A family friend just arrived from China, and the first meal he requested was Italian pasta. Interestingly enough, Hsuan has also been craving pasta, as if it—more than burgers or pizza—is the epitome of Western cuisine.
And so we went to where one slice of Oreo cheesecake clocks in at almost 2,000 calories, one pasta dish costs a whopping 3,000 calories, and the menu itself is a novel: The Cheesecake Factory. Yes, this is the place to take (and shock) a freshly arrived foreigner. #America
I actually have a ton of thoughts about culture shock and how my experiences as an American-born Chinese person shapes my views on different and/or uncomfortable environments. But I will need more time to turn these thoughts into coherent words.