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The “Open Duzi” Phenomenon

I first noticed the “Open Duzi” phenomenon during my morning walks in the park.  When the temperatures were reaching 39 C by 6:30am, certain necessary measures have to be taken to cope with the heat.

The Chinese have a unique way to deal with this.

The open duzi pose= belly out, shirt up, game face on.

The open duzi pose= belly out, shirt up, game face on.

Duzi, in Chinese, means stomach.

The open duzi phenomenon allows for proper airflow to the everyday Chinese man’s belly.

Here is the proper technique for those unfamiliar with the way in which one can rock the “open duzi” look:

T-shirt/wifebeater/piece of fabric that is supposed to resemble a shirt can be rolled up or flipped over to reveal one’s belly.  Then, one must stand like a woman who is 8 months pregnant so that even the skinniest of stomachs looks like there might be a bun in the oven.  If you by chance have a fan with a bunch of Chinese characters on it, WAVE IT IN THE AIR like you just don’t care.  Because clearly you don’t if you are standing doing the open duzi already.  Then smile and walk on my friend.

Mahjong open duzi.  Keeping things classy.

Mahjong open duzi. Keeping things classy.

And for those of you who simply just don’t care at all, this is an option:

Sometimes even open duzi doesn't even make sense.

Sometimes even open duzi doesn’t even make sense.

But for those of you who would like to keep your belly a private matter or are worried that your mom/students/boss will see you and your protruding stomach chillaxing in the park, put your gosh darn shirt down like a normal person and just enjoy a stroll through the park with the closed duzi look.

Just for the sake of distinction.  This is closed duzi.

Just for the sake of distinction. This is closed duzi.

This man seems to be enjoying himself without bearing all, so you can too.  Whatever your choice may be – open duzi/closed duzi/full on duzi – go out and enjoy the city in all of it’s summer glory!

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