My Chinese family way of using new bought stuff. Okay okay, not my entire Chinese family but my dad in law.
We just bought him few weeks ago a nice new electric shaver after I had noticed that his old one was kind of messed up. The grip was worn out, the original color couldn’t be seen anymore and I guess it wasnt actually doing its supposed job anymore but ripping the hairs out from his face rather than cutting.
This new shaver was quite expensive and now my wife and me were wondering what he was thinking of his new toy. Then the big surprise came as my mom in law told us “He hasn’t even unpacked it yet”. Wait, what? Not even unpacked after a month? So he has a full beard now?
Oh no, nice mom in law told us something else “He will use his old one until it breaks, the new one is just too good right now”.
For crying out loud, what does he mean with “Too good”? Yeah too good now, so in a few years the value dropped enough that he can use it??
Oh man, sometimes this family can drive someone really crazy. At least my wife gave him now a deadline for the shaver. If he still hasn’t used in until next January, my mom in law will bring it back to us when she visits us. Lets see if it can bring him to finally abandon his old hopeless shaver and change it to the new one instead of waiting till its warranty runs out and its value…
But really, with examples like this I feel like living in some circus
As said in many other posts, my parents in law from China had been visiting us. What are good Chinese people doing when going abroad? Right, buying some little gifts for their family, friends and colleagues.
We went to many many stores, clothing, home decoration etc. On the question “What are they looking for” I got normally the reply “Something nice and not too expensive”.
Here the first problem started, as we live in one of the most expensive countries in the world, there is nothing really nice and not too expensive…
I got a great idea and I thought it might be perfect for my parents in law so I said “Lets go to IKEA”
They found so much stuff they liked but as we approached the cashier, they saw that every single piece they had selected was made in China. Oh no, a no go for them “Why should we buy things made in China? Chinese quality is bad”.
After that I pointed out that all the clothes they bought were made in China but apparently that was fine as “It was expensive, so its good.” – What the hell??? So stuff made in China which is on a reasonable pricing level is bad because the quality is poor but other stuff which is terrifying expensive and made in China is good because of the price??
Well here you go, Chinese logic, or just my parents in law.
last time I wrote a bit about my seating strategies in restaurants when eating with my Chinese relatives. As I said before this is due to the insane habit of Chinese mothers to force feed their children…and their spouses. See more about that
The thing is, I try already to eat less and less, coming up with excuses not to eat etc. and then the parents in law are wondering more and more why I am not hungry whereas they are hungry 24/7, even right after having some huge lunch or dinner.
They always say (especially mom in law 妈妈) I should eat more to stay healthy and that I eat too less normal man. Guess what happens every time for traveling and checking its weight forcing me to check my own weight at the same time.
“Oh, that is really heavy”
“That is pretty fat”
And so forth…well I eat like hell for several weeks when I am with them!!!
But then again, they don’t mean anything bad but still, some insane logic they have.