Re: Firefly first-time/rewatch (NO SPOILERS, please)
I used a word I learned in Firefly to communicate with a chinese waiter recently. The word was bao. It was very exciting, LOL
The only Chinese I learned from watching was "Shi" (affirmative) and "Ta ma de" (dammit or fuck).
As far as the cultural mixing it really was a shame that it wasn't really explored. They got a little better in Serenity
by having actual East Asians on screen.
Sir Isaac Newton is the deadliest son-of-a-bitch in space.