In late July, Russian Twitter user @toshihijimayo started a new thread featuring young Asian women with Russian-language books in their hands.
“This photo collection is not something I picked up readymade from another website. I collected all the photos myself from the Chinese social network Weibo. I did not look for anything on purpose: just came across the pictures among numerous photo sets posted there. I have been collecting these photos for several years now; one of the pictures in the thread is dated from 2018 on my computer,” says the author of the thread.
The models, apparently, do not speak Russian and have their photo taken in romantic settings. For example, this model is holding a book titled ‘Use of Mineral Fertilizers in Foreign Countries’.
While this young woman is studying ‘Leninist Principles of the Foreign Policy of the Soviet State’
This model has developed an interest in ‘Contour Integral Method’.
This girl is sitting next to a book on metallurgy.
These two girlfriends must be discussing ‘Physics of Nuclear Fusion’
A ‘Russian-English Dictionary’ is on hand.
This girl fell asleep reading the riveting ‘Slater for Asphalt Shingles and Metal Roofing’
Another Twitter user has come across a photo of a young woman engrossed in a textbook on ‘Maintenance of Earth Movers’.
The creator of the collection points out that, in fact, Asians rarely use Russian books as props, preferring English-language literature instead. That said, sometimes Russian literature finds its way even into Asian music videos. For example, this music video by the South Korean band GFriend features a book by the Russian poet Innokenty Annensky.
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