Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman wear hats in Casablanca. Photo: Getty Images Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman wear hats in Casablanca. Photo: Getty Images
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman wear hats in Casablanca. Photo: Getty Images
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

In China, hats once marked a young man’s entry into adulthood, but they have fallen out of fashion

  • Until the mid 20th century, men’s headgear indicated social status and served the practical purpose of holding topknots in place
  • In the coming-of-age ‘capping ceremony’, young men had a series of three hats placed on their heads before becoming adults

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman wear hats in Casablanca. Photo: Getty Images Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman wear hats in Casablanca. Photo: Getty Images
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman wear hats in Casablanca. Photo: Getty Images
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