Understanding China, One Blog at a Time

An American in China

“Fresh Air in China”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 10, 2011


The other day I was freezing my butt off and asked why the people in my hovel had opened the window. They said that it was to get ‘fresh air’.
‘Fresh’ and ‘Air’ when referring to China is as bad a convention as saying ‘fair’ and ‘china’ or ‘moral’ and ‘china’. Call me a linguistic purist, but to me the word ‘fresh’ connotes unspoiled or perhaps even good or healthy.
With air that has a particulate matter count that is low when compared to that of the Fukushima plant, I wouild hardly call what we breathe in China ‘fresh’.

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