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    Default Mainlander Chinese - Opinion of westerners with beards?

    Not really a travel question, but whatever. Was having a chat recently and it came up how in Japan, a white guy with a beard will often be shown some additional respect, because it makes him look older I guess? What's the deal in mainland china? I know most Chinese people can't or don't really grow beards, but what's the opinion of people who do? Am I right in assuming that they'd be viewed slightly differently than some clean-shaven white guy?

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    As a Chinese guy living in white North America, I'm reminded everyday in November of my inability to grow a beard. Sometimes like today, I close my office door, and can get away without the feeling of facial inferiority till about lunch time. Then I go into this thread which completely fucks my plan. My office door is now open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    I know most Chinese people can't or don't really grow beards, but what's the opinion of people who do?
    Most Chinese in the North can grow wicked beards. It's the southerners genes that can't.

    Now on one hand, I believe the Asian culture is moving toward this as ideal male:


    2nd, with advancing facial recognition and general association with beard = Muslim rebels, I don't see how it will get too popular in China
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...ave-his-beard/

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    Quote Originally Posted by rage2 View Post
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    As a Chinese guy living in white North America, I'm reminded everyday in November of my inability to grow a beard. Sometimes like today, I close my office door, and can get away without the feeling of facial inferiority till about lunch time. Then I go into this thread which completely fucks my plan. My office door is now open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    Not really a travel question, but whatever. Was having a chat recently and it came up how in Japan, a white guy with a beard will often be shown some additional respect, because it makes him look older I guess? What's the deal in mainland china? I know most Chinese people can't or don't really grow beards, but what's the opinion of people who do? Am I right in assuming that they'd be viewed slightly differently than some clean-shaven white guy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rage2 View Post
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    As a Chinese guy living in white North America, I'm reminded everyday in November of my inability to grow a beard. Sometimes like today, I close my office door, and can get away without the feeling of facial inferiority till about lunch time. Then I go into this thread which completely fucks my plan. My office door is now open.

    Thanks @ExtraSlow
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    I spent a bit of time on the mainland with a pretty healthy beard.
    Got a lot of attention - stares on the street and things like that. Some people stopped to try to talk with me or take a picture and of those that did, many tried to touch it without asking.
    So yeah, you might be treated differently, but I experience anything negative about it (other than people trying to put their hands on your face - but hey, maybe that's your kink).
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage2 View Post
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    As a Chinese guy living in white North America, I'm reminded everyday in November of my inability to grow a beard. Sometimes like today, I close my office door, and can get away without the feeling of facial inferiority till about lunch time. Then I go into this thread which completely fucks my plan. My office door is now open.

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    I would think in the mainland there's a growing anti Westerner sentiment so anything you can do to make yourself look "less white" would be beneficial. I know in certain parts and in certain times in history, facial hair was frowned upon, same with having a tan and/or darker skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rage2 View Post
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    As a Chinese guy living in white North America, I'm reminded everyday in November of my inability to grow a beard. Sometimes like today, I close my office door, and can get away without the feeling of facial inferiority till about lunch time. Then I go into this thread which completely fucks my plan. My office door is now open.

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    That's just your faulty genetics. I know many Asians that can grow a mean beard, including myself.

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    I heard you only get additional respect in Asian cultures when you have facial hair only if you rock a fu man chu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suntan View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by BavarianBeast View Post
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    I heard you only get additional respect in Asian cultures when you have facial hair only if you rock a fu man chu.
    I was worried that might be going to far. But if you recommend it, I'm game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tik-Tok View Post
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    This site continues to surprise me.
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    Never in a million years would I have thought suntan is Asian

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabad66 View Post
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    Never in a million years would I have thought suntan is Asian
    I believe he is from that hairy nation that’s technically in the continent of Asia, but usually not referred to as Asians

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    Quote Originally Posted by ercchry View Post
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    I believe he is from that hairy nation that’s technically in the continent of Asia, but usually not referred to as Asians
    what, russia?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ercchry View Post
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    I believe he is from that hairy nation that’s technically in the continent of Asia, but usually not referred to as Asians
    Oh, maybe like me then. Are you my cousin suntan?

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