Are Asians supposed to understand Westerner's jokes/irony/satire?Mi Amigo wrote:Well indeed, that was why I wasn't sure whether (despite what they had written earlier) this person actually meant the last part about all us 'pigs' leaving. I'm still not sure, given the irony deficit amongst most Singaporeans.sundaymorningstaple wrote:Whoever it was, must have had an overseas education then. Most don't have a clue as to what is Irony or Satire and/or cannot tell the difference between a hoax and satire.
JR8, I know what you mean about Japan - it's one of my favourite places but I've had similar experiences there, and elsewhere in Asia. It's that moment when you say something ironic or mildly satirical and everyone looks puzzled, then someone says, "Oh, really?" To which one replies, "No, not really, I was just... oh, never mind."
I don't think it's the audience's fault when they don't understand your jokes.