Is That a Zombie or is He Chewing Betel Nut?

Is That a Zombie or is He Chewing Betel Nut?

As Taipei tries to modernize itself into and international city, there are still lots of signs of old Taiwan. Literally one of the first shocking and confusing things I ever saw here was betel nut. After stepping out of the airport and into a taxi, I saw the driver chomping on something and spitting into a cup. I thought maybe it was chewing tobacco, but after a few minutes I could tell it was something else. Check out my video where I explain what betel nut is and how it’s marketed to its largely male user base.

As I say in the video, I tried to get a couple of pictures, but these girls are not super excited about that idea. There are some examples of what you can see on the streets here though on YouTube, so I included a link if you are curious:

1. betel nut girl wearing a little less than usual

 

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