I'm not Chinese, nor do I play jokes. So chances are I'll never put urine in your soda. But do they actually do that in China? The whole pee pee in the coke thing? Is it a popular prank amongst youths? And what about all the other falsities and generalizations we've made about our
Domino's Pizza video a few years back.
|Pei Pei: definitely not in your Coke|
Luckily I had an interpreter with me who spoke the language very well, but even that doesn't help when the Chinese misinterpret our language worse than we interpret theirs. For example, one evening we went to a restaurant that offered egg rolls. After several days in China, this was the first egg roll I had seen listed on a menu, so naturally, I wanted to try it. My rationale being that if the U.S. interpretation of egg rolls were so delicious, than the Chinese- the original- must be out of this world, right? Not even close. Much to our surprise, our 11-fingered* waiter brought us what could only be the literal translation of egg roll:
|It tasted as good as it looks.|
All in all though, China proved to be an amazing place. I loved it long-time and I'm eager to go back. The people there were both inquisitive and jovial, (in part because Big Brother is always watching them), and many locals I spoke to wanted to learn more about us (and U.S.). I indulged them as best I could, but the majority of the conversations ended with them saying "you have a big belly" and laughing amongst their friends.
I like to think that makes me one step closer to Buddha than any of them will ever be.
*he had a second thumb on his right hand, but sadly I could not get a photo.