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The 'eight don't asks' of the Olympics
Posted by Tim Johnson
Tue Jul 22, 5:46 AM ET
Posters are appearing around Beijing guiding locals about how to interact with the (few) foreigners coming for the Summer Games.
The posters instruct residents on the ďeight donít asksĒ when chatting with foreign guests. Hereís a rough translation, courtesy of the Peaceful Rise blog:
Donít ask about income or expenses, donít ask about age, donít ask about love life or marriage, donít ask about health, donít ask about someoneís home or address, donít ask about personal experience, donít ask about religious beliefs or political views, donít ask what someone does.
So what is one to ask? Maybe the relative merits of fencing versus marathon swimming?
Now, for the foreigners out there, hereís the No. 1 dud question to ask a Chinese person. Itís a question that will draw a blank, non-comprehending stare:
ďHey, pal, tell me about your president. Is he doing a good job?Ē