- Wearing a mask in South Korea’s summer heat prompted the American ambassador to South Korea to get rid of a signature part of his look, his mustache, The New York Times reports.
The facial hair had survived about two years of pushback from South Koreans, who viewed the mustache as a painful reminder of the style worn by colonial Japanese governors who ruled Korea from 1910 to 1945.
Harry B. Harris Jr. said he grew the mustache for his retirement as a Navy admiral and never meant any disrespect by the style of it.
But it wasn’t the pushback he received that led to its disappearance. He said he opted for a clean shave amid the rising summer temperatures.
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