East versus West cultural difference #217
Jane: Mom, how do you say “abominable” in Chinese?
Mom: What? You mean “bomb” like blow up?
Jane: No, as in, “this thing is so bad it should not exist.” Like, I don’t like this fish-tomato dish and I want to say “tomatoes are an abomination.”
Dad: I don’t think that’s true of anything. Everything on this world has a reason for existing.
Zhao: There isn’t a word for “abomination” in Chinese, because Chinese people are much more reasonable than Americans.