Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Why do I have to care about your opinion?

This morning I was listening to BBC World Service. The cricket match between India and Pakistan was attracting much attention. Over a billion people would watch this game. As the reporter giving the real-time score of the match, he also connected with two Indian students studying in Pennsylvania. Their conversation was of course about the game, and more precisely, about how they were watching the game. But then, the reporter asked.... Since cricket is not popular in the US, what do the Americans think about this game? Pardon me? Why? Why is this question even relevant? Just because these students are studying abroad, they don't have to like football, nor should they change their love for cricket. On the other hand, I could be a Chinese who loves football, doesn't matter what Americans think about it. What a stupid question.

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