I remember clearly the first time I was in China, when I sat in my room on a cold January day trying to do my homework for Chinese class. I couldn’t concentrate because of the noise from outside. I knew Chinese New Year had just happened a few days earlier but I didn’t understand why people kept playing with firecrackers. It was hard to make my homework during those days.
Because China is such a big country, people in the West with no relations to Asia, tend to assume that everything Asian must come from China. This is not always true but I’m not judging, I thought the same before and also, many of the overseas Chinese on purpose do mix up Asian cultures in their restaurants to reach more customers. In this post, I’ll try to create an overview of the common-known mix-ups.