Texas Governor Gives Culturally Offensive Gift To Taiwan's President Clocks are a taboo gift in many parts of Asia because in Chinese, the phrase for "giving a clock" sounds the same as the phrase used to say goodbye to the deceased.

Texas Governor Gives Culturally Offensive Gift To Taiwan's President

Texas Governor Gives Culturally Offensive Gift To Taiwan's President

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Clocks are a taboo gift in many parts of Asia because in Chinese, the phrase for "giving a clock" sounds the same as the phrase used to say goodbye to the deceased.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Rachel Martin. It's common practice to give a gift to a visiting dignitary. So when the president of Taiwan went to Texas, the governor Greg Abbott presented her with a clock with the Texas seal on it. So nice, right? Alas, clocks are a taboo gift in many parts of Asia because in Chinese the phrase for giving a clock sounds the same as the phrase used to say goodbye to the deceased. Foreign policy editor James Palmer put it best - it's basically the equivalent of Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes. It's MORNING EDITION.

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