Quick! Call PETA!

Chou-chou here.

The big cats have gone to bed. I overheard them snickering and laughing a few minutes ago. When I got into their computer, I found… THIS!

I’m not sure whether to laugh, or cry, or go throw up now. In any case, I’ll be on my best behaviour for the next few days!

16 thoughts on “Quick! Call PETA!”

  1. Joanna! We made eggbarf this morning in honour of your eggbarf. It’s only the third time we’ve had cheese since we’ve been here (Taiwanese generally don’t like cheese, and they despise sour cream). We had left-over cheese from a school event.

    Hey, and make sure you see these pictures too:
    laugh,
    cry,
    and go throw up!

    Shaving pets is pretty common here in the summer. Doo-doo is Chou-chou’s future roommate (when we leave Taiwan and Mingdaw gets the cat).

  2. Oh, please take Chou Chou home with you when you come — I can’t stand the thought of my grandcat being so exposed like that!!

  3. Grandma – Mom doesn’t want Chou-chou to come to Canada. You’ll have to take it up with her!

    Miller – They only eat cats and insects on the Mainland. But our cultural informants in Taiwan say you can still get dog if you know where to look (apparently it’s kind of an ‘underground’ thing).

  4. to be honest, I started second-guessing my assumption when you asked “Why did you assume…” and had concluded that you must have been insinuating something about hair-less Asians from the cat picture instead of food. But I guess I guessed right the first time.

    You know, blogs are weird. We can post cool exotic video and pictures of giant firecracker heralded deities, and no one comments. But when our cat writes about getting shaved, Oh! now that’s interesting! =) I guess we need to learn our audience!

  5. Yeah, 13 posts is a lot. I guess what weirds me out the most is that you can see the cats skin so clearly. Like normally when you shave a cat (speaking from exprience I know)there is a little fur about a centimeter high left. It’s like these guys took a razor to the cat!

  6. The incense and the deities are so foreign to me that I had nothing to say.. My brain went into Neutral gear and said, “Self, that is so bizarre that they do that. Well, what’s for lunch?” So I quit looking at it — It’s like Chinese Characters. In Russia, I could make out the Cyrillic equivalent in our Alphabet so I would stare at the words until I could say them and then I would test it out on my Russian companions. In Chinese, you stare at the characters and keep staring and nothing starts to make sense, so you ‘neutralize’ it and go get something tasty to eat, at least my tastebuds have an international appreciation. With the incense and the goddess, I can look at it all day and not understand one wit of it.

    Are they worshipping? Are they praying? Are they sacrificing? Is it sincere? Are these forms of worhip/prayer/sacrifice at all equivalent to the Judeo/Christian rites?

    … Whereas the cat thing! Man, I’ve always had a cat growing up..

  7. Ryan – Re: the foreign religious stuff.

    You describe our experience also, at least as it is initially. We see a truck pull up and 12-foot tall deities step out and start walking around the neighbourhood until they arrive for the axe-wielding fire dancing routine. And all the time the din of the drums and gongs and firecrackers and traditional uber-oboes is deafening. Aside from a general understanding of the broad religious categories this stuff can fit into, we don’t know much. We just have a lot of possibilities, and can guess where the missing information will fit/be found.

    Same deal for the ‘block party,’ that bodhisattva statute, and the recent parade.

    Are they worshipping? Are they praying? Are they sacrificing? Is it sincere? Are these forms of worhip/prayer/sacrifice at all equivalent to the Judeo/Christian rites?

    We ask those questions, too (and usually don’t have many readily available answers, either). Until we get familiar enough to map out more of the cultural terrain and start recognizing things, we’ll be sharing in that initial ‘neutralizing’ experience with you. Only we have to live in this context, so the motivation to find the answers is there, and we know the answers are at hand. We just have to dust off some of that education and go digging for them – the personal way.

    Of course, we can ‘understand’ this stuff from English text-books, but you know better than me how key language is to depth of understanding. David F. says it best I think: “Without language you won’t have a clue what’s really going on.”

    Sean – no kidding. When they said they were going to shave their cat I was thinking buzz-cut at the most, not Bic razor. He said it took two hours and the cat scraped up the vet pretty good. Not that I blame the cat!

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