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Cultural Differences: Western Directness (直接) verses Chinese Ambiguity (暧昧)

Western Directness (直接) verses Chinese Ambiguity (暧昧) in Communication From a viewpoint as a Westerner who has traveled between both China and Australia over the…

Cultural Differences: Groping Culture On The Chinese Metro System

Being Subjected To An Incident Of Groping Today on the Guangzhou metro, I boarded a carriage packed to 80% capacity with people.  In the throng…

Cultural Differences: Trying to Rationalize The Problem China

In China, there is no one topic I have written about which I have not personally experienced a thousand times.  The wisdom written down comes…

Cultural Differences: Chinese v Australian State Welfare

Australian Welfare Explained In China In China, Guangzhou, around a dinner in Buddha World (佛世界饭馆) with my girlfriend, the topic of state welfare arose. Soon,…

Cultural Differences: Dressing Like Stereotypical Westerners

Mixed Couples’ Fashion Stereotypes of Westerners Beijing road in Guangzhou is crowded with people today.  The scene is very People Mountain People Sea (人山人海). The…

Cultural Differences: Street Protests In Western and Chinese Societies

Disrupting Social Stability In China Today, I saw an interesting thing in Chinese society. Twenty people in a disciplined line were marching down the dusty…

Cultural Differences: The Term Laowai (老外)

Being Labeled A Laowai (老外) When I was at dinner last night, I heard two Chinese girls on the table across from me casually looking in…

Cultural Differences: Job Interviews in China That Resemble Pokemon Go Hunts

A Typical Job Interview in China When I was at the train station at Newport East Metro Station (新港东地铁站), I saw a big group of…

Cultural Differences: Western and Chinese Coffee Shop Culture

A Good Starbucks Day No one good day can go by in China without having a Starbucks day with two coffees throughout the day.  That…

Cultural Differences: The Difference Between Rich and Poor in China and The West

I just came out of the apartment complex in Wanshengwei (万胜围) and saw a pink BMW.  I thought, “That must belong to a rich girl.”…

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