How do you think the comment,”You’re fatter than her!” would be received by an American woman?
There’s one thing about Chinese culture that I don’t think I’ll ever become accustomed to and that’s blunt comments. No matter where I go people are always telling me, “you should have more clothes on,” “wow, you bought so much!” “your rent is too high!” “your so skinny” “it looks like you’ve gained weight” etc. etc. etc. I’ve come to learn that most of these comments are said out of love, but certain topics like weight and salary are private business in America, so it can still rub me the wrong way.
The other night I had three of my Chinese girl friends over for dinner. One of the girls scooped the smallest amount of rice into her bowl and that brought up the fact that she was trying to lose weight. One of my other friends then said, “but your not as fat as her” (referring to the third friend). I’ve heard people talk about weight bluntly before, but I still couldn’t believe it wasn’t rude to say such a comment. This brought me to explain to them that comments like that would never fly in America. Even if they were true, they would only hurt people’s feelings. Then I asked, “It really doesn’t bother you if someone says your fat to your face?” They said that among close friends it wasn’t an issue.
Sheesh! I guess I have so much to look forward to if I ever get pregnant! The entire city will tell me I’m gaining weight!
Anyways, at least I know one thing that can agreed upon between our two cultures, and that’s how amazing this Watermelon Mint Juice made in a blender is! I know watermelon is going out of season soon in America, but it’s still being sold everywhere here in China! I’ve made watermelon juice a bunch of times before, but this time I added a handful of fresh mint and it took this juice to the next level!
I would love to get a juicer one day, but I’ve found that blending the straining my produce is working pretty well for an occasional treat. If you don’t have space or money for a juicer, I really hope you can give this amazing and simple Watermelon Mint Juice made in a blender a try!
- 6 cups cubed watermelon (seedless if possible)
- 1 handful fresh mint leaves
- Blend together the watermelon and mint (don't add any water) until fairly smooth.
- Pour the pulpy juice through a fine mesh sieve until you get a smooth juice and all the pulp has been removed.
- Enjoy immediately!