Thursday, February 3, 2011

Seeing RED: maybe because CNY is around the corner

Image 1 | Ceiling decorations at Oporto, Melbourne Central
Image 2 | Roof sculpture aka 'the tongue' near escalator to Melbourne Central
Image 3 | One of my mapping books
Camera | iPhone, Instagram using Hefe filter

The color of Red in Chinese culture usually means good luck. [via] 
Since its Chinese New Year tomorrow, I'm sure there's heaps of reds in cities where there's people celebrating CNY.  I don't celebrate CNY as I'm not Chinese, but having grown up and lived in Malaysia, I'm starting to realize how much multi-culturalism add richness to a city.  A cross-cultural harmony is not an easy thing to achieve, just like living in a multi-faith society; but like any type of relationships, it's about working out our differences and finding some common grounds.

The colour red is often associated with something bold, as it is a bold colour.  Red can also be a sign of warning, like how our teachers used to mark our assignments using red pen (or red marker!).  Wearing red can be an attention-grabber, especially if you stand amongst a crowd that wears black.  But then again, any colour against a majority of another colour will definitely stand out.  At the end of the day, colours are just colours.  What they mean are only a result of what we prescribe to them, what we associate with them.  Different society, culture, people, age group, gender would probably have different interpretations of red.  And who knows, in the next century, red may have a whole other definition.

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