Whenever there is sun, Chinese people like carrying umbrella than putting on sunglasses or suncream. It’s quite a myth to me. So let’s find out the reasons.
1. Chinese people are dying to keep themselves white because being white symbolizes being rich (meaning
you’re not working in a field where you can get tanned easily), so carrying an umbrella ensures more parts of their body can get protected from the sun. But sunglasses? Only work for the eyes, not enough. Suncream? Not secure enough because your body is still exposed under the sun.
2. They can show off their wealth by carrying an umbrella from a luxury brand with those classic iconic pattern and big brand logo printed on it, so that they can easily catch the attention in a crowd with their extravagant umbrella.
3. To Chinese people living in the south, there’re lots of rains during the summer, so carrying an umbrella not only help them block the sun but also create convenience for them when the rain comes.
4. They have a strong sense of family and sharing. If the umbrella is big enough, they can share the umbrella with their spouse or children to protect all of them from the sun. But you cannot share a pair of sunglasses with others. So an umbrella is more economical.
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