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Old 04-24-2015, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Because that's what the internet is for... not much else to do on the GZ metro
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Old 04-25-2015, 01:40 AM
 
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Because that's what the internet is for... not much else to do on the GZ metro
You must have a great 3g plan.
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Old 04-25-2015, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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You must have a great 3g plan.
I'm on China Mobile's 4G LTE... works pretty well. Not quite as fast as the 4G LTE plan I had back in the US, but it's close, and light years above the 3g here... 129 rmb/mo plus an extra 30 for increased data.
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Old 04-25-2015, 07:47 AM
 
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Bettafish mentioned that if more foreigners spoke fluent Chinese, they would fit in with the locals more. I disagree with this completely. Chinese will never accept foreigners like their own. Chinese will go out of their way to be very friendly on the surface, however foreigners are just too different in their eyes, and Chinese are actually very ignorant. The culture gap is just too large between foreigners and Chinese.
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Bettafish mentioned that if more foreigners spoke fluent Chinese, they would fit in with the locals more. I disagree with this completely. Chinese will never accept foreigners like their own. Chinese will go out of their way to be very friendly on the surface, however foreigners are just too different in their eyes, and Chinese are actually very ignorant. The culture gap is just too large between foreigners and Chinese.
Yup.
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Old 04-25-2015, 12:44 PM
 
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I thought you were, at least we're on the same page. I mean, Asian-Western relationships do work out sometimes, but the onus is on the Asian to Westernize his/herself. It's far easier for the Asian to Westernize than for the Westerner to.......Easternize, especially since Easterners are more exclusive than inclusive
Westerners do not really want to assimilate either. I've never seen any westerner claiming he/she wants to fully assimilate to any eastern culture, but you can find many Asians wanting to do the opposite.
If you treat yourself differently, believe me people can feel that and do the same to you.
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Old 04-25-2015, 12:58 PM
 
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Westerners do not really want to assimilate either. I've never seen any westerner claiming he/she wants to fully assimilate to any eastern culture, but you can find many Asians wanting to do the opposite.
If you treat yourself differently, believe me people can feel that and do the same to you.
Yes. It's because Western culture is easier to adapt to. It also helps when the society in general, is more welcoming to assimilation. It's easier for an Asian to move to the West and assimilate than the other way around. I haven't lived in Asia, but from everybody I personally know that has, in Asia they do not accommodate foreigners the same way we do over here. Foreigners born and raised in Asia face more discrimination than Asians born and raised in the West.

It's just plain harder for a Westerner to assimilate to a culture that has more rules, strictly defined gender roles, and restrictions.
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Old 04-25-2015, 01:04 PM
 
Location: British Hong Kong
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^I wasn't talking about the wife or the husband themselves though. I was referring to their family members or relatives, they could be really aggressive and frankly, just ****ing annoying.
I have seen more than once that marriage banquet hijacked by distant relative that you hardly ever known (that you must invite for some reasons otherwise your parent will lose 'face' and be mad at you). A number (not all) of senior citizens would believe that playing Mahjong or singing their dated songs are the highlight of the night. Wonder if it's common in your country as well.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:51 PM
 
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You are claiming American TV is superior to other TV programs. How ignorant is that.Of course, Chinese watch TV. But why would Chinese love watching Letterman? In Shanghai, there are many more TV channels than there are in NYC. SH is also not short of Museums.

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What? Non-westerners don't go to museums? Listen to music? Watch TV? These options aren't only for westerners, the local variations might be different (like Beijing Opera vs. broadway musical or something) but obviously all cultures like to be entertained.


It's nice that you do not like to watch TV, but most of the rest of the world does. My question was not about your personal entertainment preferences, but more about access to those in Shanghai. In NYC it is quite easy to get tickets to go watch a tv show or something being filmed (although you might have to reserve them early). There are always free music performances in Times Square for the Good Morning America TV show or something. I am only asking what that is like in Shanghai.

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Old 04-27-2015, 01:02 PM
 
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Bettafish mentioned that if more foreigners spoke fluent Chinese, they would fit in with the locals more. I disagree with this completely. Chinese will never accept foreigners like their own. Chinese will go out of their way to be very friendly on the surface, however foreigners are just too different in their eyes, and Chinese are actually very ignorant. The culture gap is just too large between foreigners and Chinese.
the thing is, how many westerners go out of their way to adapt to the Chinese culture and become part of the Chinese lifestyle?

I used to know many Americans back in Shanghai, and all of them stick to an north American life as well as way of thinking, even after living in China for more a decade. They still start a day with coffee, not soy milk and fried break stick or pock buns like the Chinese. They still watch English content on TV and the internet and they pay zero attention of what Chinese celebrity is popular these days. I don't see them playing indoor badminton or Pingpong either, nor Chinese style poker games. What's worse, the majority of them still don't speak much Chinese after living in Shanghai for so long.

And you expect the Chinese take them as one of their own people? Chinese in America make 100 times the effort in adapting to local culture and still have trouble being really accepted.
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