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Old 08-14-2014, 08:31 PM
 
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by the way, I used to hate the messiness of Chinese grocery stores.

Then you find the exact same vegetable or fruit sell for 30% or even 50% less than mainstream westerns grocery stores (trust me, there is absolutely no difference in quality), - for example, green pepper is normally $3.99 at western stores but $1.99 at Chinese stores - I came to realise they will continue existing and being competitive. Plus, on national holidays, those Chinese stores are the only ones they remain open.

I observe many budget conscient white people are shopping at Chinese grocery market too. I mean, if you live close by and pay much lower price, why not?
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:55 PM
 
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Overseas Chinese are a different group of people than the Mainland Chinese in my opinion. And in my experience, overseas Chinese are better than Mainland Chinese in hygiene, politeness and honesty.

Forget about the Japanese stores, the Japanese is the true minority in most Western countries. Chinese and Koreans are much larger in population in most Western countries.
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One thing I've noticed about Korean-owned/Korean vs Chinese and also general oriental grocery stores (also commonly owned by Vietnamese) here in Australia is the former is often a lot cleaner, aisles are more spacious, and just seemingly more hygienic in general. Of course while there's overlap the latter tends to have more Korean and Japanese products, while the general oriental stores have more products from South-East Asia as well as Chinese. Also, I've noticed the Korean places will invariably have an eftpos machine and often accept credit cards, whereas the Chinese/general ones often do not, and only accept cash. Is this a difference in how they do business? Would you say Koreans have a reputation for being more honest than Chinese, like the Japanese? Do you think these differences reflect different cultural values or am I looking too much into it?
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:00 AM
 
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Korea is more different from Japan than Taiwan as Koreans are generally anti-Japan while most Taiwanese appreciate Japanese culture.But I agree that both Korea and Taiwan became more modern by being ruled by Japan. All the current developed countries and territories in Asia were ruled by a western power or Japan.
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There is another reason. Korea had been ruled by Japanese for 50 years and somehow was influenced by Japanese. Taiwan is the same.
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