My wife, who's Chinese, pointed this blog posting out to me. I had to share it with the rest of you.
I have Chinese in-laws, and I have a lot of friends who are either Chinese or similarly related as I am. There are some great observations here that really do hit very close to home. Thankfully it's my wife who pointed this out to me so I'm not risking being in the doghouse for laughing about it.
With my in-laws, what I hear most is "eat this." This isn't quite like what rude Americans would say with a nice hand gesture, but it's told simply and with real concern for my well-being as I'm apparently in need of constant sustenance. It's usually followed by "it's good for healthy!" Since English is their 3rd or 4th language, and my Mandarin is very remedial and Cantonese non-existent, conversations are not as natural as we would like. This doesn't keep my mother-in-law from talking to everyone. Loudly. What makes this more amusing is when I say something back, she will often misinterpret what I'm saying and repeat part of what I said with a look of surprise, akin to the expression you might see on someone's face when you tell them you just ran over their puppy.
Me: Ma, would you like some water?
Ma: Water, where?! Oh my god!
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