It really says…

23 Feb

Our last night in Boracay, we had dinner at a Greek restaurant.  Towards the end of the meal, Li grabbed his camera and started taking pictures of something behind me.  When I asked what was up he said that there was a foreigner (meaning white person) who was wearing a shirt which said – “Socialism is good” in Chinese characters on the back and he was trying to get a picture.

Our conversation was going back and forth between English and Chinese and suddenly a woman with an Australian accent standing behind Li came up to us and said, “That’s my boyfriend you’re taking pictures of.  He’s paying the bill.  We bought the shirt in Shanghai at a really cool shop.  What does it mean?”

Li looked at me and I looked at him.  We had been found out.  He then asked the woman if her boyfriend was a socialist.  She said that likely not.

At least now he knows!

Our subject for today's discussion - Socialism is good!

I put this akin to getting a tattoo of a character that you don’t know the meaning or the shirts I see in China with random expressions in English.  Anyone had those moments?

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2 Responses to “It really says…”

  1. Lu February 24, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    You see, I always knew there was a reason I never got a Chinese symbol tattoo… or any tattoo for that matter 😉

    • gkm2011 February 25, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      Glad to know this post clarified things for you. I too, have not, and do not plan on getting a tattoo, even if I do know what it says!

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