25 February 2014

Prettifying Taiwanese Faces

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. The island of Taiwan was mainly inhabited by Taiwanese aborigines before Han Chinese began immigrating to the island in the 17th century CE. The cultures of Taiwan are a hybrid blend of various sources, incorporating elements of traditional Chinese culture, attributable to the historical and ancestry origin of the majority of its current residents, Japanese culture, traditional Confucianist beliefs, Taoist and Buddhist influence, and increasingly Western values.

Bold and colourful painted face masks from the Peking opera are one of the most visually arresting features during Taiwanese temple festivals, Taoist street parades and cultural shows. These masks date back to the ancient tradition of face-painting among warriors and, as with war paint, the colours and patterns bear symbolic meanings. The spirit and personality of each character is effectively colour coded.

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The exaggerated paints on a Peking opera performer's face, which ancient warriors used to scare the enemy, are a common occurrence during Taiwanese temple festivals, Taoist street parades and cultural shows. Each colour has a different meaning. They are used to describe a character's emotional state and general character (colour psychology):
  • White represents sinister, evil, crafty, treacherous, and suspicious behaviour. Any performer with white painted face usually takes the part of a villain of the show; the larger the white painted area, the crueller the role.
  • Green denotes impulsive behaviour, violence, and lack of self-control.
  • Red indicates bravery or loyalty.
  • Black means boldness, fierceness, and impartiality.
  • Yellow symbolizes ambition, fierceness, and intelligence.
  • Blue implies steadfastness, for someone who is loyal and sticks to one side no matter what.
  • Pink typifies sophistication and cool-headedness.
  • Additionally, gold and silver faces stands for mystery and aloofness.


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The various types of facial makeup from the Peking opera can be seen during many Taiwanese temple festivals and Taoist street parades in Taipei, Tainan and Kaohsiung. All the historical characters of the traditional Peking opera are provided with different types of facial makeup and reflect the identity, status, and personality of the characters.

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More closeup street portraits of painted faces from Taiwan in Matt Hahnewald's
 More closeup street portraits of masked beauties from Taiwan in Matt Hahnewald's

12 February 2014

Facing Face Masks in Taiwan

A surgical face mask aka a procedure mask is intended to catch the bacteria shed in liquid droplets and aerosols from the wearer's mouth and nose. Surgical masks are also popularly worn by the general public in East Asian countries to reduce the chance of spreading airborne diseases, particularly during winter time.

In Taiwan, it is common to wear a face mask whilst ill or even during a slight cold to avoid infecting others in public settings, as a show of courtesy and consideration for others and social responsibility to prevent spreading their own infections. Contrary to widespread belief, these masks aren’t worn to protect the wearer - they are worn to protect others.

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A recent trend in some East Asian cultures is the use of face masks for fashion or for utility. Since face masks have become ubiquitous, women have begun wearing them to avoid having to put on make-up before hitting the streets. If they just need to run a couple errands or down to the 7-Eleven or Family Mart convenience store, it’s easier to slip on a face mask and blend in than it is to spend an hour or more applying make-up.

In Taiwan, as well as in many East Asian countries, it has become very common to see girls and women wearing all kind of face masks on public transportation, at work, in stores, and walking around the city. These face masks come nowadays in different colours, shapes, and have unique designs (e.g. stripes, cartoons, cute pandas, and even the ever ubiquitous Hello Kitty). You know Taiwanese girls love their kawaiiness!

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Even though the face-mask craze originated in Japan and Taiwan, nowadays masks are widely used also in South Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand.

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Portrait photographs of all kind of people with partially covered faces in Matt Hahnewald's

08 February 2014

Flashing the V Sign All Over Asia

The popular V sign is a hand gesture in which the index and middle fingers are raised and parted, while the other fingers are clenched. It has various meanings, depending on the cultural context and how it is presented (e.g. victory, peace; insult).

In Red China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, the V sign is a popular pose in photographs. It is used in both casual and formal settings. For the most part in these countries, the gesture is divorced from its previous meanings as a peace sign or as an insult; for most the meaning of the sign is "victory" or "yeah", implying a feeling of happiness. It is used in both directions (palm facing the signer and palm facing forward).

people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Guiyang, Guìzhōu Province
people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Guiyang, Guìzhōu Province
people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Guiyang, Guìzhōu Province
people, street portrait, East Asia, V sign, Taiwanese beauty, dust mask, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Pingyao, Shanxi Province
people, street portrait, East Asia, V sign, Taiwanese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Taipei, Taiwan
people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, floral hair wreath, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Xingping, Guangxi Province
people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Guangshou, Guangdong Province
people, street portrait, East Asia, V sign, Taiwanese beauty, Taiwanese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
people, street portrait, East Asia, double V sign, Taiwanese beauty, Taiwanese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Fo Guang Shan, Taiwan
people, street portrait, East Asia, V sign, Japanese beauty, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Kyoto, Japan
people, street portrait, East Asia, V sign, Japanese beauty, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Kyoto, Japan
people, street portrait, East Asia, double V sign, Japanese beauty, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Kyoto, Japan
people, street portrait, Southeast Asia, V sign, Thai man, Songkran, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Bangkok, Thailand


























Street portrait photographs of people flashing the V sign in Matt Hahnewald's