Off topic: 如此握手?!What a handshake!
Thread poster: Jianjun Zhang

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Jul 10, 2007


[Edited at 2007-07-10 11:24]


Jason Ma  Identity Verified
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I'm afraid Jul 10, 2007

I can't handle such handshakes, though it's great fun.


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Lin Yutang's comment on barbarous Handshake Jul 10, 2007

To pay my respect to this great master, I copied his comment on handshake from **The Importance of Living**:

One great difference between Oriental and Occidental civilizations is that the Westerners shake each other's hands, while we shake our own. Of all the ridiculous Western customs, I think that of shaking hands is one of the worst. I may be very progressive and able to appreciate Western art, literature, American silk stockings, Parisian perfumes and even British battleships, but I cannot see how the progressive Europeans could allow this barbarous custom of shaking hands to persist to the present day. I know there are private groups of individuals in the West who protest against this custom, as there are people who protest against the equally ridiculous custom of wearing hats or collars. But these people don’t seem to be making any headway, being apparently taken for men who make mountains of molehills and waste their energy on trivialities. I am one of these men who are always interested in trivialities. As a Chinese, I am bound to feel more strongly against this Western custom than the Europeans, and prefer always to shake my own hands when meeting or parting from people, according to the time-honored etiquette of the Celestial Empire.
Of course, everyone knows this custom is the survival of the barbaric days of Europe, like the other custom of taking off one’s hat.

**Lin’s hygienic objections**: How are you to know Tom or Larry has not touched dirty things before stretching his hand and touching yours?

**Lin’s aesthetic and romantic objections**: When you put out your hand, you are at the mercy of the other person, who is at liberty to shake it as hard as he likes and hold it as long as he likes. …he may shake it violently until all your joints are ready to burst within you. Or a indifferent shake which has utterly lost all meaning, or the assertive, the retiring, the dishonest, weak and clammy hands which instinctively repel one...

Wow, I have never seen so detailed analysis of handshake than Lin’s.

[Edited at 2007-07-10 11:38]


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