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That is an interesting post from Zglobal. Yes, we are indeed, polite people, at least majority of us are. When many of us first went to a foreign land, none of us complained as much as some of the expats on this forum and on others in China. We were tried very hard to fit in, not only learning the language, but the tradition, the food, and the local way of living. Many of us even got ourselves foreign names in order to make it easier for the locals to pronounce. We are following what our ancestors taught us: 入乡随俗which means as newcomers, we should learn to follow the tradition of locals. |
I came back few years ago, started to socialize in the expat circle and wish to provide some needed assistance. But I was so shocked to hear all the impolite comments towards China and the mainland Chinese without slightest consideration for the special circumstances in China. Some of the comments are much worse than what I occasionally get from the “foreign land” I have lived. But this is my home land, but their foreign land. I often feet like to scream to them: “As guests here, where are your damn manners?” Somehow, I understood why China had to close its door in 1949. With Mao’s Hunan temper, he wouldn’t be able to take any of the humiliation.
Indeed, China is not perfect. Thru wars and revolutions, our whole society has been turned upside down. The new order will come, but will take time, so are the etiquette and traditions. We were supposed to be well behaved people in the ancient societies. Now we’re not. We’re in the transition. Old and new, feudalism and communism and capitalism, urban and rural, rich and poor, east and west, it’s all so confusing to many people. Laws are coming but slowly, so are to enforce them.
But the most important is not let history repeat, and don’t let China close its door again as in 1949.
[ Last edited by thetruthbut at 2007-3-24 10:28 AM ]