Monday, April 2, 2007

A Comment on the Prevalence of Western Culture

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2007 at 6:23 AM

OK, so Western culture has definitely infiltrated China. I have seen McDonald's, Starbucks, Pizza Huts, and the ubiquitous Col. Sanders many, many times since landing in China several days ago. (I even saw a Ford on the road once!)

But tonight, things went too far.

We were at a restaurant eating dinner (on the menu: Chinese food!) when a woman came up and started singing while playing a mandolin or something. She was dressed in what appeared to be traditional garb, playing traditional music ... until her third song or so. Our mouths dropped when we realized she was playing the melody (but, thank goodness, NOT singing the words, at least not in English) to "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion (who is Canadian, I know, but still).

Gads. No wonder the rest of the world hates us.