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   Undertoad  Thursday Jul 4 11:52 AM

7/4/2002: Ronaldo-esque Chinese boy



Count Zero requested an image for Brazil's winning the World Cup, but he didn't have an image and all of the images I saw were rather ordinary. (Brazil winning the cup? That's not unusual! They are the football power of our time...)

This one is more interesting because it's a young Chinese toddler whose hair has been cut and styled to match that of Brazilian hero player Ronaldo's hair as he wore it in the finals, with all but a front bit shaved off. This kid is in Beijing, too, not Hong Kong or Taiwan.

The point is, if Chinese society has opened to the point where styles are coming from world events, where even infants can be indoctrinated -- then, slowly, they are moving into step with the rest of the world, and with that will come more and more reforms. If a Chinese babe has a hero from truly the other side of the world, well that's awesome. Once again sport is the common language of the people.

It's a beautiful thing.



Nic Name  Thursday Jul 4 12:44 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Undertoad

Once again sport is the common language of the people.
... but Sports is still not a Forum in the Cellar.


Undertoad  Thursday Jul 4 12:50 PM

Interestingly, it did have a section in previous incarnations! Should it have one now?



Nic Name  Thursday Jul 4 01:17 PM

Sports Forum on the Cellar

I think Sports woud be a major forum topic. There's always something going on in major sports that captures the interest fo the masses. There's always some controversy. There's rivalry and heated debates. The nice thing about sports is that everyone is an expert, even if all they have to go on is a computer and a TV.

And there are personal sports interests and experiences that could be discussed in a Sports Forum.

[bragging]Hey, just yesterday, my son went to a minor league baseball tryout at the invitation of the Pittsburgh Pirates ... that was a fun experience, even though he didn't make the cut this year. He's still got time.[/bragging]

There are other sports forums, some using vBulletin, too, but none with the community of the Cellar.



Undertoad  Thursday Jul 4 01:51 PM

And so it is done.



ToastyKen  Thursday Jul 4 04:12 PM

Might not be based on Ronaldo...

Are you sure that this boy's hair was cut to match Ronaldo?

Such haircuts were actually once quite common for small children in China, and this might just be a kid with a traditional haircut. In fact, when my (Chinese) parents saw Ronaldo's haircut, they said, "Hey! His haircut is just like what Chinese children used to get!"

So my guess is that this kid's hair was not actually cut to match Ronaldo.



Count Zero  Thursday Jul 4 07:45 PM

Re: 7/4/2002: Ronaldo-esque Chinese boy

Quote:
Originally posted by Undertoad
(Brazil winning the cup? That's not unusual! They are the football power of our time...)
Well, it's only the second time it happened in my lifetime...
Quote:
It's a beautiful thing.
I hope you're not talking about the haircut !

Some people here are also getting this hideous haircut. I think they should be fined for ugliness.

(It's not so bad on the kid though)


elSicomoro  Thursday Jul 4 07:58 PM

Re: Re: 7/4/2002: Ronaldo-esque Chinese boy

Quote:
Originally posted by Count Zero
I hope you're not talking about the haircut !

Some people here are also getting this hideous haircut. I think they should be fined for ugliness.
If they fined for ugliness in Philadelphia, most people here would be incredibly poor.

(Sorry...I was waiting for an opening to throw that out. )


Undertoad  Thursday Jul 4 07:59 PM

Huh! Interesting Ken.. I don't know what the real story on this one is. The Reuters caption suggested that it was a World Cup thing, but maybe they weren't aware of that coincidence.



jennofay  Thursday Jul 4 09:39 PM

Re: Might not be based on Ronaldo...

Quote:
Originally posted by ToastyKen
Are you sure that this boy's hair was cut to match Ronaldo?
not to nit pick, but... is is a boy or a girl? i dont see too many boys wearing halter-tops. but who knows.


Undertoad  Thursday Jul 4 09:45 PM

See, these are the cases where I really should capture the caption. I think it referred to what the kid was wearing as some special Chinese garb, not just your every-day shirt.



BrianR  Thursday Jul 4 09:49 PM

Re: Re: Re: 7/4/2002: Ronaldo-esque Chinese boy

Quote:
Originally posted by sycamore


If they fined for ugliness in Philadelphia, most people here would be incredibly poor.

(Sorry...I was waiting for an opening to throw that out. )

That's because I'm not there for people to emulate anymore.

Brian


ToastyKen  Friday Jul 5 04:23 AM

Re: Re: Might not be based on Ronaldo...

Quote:
Originally posted by jennofay


not to nit pick, but... is is a boy or a girl? i dont see too many boys wearing halter-tops. but who knows.
It's a traditional Chinese children's outfit. That's another sign.. the outfit is from the same style that the haircut is. Again, I don't know if there are rural areas where they still actually dress kids like this normally, or whether this is a dress-up thing; hard to tell without context, but I think the Reuters folks were probably just extrapolating without doing real research. :P


Count Zero  Friday Jul 5 06:19 AM

Here's ronaldo....

Couldn't find a better picture of his haircut.



Count Zero  Friday Jul 5 06:26 AM

Here it is... Kissing the world cup with Rivaldo.



jaguar  Friday Jul 5 07:58 AM

anyone else notice its not much like ronaldos haricut at all?



Vegeta  Friday Jul 5 09:42 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Count Zero
Here it is... Kissing the world cup with Rivaldo.
Anyone else reminded of the Cristie Kerr photo when they see that? Only, somehow Cristie did a bit more for me.


warch  Friday Jul 5 12:58 PM

I think there is a lot of baby head shaving traditions in China-to protect, or ensure thick hair or something...But I've seen multiple patches..



ToastyKen  Friday Jul 5 01:52 PM

A painting

Here's a painting with Chinese child similar to the one in the photo. (The hair is a bit further back here, but it's still a little patch. It's pretty hard to find images of this, unfortunately.)



Torrere  Sunday Jul 7 11:21 PM

Yeah, I also noticed that the kid's haircut is different from Ronaldo's. It also looks a LOT better! Sheesh. The Chinese kid looks okay, possibly emulable... but Ronaldo's just looks UGLY.



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