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Foreigners still kept at arm's length by Chinese culture [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2010-6-30 21:49:58 |Display all floors
Funny how all Chinese say "Lao means old, like old friend", lao also means old like "Lao tou zi" which is not good. the  word Laowai is sometimes neutral and sometimes a pejorative. it's never good. I've never seen a CHinese person use it in a good manner.

Waiguoren is about the nicest way to say foreigner though you're much better off just ignoring them or calling them Him/Her/them...

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Post time 2010-6-30 23:08:59 |Display all floors
Similar debates had been going on for many years ago in Germany.

It was normal to call all foreign workers "Auslaender" - a word with no negatives in itself, but later on Auslaender was associated by many as a negative term and often
was used in a negative context. After a lengthy debate, which involved all political parties, the term "Gastarbeiter" was chosen. A much more friendly and welcoming term
since Gast means guest, and you do not like to embarrass your guests, right ?

Such changes can only come in a society which is able to "self-reflect", able to change it's attitude.

Hope, China could do the same, too.

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Post time 2010-6-30 23:13:02 |Display all floors

#10 Don't worry "gweilo"

we will consider your proposal for......10 seconds and then throw it where we throw all your ideas(ironic mode on) and "brilliant" (sarcastic mode on) thoughts (metaphorical mode on since you have no brain); the rubbish bin!

Good night Rudi!

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Post time 2010-6-30 23:20:27 |Display all floors
It is funny.

Some posters use always "we" when replying.

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Post time 2010-6-30 23:27:16 |Display all floors
Originally posted by ZhangKuang at 2010-6-30 23:20
It is funny.

Some posters use always "we" when replying.



multiple peronality disorder?!^^
Patria est ubicunque bene/Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit

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Post time 2010-6-30 23:27:54 |Display all floors

#12 that's because "we"....

are much better than "you"!

Good night Rudi!

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Post time 2010-6-30 23:29:03 |Display all floors
Originally posted by longzhou at 2010-6-30 23:27
are much better than "you"!

Good night Rudi!



You already said "good night" twice. When will you finally leave and go to bed?!
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