Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Graphic Round

After a year of living in China, as you might have guessed, we accumulated an abundance of Chinese products. While we did buy many goods to use in our own household, more baggage than you might imagine was filled with cool gifts for friends and family. For me, my favorite item of choice for my friends was t-shirts. But these aren't any old shirts, wode pengyou, these are CHINGLISH SHIRTS!

From a previous post about signs and advertisements in China, you may already know that the Chinese love English writing, but don't always understand the meaning. Well, this works for t-shirts, too. Pretty much anything can be written on clothing, in English, and someone will buy it. Here are a few examples...

No Paint, No Gains

The Graphic Round

buying food in a cafeteria

NY smells funny

Raw Denim

Property of Milwauke College
(some versions with the letters randomly scrambled)

FRAHKLIN AND MARSHALL (my dad went to Franklin and Marshall College)

GLORY THINGS
The escapes from here
Light will lead you
FAITH GIRL'S THINGS
Faith the
GIRL THING
BLIGHTNESS - WILL LEAD YOU
The escapes from hrer
Light will lead you
Bright spot.

Rahant ratwre
Live and Learn
A rket Rocty
Singhhcoty rutur

Linchpin

SpiraliA
Are you ready for this?
INSTINCT OF LOVE
GO AROUND
MY SOUL SIDE.
DOES IT WORK
FOR YOU
Rainy
and sunnyday
we are
allve nearherE
HOW MANY FLAPPERMOVE
ON YOUR HEART SILENTLY

These are just a few of our favorites. I just hope they bring as much joy to the people I am giving them to as they do to us. Just imagine you are walking down a Chinese street and you see a young man wearing a shirt that say, "This shirt contains the World's Best Mother." This phenomenon of wearing Chinglish shirts is not only popular with the Chinese now. Waiguoren from all over the world love buying these shirts to bring back and wear in their own country.

~JUliE

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