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Q: Can the average Joe/Wang do anything to change China?

e.g. improve food safety etc. 

 

I would say an easy win would be to stop buying bad products, but there is no way of getting the message out. Social media posts getting more than 500 reads gets removed. TV is state controlled and I am pretty sure food safety is high on the list of things the gubbermint doesn't want people discussing. 

 

I have an easy fix. I can go back home where anything can be eaten after a quick rinse, where tap-water is 8C and free of anything but naturally occurring minerals, where I can suck air straight from a city bus and get cleaner air than I do if I stick my head out the window in China. 

 

I did have the idea of painting a sign and go sit in front of a major supermarket. I don't mind the "crazy foreigner label" Lack of information is the biggest danger to safety. 

 

It always seems impossible until it's done.

3 years 50 weeks ago in  Health & Safety - China

 
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China been around 5000 years (or so)

 

Foreigners being in China just a blink of the eye

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No individual can change a society. If I ever tried, I stopped long ago.

 

Live by you own standards and by what you consider good, and hope people get inspired. Seen that happen, this is very satisfying.

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try to lead by example.  maybe/hopefully some people with an open mind and common sense will follow suit.  as for an average Wang changing the Chinese society, i hope and wish it is possible.  but for now, i think i will heed TMaster's advice. 

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of course you know improving food safety also includes boycotting mcdonalds, kfc, coca cola, and starbucks. how long until "expats" start crying foul?

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This can happen only at the school. I remember that scene, 2 weeks ago. An old man walk with his grand-kid, who wasn't more than 4 years old. The old man look for his cigarette, find the pack, pick the last cigarette from it, and drop the pack on the walkway, blissfully guiltless. Then, his grand-kid suddenly look uncomfortable, and show with his finger the cigarette pack on the floor. The old man just shrug and tell the kid that they should keep going. But the kid insist "we should not throw things on the floor, it should go in the garbage can". And the kid points at the garbage can just 2 meters away.

I think teachers are the one who can move things in one direction, slowly. If people start to be a bit rational and see beyond their small circle, things can get better. By "better", I don't mean a copy of some other part of the world. I mean, people have some trust on each other, breathing, drinking or eating being much less hazardous as they are now, kids having time to be kids, better balanced people, etc.

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The old man just insisted and moved away, the kid looked confused. I took the pack, made an angry look at the old man, and I threw the pack in the garbage. The old man made his "You can't touch me" face.

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