Having lived in China for quite a while, I’ve seen a lot of unusual things. In fact, many Chinese and foreigners get so used to weird occurrences and weird fashion that people just generally ignore it.

On my Instagram page, I try to provide cultural context for why things in China happen the way they do, by explaining some of the history, the culture or the language, and how these things influence behaviors or even fashion.

The page is not all about fashion though. It's anything that you can ask the question of ‘Why?’ or ‘How did that happen?’ to, with the general classic answer being ‘No why’ #nowhy (Chinese response) OR ‘because China’ #becausechina (foreigner in China response).

The general explanation for some of the fashion choices below is that:

  • Any English = educated, different and fashionable. (it could possibly be a famous brand, but if no one’s English is that great… then just by having it… no matter what it is, it’s already good)
  • Anything ‘profound’ is considered good. If you as an observer don’t find it profound…that’s your fault. The wearer is making a statement, and that’s what’s important.
  • The wearer doesn’t have to understand, because others most likely don’t understand…so who cares. Even vulgar, rude statements can be worn by kids… because no one knows any different.
  • If the actual piece of clothing is functional and comfortable, who cares what’s written on it.
  • A haircut should set you apart from everyone else. Many people have very similar or standardized hairstyles (Chinese people are aware of that too) If a haircut creates conversation then that’s awesome.

Here are a few examples…quite a few of them, actually.

More info: Instagram

#1

Pink Freud

Pink Freud

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Enuya 7 months ago (edited)

I need this shirt. Where can I obtain one?

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#2

I Would Definitely Wear This

I Would Definitely Wear This

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varwenea 7 months ago

This is rather smart.

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#3

Follow Dreams

Follow Dreams

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Kaisu Rei 7 months ago

I need this shirt

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#4

Masturbate your way to success!

Masturbate your way to success!

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Luis Milian 7 months ago

build your success with your own hands. LOL

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#5

Danger

Danger

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Aaron Kara 7 months ago

That's just straight up funny

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#6

I Just Don't

I Just Don't

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Wynand 7 months ago

That's my Tuesday shirt.

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#7

I'm Batman

I'm Batman

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Enuya 7 months ago

God, now I can't unsee Batman wearing a pink nightdress...

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#8

Think Less

Think Less

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Luis Milian 7 months ago

I know a few people in US Congress that needs this ASAP

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#9

Adidog

Adidog

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Symbole Simple 7 months ago

That's funny!

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#10

Bear Attack And She Survived, Good For Her

Bear Attack And She Survived, Good For Her

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CatShatBrix 7 months ago

Sorry, what website am I on again?

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#11

Got Life Figured Out

Got Life Figured Out

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Luis Milian 7 months ago

This is like tattooing a Chinese symbol not knowing what it really says. you just wear it proudly

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#12

If You Think

If You Think

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Han 7 months ago

Testicles are just dick titties.

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#13

A Bit Of Nationalism Coming Out There...

A Bit Of Nationalism Coming Out There...

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Han 7 months ago

Brilliant. The KKK is sadly relevant. I'd rock this.

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#14

Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone

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Steve 7 months ago

I need this for when I'm at work. Or anytime, in fact.

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#15

China Fashion

China Fashion

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Lef 7 months ago

I want that. I'd wear a jacket over it and if anyone pisses me off I'll just unzip the jacket and tell them to read what's on my shirt.

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#16

Make A Woman

Make A Woman

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Kaisu Rei 7 months ago

It's a good statement

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#17

Hipster Triangle

Hipster Triangle

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Rob Chapman 7 months ago

So Hipster. Much flannel

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#18

Shark Soup

Shark Soup

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DC 7 months ago

This is definitely no mistake!

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#19

Asia

Asia

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Enuya 7 months ago

Wait! This is not Australia?! I was wrong all my life ...

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#20

How Old Are You? And Just How Drunk Are You?

How Old Are You? And Just How Drunk Are You?

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olivier FRESSE 7 months ago

Why do they make it in this size ?

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#21

A Bit Morbid, But I Wonder If I Can Get It In Yellow... Would It Be Less So?

A Bit Morbid, But I Wonder If I Can Get It In Yellow... Would It Be Less So?

