Wednesday, May 13, 2009

(Not) Made In China

As you may know, Big Daddy just got back a couple of weeks ago from a trip to China. When he left I asked him to bring back something really Chinese for me. Something traditional. I'm into all things cultural, and I've collected local religious and cultural pieces from all over the world. So something authentic and souveniery was all I wanted.

When he arrived home, Big Daddy had lots of gifts. Knock-off Ping golf clubs (full set with driver, putter, bag and shoes - $112), knock-off Ralph Lauren clothes for the kids (6 pieces for $20), knock off True Religion jeans ($22!) and some cute solar powered toys for the kiddles. But he also got me a great traditional Chinese style shirt with the high collar. Red, the traditional Chinese color, with Chinese writing. It's beautiful. It's perfect. It's just what I wanted.




There's just one problem...



What are the chances?


(I also suspect that somewhere in China, a bunch of clothing vendors are laughing their butts off because the "Chinese writing" on the shirt is actually just a bunch of scribbles, the kind I would make if someone said, "Here, make some Chinese symbols for this shirt." As they drink their Oolong tea, the vendors are giggling, "How many American tourists do you think we can fool with this shirt?" "Arr of them!" the another one chuckles. Touché, China. Touché.)

15 comments:

Martha H. said...

I think that's hilarious! Made in Thailand - who knew?

Melissa said...

That's hysterical! Hey great time at dinner at last night, hope you weren't too late for your dance lesson!

Devri said...

First!!! Dance lesson from Mellissa.. Jelous

Second, rofl

Kristina P. said...

So, China is outsourcing now too?!?!

Sara said...

That's funny!

rychelle said...

well, i'm sure you can find a "made in china" blouse here in the states.

veronica said...

I'm diggin' your Chinese accent!

Tanja said...

You're killing me, 'rove' the accent!

Shawn said...

Ok, so it took me a minute to understand you with your accent. It was so deep that I had to think for a bit.

I bet the shirt just says---"My husband went to China and all he brought back was this red shirt!"

SO said...

Beautiful Chinese/Thai shirt ! Do you have anyone you know who could read it to make sure it's not just squiggles or something obscene?

tiburon said...

That is priceless!

MiaKatia said...

If it weren't so funny it would be really lame!

Christie said...

I'd like to think its Chinese curse words all over the shirt. Kinda like saying "f-you" all over it. Too funnY!

Holly said...

That is too funny! I agree with you though because I had a necklace with Japanese writing on it one time, and we also, at the time had a Japanese exchange student who interpreted this to say "eyebrow" Nice... I was wearing a necklace around that said eyebrow. I won't buy anything I can't read anymore.

André said...

I thought everything was made in Vietnam?