LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
NEWSCAST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

People All Over The World Are Late For A Very Important Date. Is That So Bad?

When I read Esther Ngumbi's story about "Kenyan time," I burst into laughter.

In my culture, we have that, too — except we call it "Filipino time." Just like Kenyans, social events and appointments don't really start at the scheduled hour. Heck, in our family, we'd stroll into Sunday mass 30 minutes late!

It turns out that many cultures around the world share the same elastic idea of time. Since we published Ngumbi's post last week, our readers have informed us that in India, the phenomenon is dubbed "IST," or "Indian Standard Time." In Indonesia, it's called jam karet, or "rubber time." And in Jamaica, there's a vague time frame called "soon come," which could mean anything from "any second now" to "sometime later today."

Here's a selection of tweets and Facebook comments in response to the article. Some have been edited for length and clarity.

Kenya

Ethiopia

India

Indonesia

Jamaica

Vietnam

"The Vietnamese have a term for that: "giờ cao su," or elastic/rubber time. Thirty minutes late is still a bit early. I remembered I was told not to go to a party early (generally with eating) unless I was the host. The reason was that other people would think that my family must be really poor, I must be very hungry and thus I would show up at the party early in order to eat lots of food. And so it is like a standard, you should not be early for an (eating) party. Sometimes people would show up late with a toothpick stuck between the teeth, like they have just eaten somewhere else." - Ida Le, via Facebook

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)
contact@kansaspublicradio.org