A hot potato
You really do live at a crossroads of countries and cultures, don’t you? You have Hungarian, Slovakian, Austrian, Czech and more recently migrants from Vietnam living in such close proximity. I remember when I visited Prague a few years ago seeing many Vietnamese people there and feeling quite surprised by it. What is the connection between that area of Eastern Europe and Vietnam?
I personally believe that the signs are a good idea. Indeed they are provocative, but I suppose that is their intent. I think having an honest and open debate about racial issues can help address an issue which has long been brushed under the carpet. I admire the artist who has had the nerve to stand up and challenge people into thinking about the issue.
In the UK, and doubtless many other countries, the issue of race relations has become a hot potato in recent years. I hope that we can get back to having rational thinking on the topic without anyone trying to whip up nationalistic or racist sentiments. It’s sad that some people try to find an easy scapegoat for their own problems by blaming a weaker minority whose voice is often left unheard.
On a lighter note, I was shopping the other day and I saw a shop which sells socks. At the front of the shop was a big sign which read “We support your socks life!” I chuckled to myself at the unusual use of English. There are many such ‘Japanese English’ signs in Japan. Their purpose isn’t for communication, but more to create a foreign atmosphere for Japanese people. I’m curious about other countries; do you have your own special English?
Useful English from today’s post:
(to) live at a crossroads of cultures
(to) live in close proximity to someone/something
a/the connection between something and something
(to) have an (honest and open) debate about something
(to) address an issue/problem
(to) brush something under the carpet
(to) have the nerve to do something
(to) stand up and challenge (someone into doing) something
something is a hot potato
(to) whip up trouble/nationalistic feeling etc
(to) find an easy scapegoat (for something)
(to) laugh/chuckle (to yourself) (about somethin)
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