I introduced my wife to aspirin a few years ago. She had never taken it before and was reluctant, because she feared it was a serious drug. I assured her it’s no big deal: in the US it is probably the most commonly used drug and most people regard it as no more serious than a glass of milk. Thus it’s no big deal, but stupidly the matter has led to recurrent arguments between us. I have stupidly said “in the US,” too many times and she responds, “this isn’t the US; people don’t take aspirin in Taiwan.”
Is she right? Are Taiwanese, despite their pill-popping ways, unfamiliar with aspirin? I know it’s available. One can buy it in neighborhood clinics (although you can’t buy it in a grocery store as you could back home). But is she right that Taiwanese people for the most part don’t know about aspirin? Or is it just her?