This week, iReport published a compilation of some of the best submissions, and mine was Number 1 on the list, complete with a link to my blog! As I have mentioned before, attention to my blog is like heroin to me, so I was really excited. Here is what I did not notice: every single food on their list is from Asia. Every. Single. Food. The entire comments section pretty quickly turned into angry people calling Americans fat xenophobes with terrible dietary habits.
The largest sources of traffic by far, though, were not readers from CNN. Links to my blog were also posted on several Chinese-language discussion boards. I was unable to read them, so I used the handy translator at Babel Fish. It turns out they were not fans.
I mentioned this once during Project Horror, but one of the best classes I took in college was Dr. Bryant's anthropology course. He said something on the first day of class that I have always tried to keep in mind when viewing another culture: "For the business majors in the room, please don't treat the people that we're going to study as though we're taking a trip to the zoo." I'm sorry if I made anybody feel that way, and toward that end, I've prepared this statement, again using Babel Fish.
你好! I' 高兴的m您读我的页。 虽然我没有享用鸡蛋，我没有意味不恭对您的文化。 如果您读有些我的博克，我认为you' ll发现我非常享用几繁体中文食物。 它是某天访问中国的我的一个最喜欢的梦想!Which is to say:
Hello! I'm glad you are reading my page. Although I did not enjoy the eggs, I meant no disrespect to your culture. If you read some more of my blog, I think you'll find that I enjoyed several traditional Chinese foods very much. It is one of my fondest dreams to visit China someday!
I'd like to say that this is the first international incident I've been embroiled in, but there was a brief bit of unpleasantness at the airport in Oman about 20 years ago. That is actually not a joke. And when the day comes that I do get to visit China, although I will visit with open arms and mind, you still won't get me to eat any more century eggs!
A reader was kind enough to provide me with this, a more accurate translation of what I was trying to say.