Mulan …If I Were a Boy…Joan of Arc
Just before I left Korea, I was teaching the story book of Mulan to my grade 5-6 students.
The story of Mulan, I learned, is based on an old Chinese legend about a girl who must take her father’s place. She masquerades as a man, and becomes a famous warrior.
Other cultures have similar stories, like Joan of Arc.
So, I have this dream of masquerading as a guy, just once. (Okay, just once a week.)
Could I pull it off? Tuck my hair into something? I could wear the traditional Saudi man’s headscarf and long white tunic. A slight bulge at chest height could keep going with a bit of padding, to give that chubby Saudi belly style that many men sport.
But then, if I was wearing that, how could I fulfill my dream? I don’t want to drive. I don’t want to eat in the men’s section of a restaurant. I don’t want to play pool or ping-pong and drink coffee at the nearby hangout. And I definitely don’t want to go into the spa at the Hotel Mercure.
If I could figure out a way to do it, I’d masquerade as a man,
so I could ride a bike!