Tag Archives: cultural differences

wtf moment of the day: “18 Again” from India

There are not enough WTFs in the world to describe this commercial for 18 Again, a “vaginal tightening and rejuvenating cream” that supposedly makes couples want to prance around the family courtyard singing about how they feel like virgins again. … Continue reading

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“Yeah, that’s not a good idea”

Motorbikes in China are like clown cars — there’s  no limit to the number of passengers they can hold. This one, from a photograph taken by The Husband’s new friend Stephen Woolverton (that he aptly titled, “Yeah, that’s not a … Continue reading

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food safety in China

Food safety in China is no joke — and it’s not a concern that’s limited to a handful of paranoid foreigners. It’s something that Chinese people also discuss constantly. Every other day, my coworkers would warn me about some random … Continue reading

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hot and cold food in China

When Chinese people talk about “hot” food, they could be talking about three different things: temperature hot, spicy hot, or inner fire hot, which is this mysterious thing that I haven’t quite figured out yet. Basically, people in China believe that certain … Continue reading

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chinese men and their bags

In general, men in China seem to have a different attitude about bags than most American men do. For example, all men in China carry handbags for their ladies. And I do mean ALL men. I have yet to see a … Continue reading

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doing laundry in China

I’ve never seen anyone use a clothes dryer in China. While most of us have washing machines in our apartment units (which is a pretty big luxury, actually), no one has a dryer. As far as I’m concerned, they do not exist … Continue reading

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freebies in asia

one of the major differences between shopping in asia and shopping in america is that in asia, consumers are often getting fun freebies with purchases. many retailers have a little reward system set up that allows you to earn gifts … Continue reading

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green hats in china (Nike’s folly — possibly)

The Husband is a huge Celtics fan, and in the U.S., he is rarely seen without his green Celtics cap. in china, however, wearing a green hat has other implications. basically, you are announcing to the world that your wife/girlfriend/whatever is cheating … Continue reading

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