Last night I co-hosted the company annual dinner (as the token foreigner). Like the previous one, it was a pretty big occasion with over 500 employees crammed into a massive banquet hall to enjoy three hours of variety shows, eating and drinking. Talking in front of such a large crowd for the first time was pretty nerve-wracking but it seemed to go OK and the audience got a laugh out of my pigeon-Mandarin attempts.
I hadn’t noticed until yesterday just how much taller I am compared to the average Chinese person here! You can guess which I am in the top picture but at 5’10” (178cm) I’m not exactly a giant either. Surprisingly the average Chinese male is 5’8″ (172cm) compared to the average US male who is 5’9″ (175cm) – not a huge difference and apparently the gap is fast closing.
In case you’re wondering the strange looking face masks are to protect the identity of the innocent, Laughing Man style!