The Wall Street Journal has published over one thousand words on the ongoing debate in Hong Kong legal circles regarding whether or not lawyers in the city should wear wigs, like they did in the 17th century.
Some choice quotes:
The feud has ignited passions over the wigs. “When I wear my wig, I know something big is going to happen,” said Jacky Lai, a Hong Kong lawyer. “It makes me feel like I have more responsibility. I think I exude more energy than without it. It’s magical.”
Henry Fung, a barrister, said he understands the solicitors’ concerns. “The wig makes you look more serious,” he says. “It looks more professional.”
“It was a central cooling system, so there was nothing anyone could do,” he says. “Everyone felt really hot, but we still had to keep our wigs on.”
Barristers go decades without washing them and will pass them down to younger colleagues upon retirement. A yellowed hue is often prized over the original pearly sheen. “The older it looks, the more experienced you are,” Mr. Tang says.
Wigs sell for roughly HK$5,400 per awesome, lawyerly hairpiece.