Cross-cultural

Posts on cross-cultural matters

Why we cannot ban bbq dog meat

The huge uproar over a Tongan man found barbecuing his pet dog is a demonstration of cultural insensitivity bordering on ignorance and hyprocrisy. Paea Taufa was found roasting the pitbull terrier-cross in an umu at his Mangere home. “If we eat heaps of… pig you get a (sore) stomach....

Economist: China's capital spend to overtake US

The Economist this week reported China's fixed-asset investment leapt by an astonishing 39% in the year to May, or by a record 49% in real terms. This year China’s domestic investment in dollar terms is likely to exceed that in America (see chart). There are concerns that a lot...

Why you need a good interpreter

This is really funny. Catherine Tate plays an interpreter that had to stand in at the last minute because the professional didn't turn up.  All of us hold prejudices and stereotypes, and this short video shows us some of the subconscious ones. My apologies if you find this offensive....

Why do Asian girls date Kiwi guys?

I had a look at our blog stats and surprisingly, one of the posts driving the most traffic from google searches was one I wrote in May 2008 on cross-cultural relationships, exploring some of the reasons why viagra price and how cross-cultural relationships happen. It seems a lot of...

Lost in translation

It's fashionable these days for Westerners to wear t-shirts with Chinese calligraphy or have tattoos with Chinese words. I reckon 9 times out of 10, people have no idea what the Chinese phrase means. I found this one, where a boyfriend proudly displays what he calls “My girl's “Bitch”...

Terrorist attacks in Mumbai

I've just been thinking about the Mumbai terrorist attacks. It's most unfortunate that once again this act of terrorism was perpetrated by Muslim extremists. I say unfortunate not just because of the many people that died, and the damage caused to the economy. More importantly, the fragile relations between...

Who should immigrants vote for?

I just received an email from an old friend who now lives in London with the subject line: “Any recommendations on who to vote for?”  This came after my sister asked me last night, “how does one decide on whether to vote for National or Labour?” “National's colour is...

Asians with small hands: A study in political correctness

I didn't personally find National MP Lockwood Smith's comments about Asians having small hands offensive. Of course, one would assume that senior politicians would be a bit more guarded with public comments.  Apparently, Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia said the comments were racist and she does not think he...

Chinese people having fun

A friend of mine Justin invited me along for Skykiwi's Miss Zodiac beauty pageant on Sunday night. I must confess I had fun, not just from looking at pretty girls 😉 but I was pretty impressed with everything else: performances, ambience etc. The entire event was delivered in Mandarin,...