Monthly Archives: March 2010

>How not to sell to an American

>There’s an attraction at this university which brings all manners of spectators, and with them, pining for their kuai, all manners of merchants.

I was walking back from the gym when I came upon the sketch artists. I got calls in Chinese, gestures. One guy actually bothered to say hello.

“Hello!”

I turned. He had a collection of sketches. Chinese celebrities. Kim Jung-Il.

And Osama Bin Laden.

I started to go.

“Hello!” he called again, this time pointing at the Bin Laden picture. “Bin Laden! Bin Laden!”

Somehow, this didn’t bring out the compulsive buyer in me.