I arrived at the dining hall a bit early today, just in time to hear a rousing speech from the head of the dining staff to his crew. Mr. Li (Chinese) was reminding all of his staff (Nepalese) that they were lucky to have such good jobs working here and that it was only by the grace of god that they have been granted such luck. He implored them all to thank god for this gift of employment and remember that their best reward for hard work is knowing that god is watching all that they do.
I’m going to ignore the whole Chinese/Nepalese relationship and the fact the Nepalese staff are placed in a subordinate role to a Chinese supervisor, but rather I just want to point out the religious factor here. The dining staff (presumably majority Buddhist) are thanking god for the opportunity to serve Americans here (presumably majority Christian) while we are all located in the capital of an Islamic country. I suppose this could be inspiring to some people, but really it just makes my head hurt.