Overheard at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Xintiandi:
African-American man in his 50s: I love rap music. You heard of Tupac?
Chinese girl in her late 20s, clutching an electronic dictionary: No.
Man: What about 50 Cent? You know him?
Girl looks puzzled and shakes her head.
Man: Snoop? Snoop Dogg?
Girl still clueless.
Man, now becoming irritated: Gangsta Rap. Do you know what Gangsta Rap is?
Girl tries typing into her dictionary. More blank stares …
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