Tag Archives: Laowai

They are not all out to get you…

Bargaining, haggling, fighting, attempting to screw one another, getting ripped off – all common expressions in the world of street market shopping. China, as the country that experienced the first commercial revolution (all the way back during the Song Dynasty … Continue reading

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Do you speak English?

Unfortunately the answer all too often is “Ting bu dong.” (I don’t understand) But then we must always remember, this is their country, not ours. Just as we expect the whole world to speak English within 10 minutes of their … Continue reading

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The strange pathology of Laowai

Having lived abroad three times in my life (twice in China and once in Singapore), I have had plenty of times to study a peculiar culture. It is not the culture of my adopted country (be it China or Singapore) … Continue reading

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Greetings Comrades!

It has come to my attention that China, that great mysterious nation across the seas, is somewhat important and increasingly prominent in the news. Having lived and worked there for several years it is greatly dismaying there is so much … Continue reading

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