Jeremy, John and I were just sitting in our living room, eating McDonald's and watching the Cincinnati Bengals game on TV. An ad came on for Survivor China. I wasn't much interested--never been a Survivor fan. The announcer breathlessly called China "the most mysterious land on earth!"
I wonder if someone in China is looking at America and thinking we're the most mysterious land on earth. And I wonder if any of my Chinese-American friends get sick of people harping and poking on how "mysterious" their culture is. Different from the West? Sure--in some ways. Mysterious? More than any other country? I totally understand curiosity about other cultures, but assumptions are another story. I remember reading interiews of Chinese-Americans whose acquaintances really expected a lot of strange, mysterious customs of them, based purely on their ethnic background.
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