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Re: Cultural ignorance

Postby urodacus » 26 Jun 2012, 23:33

Hey, Australia also produces iron ore.

Oh, wait: you were talking about NZ.

Sorry.
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Re: Cultural ignorance

Postby Impaler » 28 Jun 2012, 10:28

the bear wrote:You know what really grinds my gears? I'm from Kiwiland and every time I tell a Taiwanese person that the next time they chat to me without fail they'll start the conversation with "So in Australia do you guys....". And then I tell them I'm from NZ and there's a slight pause while their little brain noggins try and deal with the fact that NZ is not actually part of Australia despite the fact that the collective wisdom of Taiwan holds the opposite to be true. Of course its a common mistake all round the world but the really weird thing is that Taiwanese are so consistent in this belief I'm beginning to think its in their textbooks at school: "New Zealand is a small island that is a part of Australia. It is famous for inventing the kiwifruit, for Lord of the Rings and for kangaroos."

And also, among foodies, for being the sole source for broiled kakapo. Those birds are fantastic.
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Re: Cultural ignorance

Postby bababa » 30 Jun 2012, 06:20

I met a lot of Taiwanese people who were willing to spend an hour discussing this or that political issue, some country's economy, some artistic masterpiece, etc. The problem was that they invariably knew nothing about the topic! If they just weren't interested in world politics or whatever, and wanted to change the subject and discuss sports, that would have been fine with me. Instead I would get an hour of bullshit about the problems in Palestine, then followed by the question "Are Pakistan and Palestine the same place?" I know a Taiwanese woman who went trekking in Nepal, and did not realize until she got there that her usual dress shoes she would wear in Taipei wouldn't be good enough.
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Re: Cultural ignorance

Postby psidriven » 30 Jun 2012, 06:54

Confuzius wrote:Maybe if their country produced something besides sheep and fruit people would actually consider them a real country.


The mighty All Blacks. Done son!

My :2cents:

The average person from (name your country) doesn't know squat about world events. Its human nature for most people to only care about what has a direct impact on their lives. While I'm interested in world events, I can't possibly follow and know everything about everything. I know what I have an interest in or what my friends are talking about. So I know a lot about cars, reefs, world jazz, food, stuff that pops up on Google News World and nothing about Jersey Shore or the latest Taiwan star dating triangle.
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Re: Cultural ignorance

Postby Charlie Jack » 30 Jun 2012, 12:13

Confuzius wrote:
Taiwan_Student wrote:Hey Kiwis don't blame the Taiwanese, blame the book publishers...

Still to this day... New Zealand is always part of this phrase... "Austrailia and New Zealand" in my head.

That's how it was presented in Almanacs, Geography Books and Atlases.


Maybe if their country produced something besides sheep and fruit people would actually consider them a real country.


They produced a most extraordinary mind.

Ernest Rutherford . . . was a New Zealand chemist and physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics.
--"Ernest Rutherford," Wikipedia

Looks like a royal flush. It seems to me they could just cash in their chips after that one.
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Re: Cultural ignorance

Postby steelersman » 30 Jun 2012, 17:49

psidriven wrote:
Confuzius wrote:Maybe if their country produced something besides sheep and fruit people would actually consider them a real country.


The mighty All Blacks. Done son!

My :2cents:

The average person from (name your country) doesn't know squat about world events. Its human nature for most people to only care about what has a direct impact on their lives. While I'm interested in world events, I can't possibly follow and know everything about everything. I know what I have an interest in or what my friends are talking about. So I know a lot about cars, reefs, world jazz, food, stuff that pops up on Google News World and nothing about Jersey Shore or the latest Taiwan star dating triangle.


There is too much going on in life to know everything that is going on in the world. Most people have a job, kids, and hobbies. Plus they should exercise and meet family. There is limited time left for knowing everything that is going on around the world.
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Re: Cultural ignorance

Postby E04teacherlin » 30 Jun 2012, 18:25

And there is so much to eat hence our love for food.
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Re: Cultural ignorance

Postby bumclouds » 30 Jun 2012, 19:20

There is a point where too much talk about food is too much.
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Re: Cultural ignorance

Postby E04teacherlin » 30 Jun 2012, 22:35

bumclouds wrote:There is a point where too much talk about food is too much.

No-one said talk about it. You should eat it, and since it is considered rude by western cultures to speak with food in your mouth, we have nothing to talk about or actually no time to engage in meaningful conversation.
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Re: Cultural ignorance

Postby Confuzius » 01 Jul 2012, 00:18

psidriven wrote:
Confuzius wrote:Maybe if their country produced something besides sheep and fruit people would actually consider them a real country.


The mighty All Blacks. Done son!

My :2cents:


Who, what? Is that like the Black Panthers or something? I really have no idea what you are talking about.

Charlie Jack wrote:They produced a most extraordinary mind.


You mean the movie? I thought it was a "beautiful" mind, hmmmm.

But seriously, isn't NZ just a state of Oz like NM (New Mexico) is a state of the US? So are the natives (like the Kiwi Aussies on this thread) kinda like those militant Texans who want to succeed from the union and have an ACTUAL country of their own? :ponder:
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