[Editor: this article is by guest editor Blair Sugarman. Highly passionate about Chinese technology, Blair’s forages into China tech all started with a single Weibo account in 2010. Now Blair is an avid tech blogger writing on all areas of China digital.]

“I shouldn’t really be eating this.” I chirped to my friend sitting opposite me as I stared down at the massive slab of deliciousness that was the Starbucks double chocolate chip cookie on my plate, and tried to control the saliva welling up in my mouth. “Yes,” Jason replied, “be careful: if you eat that you’ll get fatter – British people are all so fat.”

I slowly nodded my head and let out a small chuckle, using all my strength to cover up my anguish at the suffix ‘ter’ on the end of the word ‘fat’ (interpreting and deflecting Chinese people’s overt directness can take some getting used to, but no amount of interaction can fully prepare your ego for these occasional knocks). I swallowed my bite and pondered his retort, tentatively thinking of a response that didn’t involve breaking down in tears or picking up the pie that he was enjoying and forcefully shoving it in his face.

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