SINGAPORE (Feb 19): The Cultural Revolution is infamous for its attack on the Four Olds — old customs, old culture, old habits and old ideas. Despite extensive destruction of people and artefacts, the Red Guard rampage only forced longstanding traditions underground. Many of these traditions never disappeared and we still see them in operation when we try to get a haircut in the week before Chinese New Year. The barber shops are overflowing, as people usually avoid cutting their hair or fingernails during Chinese New Year.

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