From the Other Side of the Planet

Last week I was playing tour guide in NYC Chinatown when this package jumped out at me from amidst tourist trinkets, Buddhist icons, and lychee vendors. Chinatown has more sensory stimulation in one block than most of the rest of the US has in a square mile, even for New York its a feast. What struck me about this bar of soap was its graphic simplicity. Three color printing, flat graphic image, just the trademark (Fan) and what the product is (medicated soap, or so it says in English on the other side). Unlike the piles of ubiquitous sandalwood soap ornately wrapped to impart a sense of exotic luxury to sucker tourists, this soap is just a basic bar of soap. I don’t really know what the medicine is for, and I’m unlikely to find out because frankly it smells like medicine tastes.

Fan Medicated Soap. Actually smells like medicine.

Fan Medicated Soap. Actually smells like medicine.