David Sedaris, a generally well spoken-of writer, went to China and didn’t like it. Other people have dedicated more time to responding to his criticisms of China, but I just want to point out one part. Warning: what you’re about to read is a statement of such complete and total wrongness that I feel reluctant to even copy it onto my site:
Everyone swore that the food in Beijing and Chengdu would be different from what I’d had in the US. “It’s more real,” they said, meaning, it turned out, that I could dislike it more authentically.
China can be noisy. China can be crowded. China can be abrasive. None of that bothers me, but I could see how someone else might be off-put. But to come here and dislike the food is a sign of complete and total madness, the senseless ravings of a lunatic who should be put in straitjacket for his own good. If he ate in Beijing and Chengdu and couldn’t find anything that appealed to him, then the man should be put into a rocket and shot into the far depths of space. We don’t need someone like that on this planet.
Comes to China, and ‘dislikes’ the food. Good grief.