Archive for the ‘International Flavor’ Category

Only in New York…

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

… can you buy a pirated DVD that has been translated from spoken English into dubbed Chinese, then given Bengali subtitles, then had those subtitles translated back into English.

Only in New York…

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

…¬†will you see a Jewish lawyer wish his Muslim doorman a Merry Christmas.

You can find at least one–if not two–of almost everything in New York

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

The old New Yorkers’ saying that “you can find one of just about anything in New York City, and in most cases, two“, came to life for me one night a few years ago when I was taking the 4 train home from a temporary work assignment in the Bronx. I heard a strangely familiar-but-not-quite comprehensible language being spoken (it sounded like Japanese but I didn’t quite recognize any words I knew), and sniffed a strong smell of spoilage that made me gag and retch and get back onto the platform. I no longer had to wonder what rancid yak butter smelled like, for before my eyes were two middle-aged Mongolian men in full national costume, carrying traditional instruments, and having a conversation while other commuters edged slowly out of their way.