never ever kneel down to anyone easily, unless for the two reasons stated above. a man, should never kowtow to anyone, unless the person has saved your life, or your loved ones. a simple act of kneeling or kowtowing means so serious to them.
a chinese person nowadays, or guys especially, will probably never kneel down infront of anyone in their entire lives.
now that i have explained about what kneeling and kowtowing means to chinese people, i will move on to address your statement of “since they’re in korea now, they follow korean customs. regardless of if they’re “Chinese”.
so what? lol.
they’re still chinese no matterwhere the hell they go? just because they work in korea doesn’t mean that they should abandon their culture and customs behind them. it stays with them.
are you trying to say that the custom and culture of wearing a tudung should be abandoned if a muslim moves to korea? because hey, you’re in korea now. no one wears the tudung here. ?????!!!! or what if i, as a chinese, move into a country largely populated by muslims? does that mean i have to wear a hijab because it’s the custom and culture there? NO. we are who we are. and we should be allowed to choose to stick to our damn culture and customs.
it is okay if the chinese members have to bow 90 degrees to seniors, to speak using formalities, to try to blend into the korean culture to fit in. BUT, when it comes to doing something that goes against your customs, that makes you feel uncomfortable, i feel that it is not okay.
during weekly idol when the emcees made everyone do the big bow and kowtow, i don’t believe you can’t see how uncomfortable it was for the chinese members. all of them. 男人膝下有黄金。they haven’t done anything shameful… why are they made to kowtow? as an audience, i feel so angry and hurt for them. you have no idea how uncomfortable it was for all the chinese fans to “receive” that kowtow. it might just be a simple bow to koreans, but to them, and us it means so much more. none of them did it willingly, they were all hesitant like "are we really gonna do this?"
seriously, and during idol olympics today the same thing happened again. same old thing, luhan and tao didn’t manage to bring themselves to bow and kneel fully. why put them in such situations?
i don’t want to compare, but since you’ve said it like that, you’re basically saying that it’s okay for things like black face to happen in korea because it’s korea, and according to their custom and culture, black face means nothing. like uh, stfu????
i’m not saying that they should be given a special privilege or anything, but as an audience, i, along with many others, feel extremely uncomfortable watching something like this. i really hope that i won’t get to see them kowtow another time in their career.
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