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31 Oct, 18 tweets, 5 min read
Obsessed with Taiwan’s “down-to-earth” Halloween party, where you ONLY dress up as normal people in everyday situations. This is “the woman looking for a seat at food court”:
“the Starbucks employee forced to smile through an exhausting Halloween”
“the guy waiting for his girlfriend by the shopping mall restroom”
this gal
“the newly single in Japanese drama getting over a relationship”
“the makeup beginner”
“The man under infrared camera”
A driver’s license
When you’re loading
“the one who’s still playing Animal Crossing”
“the surprised man, who got vasectomy last year”
“the one who left the bag open”
“the guy who had to work during vacation”
“the woman who got head injury in soap operas”
“the woman who’s having her bang cut but the hairdresser is nowhere to be found”
This idea is originally from Japan “地味ハロウィン “. Here are more looks of you’re interested. h/t @krishraghav
An additional contender from America:
I have nothing to promote, but people in Taiwan only get to have this much fun because the country has reported 200 days with ZERO new coronavirus cases. WEAR A MASK, and VOTE!…

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This ad gives me hope for The Planet of Labrador
Already picturing how I’d sell humanity to Labrador empire in a heartbeat
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Placing “孝”(filial piety, or, a (twisted) devotion to family) as the central theme is really problematic with this version of Mulan. The screenplay is written by western people who take 孝 at face value 1/
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China suspended a local cartoon after someone wrote the gov a letter reporting the characters have "inappropriate hair colors" and "misleading values". Prior to this, bright hair colors have been largely banned on Chinese TV, but it's pretty much a first for cartoons. 1/
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