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Entries from April 2008

#65 Being Blunt

Posted April 23rd, 2008 by Peter · 38 Comments

haolepake // Mar 24, 2008 at 12:15 am How about a post about ‘having no qualms about asking personal questions/making blunt comments” When asians greet people, they don’t use a simple “howdy” or “hello.” Instead, they follow ancient rules of conduct that have made their ancestors successful for the last couple thousand years. Rules such [...]

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#64 Not Taking the Last Piece of Food

Posted April 23rd, 2008 by avaliant · 18 Comments

One thing you won’t hear at a typical Asian dinner gathering is ‘Do you mind if I kill that?” or ‘Were you going to finish that?” This is because Asians like to not take the last piece of food on a plate. This Asian cultural idiosyncrasy leads to some very peculiar phenomena at Asian social [...]

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#63 Squatting

Posted April 22nd, 2008 by Peter · 66 Comments

I was looking through some of our reader contributions, and came across this little gem over five times: “Squatting should be added to the list.” “Squatting. It’s a true continent-wide asian favorite.” “Why isn’t squatting on the list?” and “Will I save money on car insurance by squatting?” Asians have developed many techniques to accommodate [...]

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#62 Moth Balls

Posted April 21st, 2008 by Peter · 48 Comments

When you walk into any asian fabric store, you will be greeted by the all-too-familiar scent of Moth Balls. Why do asians love the Moth ball so much, though? Get ready. This is post two of a two day posting marathon! “I think mothballs should be on the list. What is up with the obsession [...]

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