Asians and Americans: Darkness, Animals, and Wide Open Spaces.
Wednesday May 8, 2013
In the car, trapped in the ever-present traffic (made even worse because of protests over the recent elections in Kuala Lumpur), we had a conversation with Raymond, who’s originally from Singapore, and CK, from Kuala Lumpur (known here as KL). CK talked about living in the US for a while, in one of the northern Chicago suburbs. He said he was terrified because he was staying in a big house by himself. The house was too big; no people were around. Then he said it got pitch black at night – he held his hand in front of his face and said, “You couldn’t see someone this far away.” This, accompanied by his fear that a coyote might be in the area, caused him to run from the house to the car at night. He was relieved to return to Asia.
This conversation repeated itself so often with our Asian friends, often accompanied by laughter at the size of Sheboygan (or even funnier Elkhart Lake) compared to the glittering capitals of Asia.
Ever present crowds in Asia…
Contrast this to the “American” attitude toward space, darkness, and animals. Many of us “country mice” (people who live on small lakes and shop at Fleet Farm) relish the idea of getting away from city lights to see the stars at night (ahhhh, Grand Cayman). Many of us find ultimate peace in huge open places (hmmm, the horseback trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana, to places where no more than 100 humans set foot every year), and many of us do not feel comfort in masses of people, elbowing their ways in metros and shops. (Ahhh, the pier at Elkhart Lake.)
And as for animals – don’t even get me started. I miss Murphy too much.
So – people around the world are vastly different in what makes them feel safe and blessed. But isn’t it nice that people – the lucky ones – love what they have?
(And we know we are right anyway.)
Martha – Madly Traveling Asia with Faucet Marketing Husband
Location:Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia