Monday, December 18, 2006

Do you want to eat some rice?

This is a question I've encountered fairly often. I've had to remind myself that people here consider rice the main course here. What you'll actually get is a small bowl of rice along with meat, fish, or vegetable dishes.

I want to avoid appearing to be able to identify some cultural truth, however small. I hate writers who do that. If I'm able to comunicate anything to you, it's the unknowability of culture (I suspect not only to outsiders). It's exhilerating for me to be so keenly aware of my ignorance.

Take that as a message from the Dispatch, folks. We report, you decide.

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