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Why Asians Hold Up the Peace Sign When Taking Photos

Anyone who’s come across any Asians taking photos will notice something: they often hold up the peace (or victory sign) while posing. In fact, you might even be Asian yourself and don’t know why you do it. So what’s the story behind all this?

Before we get into the trend itself, lets go back to where the “V” sign started being used. During WWII, Victor de Laveleye, a former Belgian Minister of Justice, proposed the sign in a BBC news broadcast as a way to rally support for the war. It spread all over Europe and world leaders like Winston Churchill used it. However, the sign meant “victory,” not “peace”.