Saturday, February 26, 2011

Korean So Ihyŏn in Vietnamese Áo Dài

Early XXth Asian women's clothing, like early XXth Western women's clothing, manages to be modest and alluring at the same time, and the reaction against today's immodesty need go only that far back. One of the silliest scenes I ever saw was at a Tridentine Mass in the U.S. with some dude having his young Asian wife, about the same age as Miss So above, dressed up as a prairie muffin.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Filipina traditional clothing is much the same...

1:32 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


LOL at the story of the poor Asian prairie muffin.

On the other side of the world, however, there are first-generation Filipino Evangelicals going out of their way to have cereal and waffles for breakfast, because that is what the American Evangelical missionaries who converted them eat.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...


That's sad news -- Filipinop breakfast is one of my favorite Asian meals. I was never a fish for breakfast person until my mother in law made me bangus fish and fried rice with eggs once. After that, I was a convert!

Filipino food gets short shrift, which is a real shame. I think it is the most interesting of all the Asian cuisines. The mix of influences (Chinese, Malay, Spanish, American) makes it so variable. And the ingenious ways of preparing pig!

And Filipino culture -- at least from what I have experienced of it -- hasn't lost the "fast-feast" dynamic.

As far as the prairie muffin goes, I have also seen Filipinos dressed in full Bavarian attire -- shorts and hats for the men, derndel for the women. It was...interesting...

8:20 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Yikes! I wouldn't have wanted to see that. =S Were they at least second-generation immigrants who were becoming culturally Bavarian?

4:02 AM  

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