Because you understood Chinese and also had been here long enough. We foreign students had just arrived, had little understanding of the context and worse, were misinformed. To make it better, our lovely country representatives left the Island, leaving us stranded here -a brave tactic they repeated anytime something happened, like the 921 quake or SARS. Hence, an easy night we did not have. Was the panic based on reality? Nope, I agree. Looking back, I feel more angry than silly for being manipulated, but aren’t we all to some extent if we are not throughly informed?
However, that said, in this currenht friggin world, were all of a sudden planes fall from the sky on towers, trucks squish people and stuff goes bum in places where war has not been formally declared…believing for 38 minutes that something could hit you is not that far fetched. Heck, with NK’s bad aim it is more likely for them to hit China. Then things would get interesting.