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Enuya 7 months ago

Thanks. Now I feel reassured.

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#22

Beep, Beep!

Beep, Beep!

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Christine Blackburne-Kowal 7 months ago

Why is this not on page one?

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#23

Need To Stop Feeding The Cat Vegetarian Food

Need To Stop Feeding The Cat Vegetarian Food

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Luis Milian 7 months ago

I have four adopted cats. I NEED this shirt!!

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#24

Sexy Style

Sexy Style

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C Hypercube 7 months ago

Glitter fart.

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#25

Feline Good

Feline Good

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Kaisu Rei 7 months ago

I actually kind of like this

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#26

I'm Not Leaving This Blanket

I'm Not Leaving This Blanket

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Symbole Simple 7 months ago

This is not fashion, it's a life style I relate to!

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#27

I Do Feel Happy Now

I Do Feel Happy Now

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Wynand 7 months ago

Why thank you, red puffy jacket.

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#28

I Needed That Today

I Needed That Today

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Shimmie mami 7 months ago

I love this. Me funny. I believe.

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#29

The Pig

The Pig

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CatShatBrix 7 months ago

Something tells me that pig has done some... things.

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#30

Hand Wash

Hand Wash

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Symbole Simple 7 months ago

Someone got the laundry symbol font size wrong...

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#31

Pervert

Pervert

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Rob Chapman 7 months ago

I don't think that's something to be proud of

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#32

Am I French Yet

Am I French Yet

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Symbole Simple 7 months ago

Je ne sais pas. Qu'est-ce que tu en penses ?

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#33

No Carrots

No Carrots

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#34

You Learn Something Every Day

You Learn Something Every Day

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Wynand 7 months ago

One small step for doggos, one giant leap...

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#35

Let's Not All Live Like This

Let's Not All Live Like This

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Johnny Frostbite 7 months ago

Ugh I'd settle for at least one of the two

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#36

That's... Taking Things To Extreme

That's... Taking Things To Extreme

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Symbole Simple 7 months ago

Does she realise she's been robbed? Someone literally 'picked her pocket'!

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#37

Some Sweet China Style... So Fashion

Some Sweet China Style... So Fashion

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Luis Milian 7 months ago

no money, no honey!

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#38

And He Knows It

And He Knows It

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Luis Milian 7 months ago

yaassss

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#39

Good Point

Good Point

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Pumbaa 7 months ago

I think he got a point there! Fuck yesterday, focus on today and the future.

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#40

I'll Be A Plastic Toy

I'll Be A Plastic Toy

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Anne 7 months ago

Looks like Michael Jackson in the background

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#41

Too Much Profoundness

Too Much Profoundness

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Daria B 7 months ago (edited)

Yep. That's a different way of saying "Netflix and chill", no? ♥ (well, she's a public figure, would match more to my statement if it were the name of an actress/actor)

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#42

Wait, What?

Wait, What?

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Monday 7 months ago

Apples groundbreaking new product? The iDots?

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#43

Addicted To Black

Addicted To Black

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Rob Chapman 7 months ago

She'll never go back.....

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#44

Good Advice, Rarely Taken

Good Advice, Rarely Taken

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Kaisu Rei 7 months ago

Profound

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#45

I Ate A Rat

I Ate A Rat

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Bill 7 months ago

Street vendors in Thailand sell bbq rat.

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#46

If I Ask Where You're Going, Will You Be Confused?

If I Ask Where You're Going, Will You Be Confused?

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Han 7 months ago

I made a T-shirt in high school and wrote on it in puff paint "Don't follow me I'm lost too." It was 1988 and I thought it was so cool. Hahaha

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#47

Because... They're Easy?

Because... They're Easy?

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Ksenia M 7 months ago (edited)

"My name is Bob Kelso and I like whores"

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#48

Does It?

Does It?

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Antenor 7 months ago

In America

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#49

Beat

Beat

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Monday 7 months ago

Do we beat him until he gives up? Do we give up when the beating doesn't make him give up? I need this information!

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#50

Oh Good, Noing... That's What I Needed In My Life

Oh Good, Noing... That's What I Needed In My Life

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Chyppa Homer 7 months ago

I've been NOING all Monday... :D

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