Category Archives: The Asian Thing
Asian countries such as Korea and China are notorious for serving dogs on the menu; a traditional cuisine that dates back thousands of years. When hosting the Olympic Games, the two countries had to slap a ban on eating dogs to promote an image of higher standards. Dog meats are also widely available in other Asian countries including Vietnam and the Philippines.
Other superstitious beliefs also led to the consumption of exotic food. It’s widely believed in China that consuming a certain animal body part will enhance the same part of the human body. For example, eating pig/monkey brain will increase your brain power so that you’ll be smarter, eating fish eyes will improve your vision, and drinking tiger penis wine will… well, you get the story.
Remember the SARS outbreak that happened back in 2003? Experts speculated that the disease originated from wild civets which are considered a delicacy by many in Southern China.
So next time you visit Asia, make sure to check out the real deal!
Putting English lyrics in pop songs is pretty common across most Asian countries. For one, being able to speak fluent English is considered a cool thing in Asia so putting English lyrics in the song adds “coolness” to the song itself. It doesn’t work the other way around though because most English folks don’t see the cool factor in Asian languages unless you are Johnny Blu. They’d rather put French or Spanish lyrics in their songs.
Common English words or phrases that you will find in Asian songs are “I love you” or “I’m sorry, baby”. Nothing fancy here. The key is to have catchy words or phrases that most people would understand. When was the last time you heard Arabic used in popular English or Asian songs? That’s because most people won’t understand it. Also, a lot of Asian songs are copied or inspired from English songs.
Here’s a popular Korean song that my roommate watches 5 times a day, of course the title of the song is in English. Enjoy!
1. Asians study too hard: With eyes staring at books all day long, sure that’s going to improve your vision.
2. Too much video games. Who invented video games by the way?
Those are my two cents, and no, it has nothing to do with having small eyes!