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I am a lefty!!!

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I am a lefty!!!

I am Asian but did grow up in the US where it is no big deal to be left-handed. I am fearful of this custom in India, Thailand, Malyasia, etc where the left hand is supposed to be your "dirty" hand....

what is a lefty to do????

I love to fit in and respect all customs but for the life of me, I will NOT be able to eat with my right for chopsticks, holding fruits, etc. It is just not natural and efficient for me.

I am sure it is more acceptable for western looking people...but since I am Asian, will everyone think of me as a "dirty "girl?? This is what I read in all the guidebooks. Should I warn peope that I am lefty and from TX first, as to not offend ?

Singapore, Singapore
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1. Re: I am a lefty!!!

lefties are most welcome in sg. i am one myself. people don't make any fuss about it anymore...

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No Worries about such small issue in Singapore, we are a modern Open minded Country with Multi Culture & diversified people. Most of us have respect for others in term of how each of us is unique

I am left -right hand person & never have any problem in public when eating or doing anything else with my left hand. I knoe I am strange, I eat with my left hand (with chopstick & others) & write with my right.....

So just come & Enjoy urself. ^___^

Semporna, Malaysia
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Hi halogen9,

I have known personally some people who are big bosses and they are left handed.

Are you one?

land

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Lefties are supposed to be very creative people.

AP - confirm you're one meh? I have serious doubts about it man ... Don't remember you using your left hand to eat that XO crab the last time ...

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5. Re: I am a lefty!!!

dont worry about the left handed issue, the one thing about left hand is if there is a chance of strong religious beliefs in the people u meet, try not to shake hands with your left hand.

As for eating with left hands, it is totally acceptable as u will normally be using silverware or chopsticks.

There is a very specific use of the left hand in the old days for the orthodox and that is why it is considered the 'dirty hand'. I wont go into details for this purpose but suffice to say, if u meet new people, just to make things easier for everyone, shake hand with your right. Anything else is understood and accepted.

Good Luck

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6. Re: I am a lefty!!!

Thanks everyone! I will shake with the right and try to be conscious of the left.

land, no, i am no big boss...just trying to do a good job and make a good impression by not offending anyone. : )

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7. Re: I am a lefty!!!

i ate crab with both hands.

i am a leftist.

google that!

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