Once again, I bring you additional examples of how things sometimes get lost in translation when our Asian brethren take a stab at English translation. Happy weekend!
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Why else would we have sent me this link?
I don’t get it. Sung and I have known each other for eight years now. We’re not exactly friends, but we’re more than acquaintances. At the very least, we’re “fracquaintances.” At least that’s how I see it. I thought he saw it that way, too, but now I’m not so sure. I mean, if I saw him across the street, I wouldn’t just wave, I’d cross the street and say hi, and we’d catch up with some small talk about mutual friends, what we’ve been up to, how life is going.
And if he thinks I’m getting a little chunky, I wish he’d just come out and say it directly.
This cover letter written by a job-seeking Korean applicant made the rounds on the internet earlier this week:
If you had trouble reading it off the image above, here’s the full text:
To Whom It May Concern:
Resume is something for appeal myself, Let’s have a appeal time!
My big reason of come to Canada, Europe, North and South American travel.
So I apply to your shop! I am not a good English user. But when I was in korea, everybody call me ‘Ace, you are the best!’ at Factory, hotel, farm, restaurant, mart.
Especially, I love always smile working environment, too short time I worked custom service but It is best work in my life and I want to feel again.
By the way, I worked server and kitchen help in the Canada. I am always good when I am working, please feel me.
I have brave fight to wild bear.
I have strong arm lift to wild bear.
I am so fast more than train.
I can work without pay right now! I do not care, when will you pay me. Please pay me after you think I have Qualifications for get a pay.
Sincerely, Thank you for your time and consideration.
As of today, Duke University officials have suspended operations of the Eta Prime chapter of Kappa Sigma because the fraternity held what has come to be known as a “racist rager” this past weekend.
From the invites that were sent out with the welcoming address of “Herro Nice Duke Peopre” to the part-goers wearing Coolie hats, geisha outfits and sumo wrestler body suits (at least I hope that’s body suit), the fraternity has found itself in hot water for perpetuating Asian stereotypes.
Is what they did insensitive? Yes. Is what they did racist? Can I get a double yes! But should they be held accountable for their actions? To that I say—no. And here’s why…
Leave it to the Japanese to invent things you didn’t even know you needed but make complete sense—in a strange sort of way. The latest such creation from Japanese company Seiren is deodorant underwear aka fart-proof underwear.
As company spokesperson Nami Yoshida explains, “It took us a few years to develop the first deodorant pants that are comfortable enough to wear in daily life, but efficient in quickly eliminating strong smells. At first we thought about selling them to those who require nursing care and to hospitals, but to our surprise, lots of ordinary people, [such as] businessmen who are in positions that require them to see people on a daily basis, bought them.”
With the success of the product, Seiren plans to create other similar articles of clothing to eliminate foul body odors including socks and shirts. What other amazing innovations will the Japanese think of next?
Yes, I know…if you have to sit through another Gangnam style parody, you’re liable to go gangnam on someone’s ass, but if you’re as big of a fan of the 1987 John Carpenter cult classic Big Trouble in Little China as I am, you’ll want to check out this parody that the man himself, John Carpenter, introduced at this past weekend’s Screamfest.
So get ready to go “David Lo Pan” style and if you needed another reason to watch this, check out the cameo from original Lo Pan—the legendary James Hong (Whom you’ll also see in our YOMYOMF Network wrestling comedy series Mat Men coming soon).
So check it out below and promise no more gangnam parodies. Well, unless someone decides to make the John Carpenter The Thing parody version.