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CHINA 3 Months In China, March-June 2008

Bigger Than The Pope

CHINA | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Views [512]

Strangers ask to have their pictures taken with me.  I wonder what they tell people when they show them the photos.  "Here I am with a guy I saw in the Park."

I once knew a guy who got free meals and bus tickets all over Latin America, because he carried with him a photograph he had doctored up to make it look like he was shaking hands with the Pope.

In China, having a photo of yourself with an American has some kind of value.  In China, the Pope is just a guy with a funny hat.  In China, I'm bigger than the pope.

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