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Old 04-08-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Well maybe the old ones do not like desserts but there are certainly many young ones who like having cakes and ice cream. Learning chopstick is not tHat important,you are not going to use it when you go to non chinese countries and definitely not as important as Fork and Knife , it is very important to learn table etiquette.
Fork and knife doesn't have much of a learning curve, so I'm not sure how much there is to learn unless you want to talk about dining etiquette where you need to know at what angle to set down your cutlery in order to signal different things. Chopsticks definitely have a greater learning curve (and is used in other East Asian countries and the greater East Asian diaspora) and there are different sets of etiquette for the different countries.

I think you're a bit overly down on China and it'll probably more than anything make you miserable for whatever duration you have to stay there. You should probably realize that it won't do you a lot of favors to just stay miserable or wonder why your assumptions aren't everyone else's. Another to be said is that China is very much a developing country for much of it and has had pretty recent bouts of extreme poverty and turmoil. With that, a lot of niceties of life and tradition flew out the window and it will take quite some time for it to develop or redevelop as the country modernizes in fits and spurts and at different paces across the nation.

Maybe the context would make more sense if we talked about what one sees in Manila and how the incredible poverty and lack of refinement seen in vast stretches of that city and its people is no indictment for all Filipinos. In that same way, it seems it would make sense to measure your words a bit as talking about China in broad strokes probably doesn't work very well and especially not if you know very little about the overall matter.

 
Old 04-08-2013, 05:52 PM
 
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I have noticed a lot. Even the younger women who dress up more still smell. Once I almost fainted in a make up store while the sales lady was giving me the basket. In the lifts when it's too crowded it is very noticeable. I have also noticed that it is hard to look for deodorants here even in big supermarkets and when you ask the sales ladies it's like they don't know anything. So far, there are only 2 stores that really sell deodorants ( watsons and mannings ) .

This is crazy talk. Absolutely untrue. But then you also claim that Chinese food is 'inedible'. I am starting to believe that you haven't even been to China at all, and even if you have, you never stray from the foreigner ghettos, so basically same thing.

As far as noticeable body odor, try India, especially in the south.
 
Old 04-08-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I forgot to mention " Not wearing Deodorant " , as I have noticed in the lifts, in the hospitals, in the stores or even the women working in make up/ perfume stores.
Honestly, I think that's generally a good thing. It's also good for the environment. I can understand after exercise etc, but in general well, it might not be PC to say but Asian people tend to have less body odour so many don't really even need it.
 
Old 04-08-2013, 07:27 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Most Chinese don't like dessert at all and seldom eat it.
Why don't you worry about how western men use chopsticks? Westerners don't know how to behave in front of parents in law etc.
Fruit is often eaten as a dessert in Chinese restaurants, but Chinese certainly do have a sweet-tooth, like most people.
 
Old 04-08-2013, 07:29 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I have noticed a lot. Even the younger women who dress up more still smell. Once I almost fainted in a make up store while the sales lady was giving me the basket. In the lifts when it's too crowded it is very noticeable. I have also noticed that it is hard to look for deodorants here even in big supermarkets and when you ask the sales ladies it's like they don't know anything. So far, there are only 2 stores that really sell deodorants ( watsons and mannings ) .
Interesting. I didn't recall that when I went to China, but it's been awhile.
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