Today I was walking down the walking path and noticed a chinese woman picking a sack full of some kind of weed. I was very curious, so approached her and asked her what she was picking. Just as I suspected, she didn't speak English, so I asked her (in chinese) if she spoke chinese. When she said she did, I asked what she was picking. She said the name of the plant, but I wasn't familiar with that chinese word. I asked her if it was edible. She said it was for healing the legs. Someone else might laugh at her, but unless you understand chinese medicine, you shouldn't laugh. You can't shoot her down for something that is common in her culture. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed though. I was hoping she was going to share some vegetable delicacy with me. :)
Monday, February 28, 2011
The Ugly American
I don't know how many of you have read the book, "The Ugly American", but I would highly recommend it, especially if you plan to travel abroad. One of my biggest pet peaves is reading blogs of people who go to other countries and then spend their entire blog time complaining and criticizing the culture. I'm currently reading such a blog, and it really irritates me. Her latest blog criticized an entire restaurant meal in China. I showed my husband the pictures of the food, and he said, "Wow, they have a deluxe meal!" I said, "Just wait until I read to you what she wrote about it." She complained about every dish, and told how she tasted things, then shoved them to the side of her plate without finishing them. Every one of her blog posts criticizes some aspect of China culture. This idea that only America does things "the right way" is all too common, and really is embarassing.