Long story short: My students and I are starting to cutout the decorations for St. Patrick’s day (planning ahead). Today, the clover cut outs were going well when one student noticed I had cutouts for green hats. A few of the boys put their scissors down and crossed their arms in somewhat of a defiant manner. Through the TA (teacher assistant) I asked the students what was the matter and they proceeded to tell me that men in China don’t wear green hats.
I looked at the boys dumb founded and kind of laughed and asked why ever not. That’s when the TA looks at me and says: It is because of a culture reason that men don’t wear this color hat. The men don’t wear green hats because a green hat means that a mans wife is cheating or being unfaithful to him. I must have given her an incredulous look because she laughed at me and said, “its true”. Of course I came home and looked it up and found a couple of articles to support what I had been told. You can read one here and here.
After some further discussions we agreed to keep the green hats and as they will make wonderful decorations when we add glitter a band, etc.. to each hat.
Every culture has quirks!