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Old 01-12-2013, 04:13 AM
 
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Why is it that I see many Asian men with extremely long fingernails? And it usually isn't that all of their fingernails are long, usually I see many Asian men with long pinkie nails and either a long thumbnail or long index finger nail while the others are trimmed. What gives?

I also noticed this was common with Asian male foreign students. I heard that this was simply so that they could more easily pick their nose and ears, is that true? As an Asian American myself, I just find the practice of growing select long fingernails a little disturbing and pretty vile.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:38 AM
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Why is it that I see many Asian men with extremely long fingernails? And it usually isn't that all of their fingernails are long, usually I see many Asian men with long pinkie nails and either a long thumbnail or long index finger nail while the others are trimmed. What gives?

I also noticed this was common with Asian male foreign students. I heard that this was simply so that they could more easily pick their nose and ears, is that true? As an Asian American myself, I just find the practice of growing select long fingernails a little disturbing and pretty vile.
That's probably the reason.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:50 AM
 
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By your username I always thought you were Italian.

Weird, I haven't noticed this.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:58 AM
 
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I keep my fingernails trimmed and cleaned up. I haven't ever really seen any Asians with outrageously long nails.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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It's for the crazy amounts of coke they do when they go clubbing.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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It's for the crazy amounts of coke they do when they go clubbing.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The only place I ever saw it was in North Africa, and i understood that it was for dipping into their snuff box to snort it.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:34 PM
 
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It has more to do with palm reading. I had a friend in Taiwan who claimed he knows how to do fortune telling. From the little I remember, it was better (good luck or whatever) that one's pinky is higher than the first line/joint of one's ring finger. Also, I forgot if it was better for either the index finger or the ring finger to be longer. Because the finger nail is included in the height/length comparison of the fingers, one can change one's fortune by leaving some fingernails long and some fingernails short. I didn't really believe in this, so didn't really follow his recommendations. I also find it gross anyway.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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I'm not sure what the story is for Taiwan, but in Thailand the long pinky fingernail seems to be worn as a faddish tool to remove ear wax as well as digging deep for nose nuggets. A number of university students and other young people seem to sport the long nail. A lot of Thais don't see to be concerned about booger-picking in public. But it might also be sort of a "good luck" charm, considering Thais often tend to be focused on whatever brings good luck, just in case. The long nail could also be for a variety of other uses as well.

Doing a search, in relation to Taiwan, it might have been a sign of wealth for the upper crust who had no need for manual labor.

Dear Rosanne: Why do some Taiwan men grow long pinkie fingernails? | The Wild East

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Old 01-13-2013, 04:47 AM
 
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Never noticed that in either Korea or Japan (been in these two countries for a dozen plus years).

I think when people say 'Asian' they should be more specific. That covers 67% of the people on Planet Earth.
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