Recently I was getting ready to head to the U.K. for a five-day seminar.
Before leaving, I showed the webpage announcing the program to a Chinese student at my residence.
As he scrolled the webpage, a concerned expression spread across his face.
“Why are these photos black and white?” he asked nervously, perusing the headshots and bios of faculty and fellows.
“Just for branding and aesthetic,” I shrugged. “Why?”
“In China, black and white photos indicate the person has died,” he explained to me.
Ah, I realized.
No wonder he had looked so startled upon seeing my black and white headshot on his laptop as I sat across from him.