The peace sign. You see it a lot from Asian tourists as they take pictures…Heck, it doesn't even have to be a tourist. A lot of Asians pose with the peace sign as soon as they see a camera pointed at them. I don't remember doing the peace sign for pictures much was a kid, maybe one or two instances. Recently, as I was having a picture taken of my Thanksgiving dinner table, I instinctively popped in the picture and gave the sign. Is it part of my people's genetic makeup?
Working in a community that is predominately Asian, I get the peace sign a lot when trying to take pictures. Where do the four year olds learn this from? On picture day, our children was being setup to take the class picture. The photographer adjusted them in various places and angles to get the right shot. As he got back to take the picture, he had to tell kids to put their two fingers down…multiple times. As one put their finger down, another one's shot up. I couldn't help but laugh at the photographer's frustration.
Ever since then, I began to become more aware of how frequent my students pose with the peace sign. It's not a problem at all, just a funny observation. Throughout this post are pictures from my camera that I've used to take pictures of my students in the first and second year of teaching. I searched the entire camera for any pictures that contained the peace sign. The students were not told to pose like this. These are unsolicited peace signs.
I will conduct interviews with my current students that frequently pose with the peace sign and ask where they learned it from and why they use it. Updates will follow...
Currently in my fifth year of teaching Pre-K at a early childhood elementary school.