Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cultural Differences: Functional versus aesthetic

Many Taiwanese can be rather functional with the furniture in their living rooms - everyone is going to put their feet on the sofa so why bother with one that is too good.

My wife and I were watching American Beauty and it was the scene where Annette Benning refuses to have sex with Kevin Spacey because it might ruin the sofa.

“Hey, are you all like that in the west?” she asked.

“Pretty much so,” I answered.

“We Taiwanese never care about the little thing. What is the point if you can’t have fun in your house?”

“I agree but at the same it should be a compromise - No indeed to equip it like it is a prison common room either.”

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