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CULTURAL VERTIGO

German edition
Just finished reading the debut novel of Korean American author,Y. Euny Hong. It had me in stitches…as they say. I highly recommend it...a cautionary tale...especially to recent University graduates.

Then I ran across the German translation. The cover was shockingly different from the America edition!

(note: see American cover on Amazon.com)


I have become convinced, over the years, that foreigners have a keener understanding of the cultural nuances of societies than we Americans have of ourselves.


Which brings to mind a quote from one of my favorite American actresses, Sesame Streets Miss Piggy

On Chinese food and Chopsticks:




"You do not sew with a fork, and I see no reason why you should eat with knitting needles."




~Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life (1981),



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