Knickers in a twist: Americano in China (2/2)

Tuesday 25 September 2012, 12.57pm HKT

It’s another world altogether, boyo

(Image: Refurbished Nano Laser)

CHINA, in contrast to other Far Eastern places, is a country most people tell me takes a long time getting used to.

In Japan, ways are invented to frustrate the gaijin’s (outsider’s) effort to integrate into Japanese society, regardless of length of stay or proficiency of language.

The Chinese don’t generally have that kind of pro-active xenophobia. Most Chinese actually welcome the ‘laowai’ (‘old uitlander’) to integrate, preferably completely.

The difference is that the laowai (or ‘gweilo’ in Cantonese) often takes a long time to integrate because of the generally chaotic and money-minded ways of mainland Chinese society culturally and institutionally.

A true-blue Hongkonger once told me it was easier getting used to Papua New Guinea than in his Cantonese ancestral town of Foshan, about 25 miles northwest of Hong Kong.

Galipollas, who mentioned racism earlier, also mentioned an eight-year-old blogpost:—

Ten Reasons Why China Sucks | Liao Yusheng | 05 Nov 2004

Discounting the word ‘China,’ it must have been written by a tourist — the stuff could be said about anywhere in the developing world. Big deal.

No. 10 on the list (“dirty old men paired with hot young things”) is a mystery. My friends and business contacts who spend substantial time in China have rarely seen it. I personally can attest to seeing old fogeys with nubile young things more times in places like Singapore and Southeast Asia generally than in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand or Japan. I’ve seen more tired old men with promiscuous teen chicks in London than in the average porn magazine.

Stop press: Rich men tend to have young bouncy chicks on their arms (and members!), and tourist guys of whatever age tend to ‘hire’ the same chicks too.


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3 Responses to “Knickers in a twist: Americano in China (2/2)”

  1. Ed Hurst said

    And while we’re at it, how about universities in Russia? Serbia? Mongolia? Never mind. I turned down an invitation for a masters fellowship in History. Not where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.


  2. Ed Hurst said

    Of course; I chose them for that reason. There is more than one kind of cost, as you note. I rather liked your survey.


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