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US Ambassador orders his own coffee

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:07 AM
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 at the airport in China, and creates a major news story!

Photo of bag-carrying ambassador charms China

APAP - 17 hrs ago

 

  • In this photo provided by ZhaoHui Tang, former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, who is the first Chinese-American ambassador to China, orders coffee at Seattle Tacoma International Airport on Aug. 12, 2011. ZhaoHui Tang, a businessman who snapped a photo of Locke carrying his own backpack and ordering his own coffee at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport says he's surprised by the big, admiring response the picture generated among Chinese citizens not used to such frugality. (AP Photo/ZhaoHui Tang )

    In this photo provided by ZhaoHui Tang, former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, who is ...

SEATTLE (AP) - A photo of the new U.S. ambassador to China carrying his own backpack and ordering his own coffee at an airport has charmed Chinese citizens not used to such frugality from their officials.

ZhaoHui Tang, a businessman from Bellevue, Washington, snapped the photo Friday on his iPhone when he spotted Gary Locke at the counter of an airport Starbucks. Locke is the first Chinese-American ambassador to China and a former governor of Washington state.

Tang uploaded the photo to the Chinese social media network Sina Weibo because he thought it was cool to run into the new ambassador at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

He didn't expect it to generate 40,000 reposts and thousands of comments.

"This is something unbelievable in China," said Tang, a Chinese-American citizen. "Even for low-ranking officials, we don't do things for ourselves. Someone goes to buy the coffee for them. Someone carries their bags for them."

Locke tried to use a coupon or voucher for the coffee, but the barista rejected it, Tang said. The ambassador then paid with a credit card, he said.

Tang, chief executive of an Internet advertising firm called adSage, was flying from Seattle to Silicon Valley. Locke was leaving for China from the next gate over.

Tang introduced himself to Locke when he took the picture and wished him luck in the new job.

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kitty8199
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Wow China must be dull if this made  news.

harpsichord
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:19 PM


Quoting kitty8199:

Wow China must be dull if this made  news.

considering the cultural differences it is kind of a big deal

gypsy_rose
by Kandy on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Glad to see someone in goverment that does not have their nose up in the air!

BeachMommy07
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:45 PM

 why is this so special?

harpsichord
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM


Quoting BeachMommy07:

 why is this so special?

but something like this doesn't happen in China too often. 

yasbobari
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:01 PM
Cool!
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steveiguana
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:01 PM

cool

GaBrIeLlEsMaMa
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:02 PM
Lol at tried to use a coupon.. We need more men like him around..
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jerzeetomato
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 10:05 AM

 apparently it doesn't happen at all if you are the head honcho, you never get your own coffee - or anything else!!

Quoting harpsichord:


Quoting BeachMommy07:

 why is this so special?

but something like this doesn't happen in China too often. 

 

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