Saturday, January 26, 2008

China -

The Japanese are only lice on the body of China, but Communism is a disease of the heart. Chinese saying, c. 1940

The Chinese are only too often ready to sweep the dust of reality under the carpet of appearance." --Dennis Bloodworth, _Chinese Looking Glass_, (1967)

The people there gave us a certaine Drinke called Chaa, which is only water with akind of herbe boyled in itt. It must bee Drancke warme and is accompted wholesome.-- Peter Mundy, _Travels in Europe and Asia_, 1637

And I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven't yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food? -Bill Bryson_Notes from a Small Island_, 1996:

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