While working on collaborative projects in China, I have had many opportunities to appreciate new dimensions of diversity. This particular situation vividly impressed the cultural confusion that continues to promulgate through technology.
We were preparing to leave on a long road trip to another university to facilitate seminars on self-directed learning.
My partner, Karen, said to me, “I'll be right back; I have to go back to the room and get my gum. I need it for the ride.”
The youngish translator, Han, grabbed my arm and started yelling, “No, no, no gun! No gun!”
Karen and I jumped and then looked at each other in confusion.
I said, “She needs her gum, not gun. Gummmmmm. Chewing ...