Mrs. Jang informs me, apologetically, that the teachers will go out for stew of dog for lunch this afternoon. I have implied I won’t eat dog; certainly I am ambivalent. “Why are you going today?”
“Uh, to be healthy. We think it is most healthful food we can eat.”
I jump immediately on the chance –“Ok!” She is surprised and wary. I say I will be a better person for trying it, playing up my sense of cultural adventure. But really, I need to try it. I need to find out if, when I put the meat to my mouth I will look at it and think of Little Dog, of Jack, of the terrier in the cellphone store. I need to find out if it will upset me, if the thought of something I have eaten can actually make me sick. This is something I don’t know about myself.
I will let you know.