(A note to my readers: I realize I haven’t blogged in a long time. It is not because of lack of material, I have plenty, but a sudden time-intensive project, limited access to my computer, a broken computer, festivals and travels. Over the next 2 weeks, I will try to get you all caught up on my time here. Here is a post I have been working on for a while. Enjoy!)
Reasons Why Thais Look So Young
-All the girls in high school have the short, “boy” hair cuts-its mandated. In the US, these went out of style in 5th grade (I never thought they looked good at all, so I never had one). The only exception to the girls mandated, not-exactly-appealing short, boy hair are the school dancers; they are allowed to have long flowing hair to tie up in a ribbon.
-The boys don’t have scruffy facial hair, it is not in their genes.
-Working women have long hair, complete with all kinds of sparkly, flowery clips and bows that went out of style in 6th grade.
-Thais are just genetically smaller. I am a giant here. I have never felt taller. At my family Thanksgiving dinner, I am the second shortest out of 19 (Yes, Grandma is taller than I). Not in Thailand.
-The braces. I got my braces on at the end of 6th grade and off in the middle of 9th grade. Here the trend is to get the braces on after you have graduated and started your career.
-Some older people (not all) wear way too much makeup, similar to the 6th grader who is experimenting with makeup and way over doing it . I thought the point of makeup was to accentuate your features and not be noticeable.
-They tend not to get wrinkles early in life. This is probably the fact that Thais are scared of the sun (My Thai friends are always wearing hats, or arm protectors which look like leg warmers)=not as tan=less probability of getting wrinkles.
-I almost forgot, everyone dyes their hair either black or one type of brown. Gray hair does not hold same sophistication in Thailand as it does in the US…they just think it is not beautiful.
Therefore, most Thais think Westerners are older than they actually are. However when I was at sports day, one teacher saw me and thought I was a 16 year old. I know I don’t look old, but that is just not nice …I felt pretty bad about this until I was with my cousin up in Chiang Mai, and a Thai person thought he was 20. Ha! Actually he is 28..I don’t know where the Thai people get their basis to judge age. But to American me, they all certainly look young!