[FPSPACE] How cultural differences turn lemons into lemonade

Keith Gottschalk kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za
Mon Oct 18 17:08:23 EDT 2004

> They actually considered this
a source for good luck.   [snip]
> I wonder if, when the Chinese guy was asked how he > > felt having his place destroyed by a government 
> spacecraft, if there was a cop standing next to 
> him?  That might have affected his comments to the 
> press.

  This is one possible explanation, though in 2004 it would be now less true of the PRC than of North Korea.

> So I imagine if your property was destroyed, you'd >just laugh it off and start again?....Me, I'd be rather mad.)

  But if the Govt. paid full compensation, while the media were offering U the equivalent of 4 years salary for interviews, photo-opportunities etc, the mad feeling might wear off  :)

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