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This post was edited by wowzers at 2012-7-20 03:07|
expatter Post time: 2012-7-19 22:17
It seems to me that your "Just Another Laowai Day in Beijing" lacks gravitas. The "Laowai" experience, as I see it, can vary considerably by ethnicity & language skill. Neither of these you took into consideration.
If as I suspect, you are a Chinese man & UK bred (Or at least a reasonable facsimile), your day would be a similar experience for, let's say, an ABC. Depending on your Putonghua, the locals may even mistakenly accept you as one of their own, and treat you accordingly. (Of course, if you are thought to be from another fill in the blank, city/province in China then all bets are off)
The "Just Another Laowai Day in Beijing" will not be the same for others who do not look the same. Africans, Caucasians, Arabs, Indians, Latinos, etc. and if identified, Japanese & Koreans, will all have a different experience from the fable you are trying to pawn off here. Skin color, Country of origin & language skills can def affect your "Laowai Day" into something way different from your sunny account.
Lumping all "foreigners" into "Laowai" is just silly and trying to paint your picture as typical (If it is to be believed) is even sillier. All that is missing are cartoon frames depicting your scenes from "Just Another Laowai Day In Beijing":
You whistling & prancing merrily along the boulevard in Beijing. You frowning at the realization of the pestilence brought la familia from the UK, You winking knowingly at your companion as the "vehicle" whisked you away, You grilling the "effeminate looking man" which (actually) looked more like flirting. You looking all relieved then shocked when the "pleasant lady doctor" told you it was minor but expensive to treat. Oi Vay! What a day!
Here's a "helpful suggestion", please get an illustrator to paint some pretty pictures to go with your pretty prose. It won't make any of this,any more believable, but at least it can run in the funny papers.