Monday, March 13, 2006

What do the Chinese tell each other about coming to the U.S.

I recently discovered Watching America, a blog site that finds news from around the world looking at the U.S. In other words, it is a place to go to see what the rest of the world says about the U.S. They pick up all sorts of news, and they often provide translations. Anyways, they just featured this piece entitled "If you or your relatives go to America." It is an article, translated into English, out of the China Youth Daily. Some of my favorite lines from the article. The writer of the article advises that these things happen in America, so try not to think too much about them:

  • "In America, if you order a pizza and an ambulance at the same time, the pizza will get there faster than the ambulance."
  • " In America, when people order a double cheeseburger and a large fries, they may order a diet coke to go with it."
  • " In America, banks will leave their doors wide open, but because of "safety" concerns, secure the fountain pens on the counter with string."
  • " In America, there are many restrictions on under-eighteens being able to drive, but at the same time, the army allows teenagers of the same age to drive tanks and airplanes."
That last one was my personal favorite. Anyhow, go over and read the rest of the article. For a state-run paper, they are not too far off the mark, are they?

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