“I Don’t Lend Out My Car or Wife” Is a Real Bumper Sticker in China – Pub’d on WWAM Bam

WWAM Bam just published my piece titled “I Don’t Lend Out My Car or Wife” Is a Real Bumper Sticker in China. Here’s an excerpt:

My husband always says that what’s popular in America will find its way to China, somehow. I see it all around me whenever we venture out. There’s a Wal-Mart across the street from us, a Starbucks Coffee at the closest mall, and lots of American car brands weaving through traffic. And when we’re at home, perusing the Chinese versions of Netflix, there’s a seemingly endless supply of Hollywood movies and TV shows.

So it was only a matter of time before rude bumper stickers made inroads into China.

Americans love their rude bumper stickers, and there are tons of them. Most say something rude about the driver behind them. Some insult groups of people according to ethnicity, gender, politics or sexual orientation. I’m convinced America gave birth to the idea of putting totally inappropriate phrases on your car’s bumper. And given that America elected Donald Trump as President, a man who spews rude comments every time he takes to Twitter, it’s not hard to believe this. So I expect this kind of rudeness displayed on someone’s bumper in America.

Wouldn’t you know it, rude bumper stickers are now making headways in China.

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2 Replies to ““I Don’t Lend Out My Car or Wife” Is a Real Bumper Sticker in China – Pub’d on WWAM Bam”

  1. While this certainly is unsettling and disturbing, when you are dealing with such a large population pool, there are bound to be that margin of people who will be more susceptible to fads and trends, especially ones that are decadent or offensive to accepted social behavior.

    I clearly remember back in the early 2000s, everybody who wanted a reputation at my junior high school or just wanted to be cool started acting “gangsta”. Before that year it was all boy bands, emo-style haircuts, digital keychain pets snd glittery teen fashion. And almost overnight, you started seeing the low waist pants, baggy outfits, bandannas. Pretty soon followed by the drug dealer talk, slangs about various criminal activities and of course, the pseudo and real gang graffiti that began appearing on desks and in the restrooms. No doubt MTV was to blame for that one.

    Lets just hope those bad trends blow over or become outdated quickly, as some of them do, when people start realizing that following such fads dont really help them become winners in life and their social circles. From what I can see in the Chinese national news channels that our local NY Chinese stations air for several hours each day, it appears that drug use and trafficking has been increasing in China over the recent years, despite the strict penalties and crackdown efforts.

  2. I also want to add to what your husband wrote about what is popular in America finding its way to China.

    Sometimes it works the other way around and is really beneficial on the long run as well. For example, China manufactured the first commercial e-cig, or electronic cigarette, in 1996. In 2004, US retailers began importing electronic cigarettes and components on a large scale. Today, the “vaping” (vapor smoking) industry is a multi-billion dollar moneymaker here.

    I used to smoke a pack of Mavericks a day. But ever since I switched to VUSE, which is an e-cig made domestically by tobacco giant RJ Reynolds using Chinese technology, I haven’t touched a cigarette in the last 3 years. I bet whoever rides with me in my truck, especially in winter, is happy as hell about that LOL.

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