A lot of the older gentleman in China, especially in the lower class, wear minor variations on the same outfit, dark slacks, a dark jacket, slip on shoes, and the so-called “Mao hat,” made famous by the late communist leader.  A lot of times you’ll also see them wearing these huge thick rimmed glasses, pedaling their tricycles around the city with a huge load of salvaged junk, a cigarette dangling out of the corner of their mouth.  They have this indescribable swagger, that perhaps is a result of living in a culture where elders are given much more respect and reverence than they are in the West.  I sometimes wish that I could just transform into an old Chinese guy that works at a junkyard, like the group of guys pictured here.  As my friend Serena from New Zealand says, “They’re dudes and they don’t even know it.”

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