On Beards

As long as I’m complaining about cultural differences that annoy me (see last post), and since beards are our favorite topic around here, what’s the deal with people in Southeast Asia not shaving their mole-hairs?

I don’t have a picture to illustrate the phenomenon, cause I dont really like taking pictures of weird-lookin people, and plus it’s just gross. I wouldnt subject you to such unpleasantness, Dear Reader.

But you see it a lot here: men (and women!) with no hair on their face except for three or four long straggly hairs growing out of a mole or birthmark. Like five or six inches long. Ewww! I mean I understand that, stereotypically, asian people tend to not grow that much facial hair, so maybe you go with whatever you’ve got. Or maybe there’s some taboo about shaving it. Or maybe they think its sexy or something. In any case, I dont get it.
Perhaps one of my many intelligent friends with more cultural knowledge and sensitivity can enlighten me about this one, cause I’m at a loss.

I mean, I know a thing or two about birthmarks—I’ve got the facial scar to demonstrate that. And shaving them is difficult. I understand. I sympathize. But come on guys! Take some tweezers to that thing! You’re grossin me out here!

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  1. Kirsten
    Dec 12th, 2007at5:23 pm

    while I too think that mole hair is not cute AND hard to look at – apparently in some cultures it is suppossed to bring good luck – a weird charm of sorts.

  2. Dec 12th, 2007at6:46 pm

    yeah, i figured it must be something like that. and perhaps it does bring good luck! maybe i should try it out myself?

    incidentally, how did you find this blog? im always interested in how people find me. thanks for reading!

  3. Kirsten
    Dec 15th, 2007at7:15 pm

    I’m going to have to discourage you from pursuing the mole hair look. Maybe try something else.

    Anyway, I came across your blog through Rebecca Pronsky who lists you on her blog “brave turtle”. She is my oldest friend – we have known each other since we were five. We grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn together.


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