We were at an “authentic” Chinese restaurant, some friends and I. Now, for those of you rolling your eyes because you’re thinking of Panda Express, we’d passed that on our long trek to said restaurant.

For the second summer in the row, we were the only non-Asians in the joint.

Having chatted with our waiter we found out he’s been in the US for a year and is from Jiangxi province in southern China. I asked him in Chinese if he was used to life in the U.S.

Oh yes! I love America and especially the 

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air conditioning!

For old China hands, I’m sure this answer will be no surprise :).

Any good air conditioning stories out there? I shared about the Connie Cafe last summer here.

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  1. Soundra July 29, 2013 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Great story. We had some Chinese friends in another city in AR cook for us last weekend. It was awesome but I would love to find an authentic Chinese restaurant close by. I miss Chinese food!

    • Kristi July 29, 2013 at 9:08 am - Reply

      When I was doing as summer program our officials had “authentic” Chinese clothes made for us. We wore them to our closing banquet. The food was great, we enjoyed the conversation about the success of the program and continued friendship and we were sweating profusely. I tried to look uncomfortable and fan myself a lot. I was trying to communicate in an indirect Chinese way that it was getting quite warm. It wasn’t too long before I no longer had to try to look uncomfortable. It came quite naturally. I noticed that only the Americans looked bothered by the temperature. Eventually someone asked the waitress to turn on the air conditioner in our private room. What a relief! Maybe our Chinese hosts were more uncomfortable than I thought.

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        Amy July 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm - Reply

        “It wasn’t too long before I no longer had to try to look uncomfortable.” HAHAHAH (and sorry for laughing at your discomfort) :)

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      Amy July 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      It was worth the trek, that’s for sure!

  2. Amanda July 29, 2013 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Awesome! Amy – do you (or any of your readers!) know of any quality Chinese restaurants in Austin or Dallas area?

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      Amy July 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      I’ll email you :)

  3. Amy L Sullivan August 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    So fun! You know, I grew up without air conditioning, and therefore, it makes me brrrrrrr. . . cold.

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      Amy August 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      I grew up without it too :) … and I know you live in the south now, so probably “need” it more than me! In Denver, I don’t think we need it, but in Sichuan China, Lord Have Mercy :)

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