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I've read just a half but it seems like a very superficial point of view about China, so I don't take it. Well, just an example: Sure you will not see anything that reminds you of 5.000 years of history staring at the traffic lights in a popular and prosperous city, while eating hamburgers and drinking rum coke, not occasionally I mean. Hey! I'm just saying the point of view in this article is just... I mean this guy who wrote it, you have you're rights. But it's bullshit man!
May 03, 2013 00:37 Report Abuse
He isn't saying that you will see 5000 years of history everywhere. That's kinda his point. He's saying that people will use it for an excuse for their behavior even if what they are doing has nothing to do with their history. It is a very stereotypical article but stereotypes often reflect reality. Having been here 3 years too I can honestly say that my experiences of China are similar to the authors. Maybe you should read the entire article before commenting.
Jun 27, 2016 04:51 Report Abuse
I've struck a fairly good balance between the expat bubble and the "real-China-experience", I think. I go to the foreign bar with my coworkers and friends, drink red wine at home and cook some western comfort food occasionally. The rest of the time, I enjoy a lot of good Chinese meals with my boyfriend's family, eat almost anything put in front of me, and guzzle my Liquans. I spend my evenings bargain hunting in the night markets like the local girls. I spend long periods of time "settled", then go on adventures and holidays in and around China. But I do have those bloody frustrating days as well, where I hate everything. I call those my "bad China days", and they come and go. But overall, I'd have to say that things are better, easier, less expensive, and more interesting than they were back home, and so I stay.
May 02, 2013 21:19 Report Abuse
Really interesting article! Regarding the expat bubble, I think theres kind of like a 3-6 month grace period where you'll wanna try all the chinese stuff and behave like you're on vacation, but after that most respectable expats will want to settle in for a normal life. Theres no shame in living in the expat bubble, with new, modern western apartments and delicious european food, and theres no shame in choosing to live outside it if it makes you happy. I personally am deeply entrenched in the expat bubble, though I work in consulting and have a traditional western office job rather than teach english. The only thing that I think is really *looked down on* are the people who basically can't secure a western life and rationalize it with this "its not the real china!" attitude.
May 02, 2013 09:19 Report Abuse
Good article and so true. I liked that bit about the cheese. I love a glass of wine, some cheese and salt crackers on a sunny afternoon. Supermarket must have made a mistake once and I found some French cheese amongst the false butters and Milkana stuff and swooped on it like a starving seagull. Cost me a bit but I bought it all. The wine and cheese afternoons came to being for a while but the supermarket never made that mistake again! It's a shame you were probably restricted to write such a short article on a big issue.
May 02, 2013 07:59 Report Abuse
Once in a while the China nonsense builds up and I buy red wine, a block of cheese, crackers, large pie from pizza hut, and all other western foods that can bring you back up. I guess it's like a girl eating tubs of ice cream after a break up.
Jul 03, 2015 06:54 Report Abuse