Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oh, China.

The other day I went shopping for some clothes for our sweet baby.  I wanted clothes that fit my cultural definition of boy clothes- no pink, no frills, no girly cartoon characters.  I once had to explain to a Chinese mother in America why her 7 year old son was getting teased for wearing a really cute pink sweater.  The blank look on her face was priceless.  Now that I live here, I understand why.  Pink is a child's color, with no specific gender.
A friend of ours gave us this vest.

While groovy and cool, it's a little too....sparkly for me.

She also gave us these cute overalls.

Notice the hole in the crotch?  No diaper for most babies here.  You can get "regular" pants and onesies here but you have to really look.

I went off to our local really big place filled with small shops shopping center.  I have a pretty good idea where the good stalls are so I knew where I wanted to go.  I turned down the pink striped pants and got these cute blue striped pants, slightly padded which in our climate is great.

Underneath these clothes, he has one another onesie and a pair of sweat pants.  However, he is barefoot because he loves to take off his socks!

Anyway, I thought these were fairly masculine until I got them home and discovered this- sparkle kitty!  Oh well!  He'll never know he was sparkly!

Two more things that are cracking me up.
I ride my bike by this sign all the time and finally took a picture.

Well, as long as the invitation is affectionate, I'll be there!

Sorry for the blurry shot.  All I have to say is yuck!


prechrswife said...

I can remember walking in China with my pink clad baby girl, and being asked, "Boy or girl?" My American self inwardly thought, "Well, duh...she's dressed all in pink." Then I remembered that they don't really follow that rule in China. :-) (Of course, we would get the opposite when we were back in the States, and she was dressed in something other than pink. Everyone just assumed she was a boy.)

AussieMaz said...

Apparently pink used to be the boy colour. Pink was considered a strong colour because it's close to red, while blue was considered a weaker, softer colour.

Mamatini said...

I found my way here from a comment you made on Tonggu Momma's blog, and spent an enjoyable hour reading through your blog. As an ESL teacher, adult TCK, and adoptive parent (China), I got a kick out of your descriptions of life in China.

Walking to China said...

Oh, wait until I start teaching again next fall! That's when the stories will really start!
Thanks for stopping by!

Christine said...

I just spent the last two years in Korea and I never got used to all the boys and grown men wearing pink, lavender, and sparkly things.