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|We often heard of that taxi drivers in Beijing like to talk about politics with passengers, from domestic problems to international disputes. I myself is a Beijing local and I have the experience that when a group of friends, especailly a group of men, are meeting, politic is one of the hottest topic among them.|
By contrary, articles often say that people from the US and Japan, including other places in the world don't like to think about politics much, except those politicians. Ordinary people are more concerned about their daily life, and they even don't bother to vote for their leaders.
In China, although citizens don't have the right to choose their leaders directly, they like to discuss about domestic and international situations, as if they have the decision ability of what should be done.
I read an article written by a person who chatted with a cabbie in Beijing. The driver talked about the international situation and US domestic status for a long time, and concluded that Obama would definitely take office. Of course, the conversation happened before he was elected as the president, so that the passenger didn't take the driver's words seriously. When he finally witnessed Obama's success, he thought the driver should be an analyst of Sino-US relationship instead of a cabbie.
Do you have the same feeling when you travelled in Beijing or other parts of China? Or you met with some Chinese people who like to discuss about politics with others? Or you think people in your country, or other parts rather than China, like to talk about politics much?