Please continue to keep the hurricane and earthquake victims in your hearts in the upcoming days. To help support our organization, please join Project Peace Crane. People from the fuji islands all the way to America are folding 12,000 in conjunction with Asian Central to help support the relief efforts in China and the Burmese Islands (as well as all the other affected areas). You can also join the Project Peace Crane Facebook Group. Thanks.
And… We’re Back! Wow, it’s been about a week since the last post, but there is a very worthy cause. However, that can’t stop Stuff Asian People Like from continuing to crank out all the Asian goodness. Like today, for example, where the oddity that is the Asian tendency to point with their middle fingers is finally explained.
To start out: Why is there a problem with using one’s middle finger to point? In Britain, the equivalent of the middle finger is a peace sign turned backwards. In Asia, it’s the curling of the index finger at someone. Ultimately, it comes down to cultural preference. For that reason, Asians (not all asians, of course… *cough* Phillipines.) continue to cut in line, chew with their mouths open, and yes, point with their middle fingers. There are many reasons for the occurrence of this unsightly gesture:
Fear: Asians find it extremely rude to voice their concerns in public, or awe (in the case of yao ming) over certain situations. Like a cockatiel or peacock raises its feathers when scared, asians will point with their middle fingers and then huddle together in the corner of a room, sidewalk, or street to exchange their ooo’s and aah’s. This is also a defensive strategy asians have learned from natural observation.
Two other reasons for middle finger use are the reliability and convenience factors. When Asians are eating their sticky rice with chopsticks, they have no time to rearrange fingers and use their index finger to point. The middle finger is reliable in this situation, allowing Asians to quickly and efficiently warn someone. (or divert attention away from someone in order to get the last piece of food without anyone noticing.)
When accuracy is key, the middle finger proves quite superior over the index finger. The line of fire on a crossbow follows a
central imaginary line. The sniper scope is also centered. Everything that requires accuracy centers your focus. Why would asians waste their’s or another person’s time by using their index fingers, which will most likely skew another person’s line of view 10-30 degrees to the left. In Asia, the land of 5 billion people, this could be the difference between directing attention at a woman getting mugged or a rural rice patty farmer 300 feet away. (yes, try figuring that one out.)
When asians migrate to different countries, they need their middle fingers. It’s their freedom. It’s their birth rite. It’s… well… you get the point. The middle finger allows asians to satisfy their perceptive tendencies for symmetry and harmony. In addition, it’s a way for asians to warn or divert attention away from someone. It’s reliable, convenient, and extremely accurate. Asians have definitely made the right choice by using their Middle Fingers to Point. Let’s not forget that it’s about 3/4 of an inch longer than the index finger.
Heck, Cats even do it!
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