Monday, September 20, 2010

Terrible old joke briefly unites Canadian journalist and taxi driver from rural Bangladesh

I had not realised just how far and how deep this particular misconception had penetrated the world. Here goes the conversation, which happened while idling, waiting to pick up a friend, facing a dumpster around which about 18 cats were milling.

Him: Chinese people, they like cats. Eat.

Me: Noooo! (Nervous laughter)

Him: No Chinese people here.

Me: No, not many in Abu Dhabi.

Him: (Gesturing at dumpster, giggling as he delivers his punchline) If Chinese people here, all cats gone.

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