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HarryVC1822 Post time: 2013-12-31 09:09
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but generalizations are never a good thing. Maybe the pl ...
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but generalizations are never a good thing.
In social statistics, when more than 50% of a group or population share similar traits, it is acceptable to generalize.
China over the past 15 years I have found nothing but friendliness, kindness, helpfulness and generosity
You're obviously not in China all the time. Short trips for a week or 2 aren't the same. Stay for a year or so.
As for US citizens travelling overseas I have heard the term “Ugly Americans” used on occasion and it is not used to describe their faces.
Chinese have a much worse reputation abroad, so much so the government has to print materials to educated them on proper behavior. They even give them out to Chinese entering HK.
One last thing, I walk the streets here at night without fear which is more than I can say for some suburbs in my home city.
Then why does everyone fear darkness here and feel they need to urgently get home by 9pm? They fear virtually everything here. Rain, sunshine, strangers, foreigners, dogs, spending money, introducing themselves, losing face, not passing an exam, not pleasing parents, not finding a spouse, the list is endless. This is, without a doubt, the most fearful society on Earth. And, I challenge anyone to find a society that has more fears, phobias, myths and misinformation than the society of fear, fraud and favoritism. Indeed, even I don't feel truly comfortable walking the streets in the daytime here. If it's not scammers and fraudsters, it's people driving on sidewalks, broken or no sidewalks to walk on, feces and litter (watch where you step), protecting my breathing from the abhorent pollution, line jumpers who you have to "educated", nose pickers (men and women), wild dogs roaming the streets, pedestrians have no right to cross a street it seems, spitting on the subways, urinating on the sidewalks, pickpockets await you at every turn (guess how many people I've met that have been pickpocketed here), most of all, the constant lies - this is a society that believes lies are acceptable. They'd rather lie to save face than to be honest and know the truth. And, this is the truth. They will tell you anything...especially to sell you their junk. So, no, you won't have all of this back home and even trying to compare this society with "back home" makes you a hypocrite.
Visiting a place and living in a place long term are much different experiences. You can't truly learn, understand and experience anything as a tourist or short term business person. Which reminds me of a phrase a Chinese woman once told me: "If Chinese people know you're just visiting, they will try to make themselves look good, but if they know you're living in China for long time they will treat you as a Chinese." Hence, why they will lie to you, show their passivism, waste your time, play games, etc because now you're "one of them." It's pretty sad, but that's the reality...and you wonder why this is a society of fear, fraud and favoritism....look around..