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Q: How many times have you heard Ni hao?

So you guys...

cool

 

Hold on! Let me calm myself down.

 

Okay..

 

So...

 

This morning I was standing at the elevator of a 22 story building on my way to class when this Chinese man whom I had never seen before came and stood in front of me. All I know is that he kept looking back at me laughing. He did this five times. He was acting so childish and immature similarly to most Chinese people who has never seen a Melanoid. Anyways, it wasn't until after he turned around the 3rd that I realized that he was with a child and that child was one of my students. I immediately realized that he was trying to get his child to speak to me and he thought is was soo funny that his child did not want to speak. 

 

I hate to say this but most of my Chinese students are nonchalant whereas my Thai students were almost too talkative and active. I have a few students among all of my classes who seem to be more social and active and many of them are from HK and they are generally the ones who speak to me first, bring me gifts, offer me their snacks, and write me letters. I really don't expect many of the kids to speak to me first because most of them don't even greet each other but this case is different. This particular student actually does greet me often and he is 1 out of 3 of the students in this class that outperforms the others. I actually feel bad for this class because most of the students are small, it is Sunday morning, and they have to get up very early to come to class. Many of them are hungry and try to eat breakfast in class and some have told me that they did not even have breakfast. There are many factors as to why his son did not want to speak and it is just typical child behavior.

 

My issue is with the father and his childish, blatantly rude behavior. There were many people waiting for the elevator and this idiot who was a complete stranger to me kept turning around laughing at me and I was 2 seconds from snapping when I realized that he was laughing at the fact that his child did not speak to me. Instead of at least trying to communicate with me like an adult he literally looked me in the face and laugh five times. 

 

But the crazy thing is, I seldomly hear greetings here at the supermarkets, banks, hotels, etc. Even the teachers at my old school talked about how they are never greeted in China. I just take it as a part of Chinese culture and it is something that I don't look forward to when I go somewhere.

 

I can't remember the last time I heard Ni hao. I know that is not the only hello word but seriously...

 

 

 

18 weeks 4 days ago in  General  - China

 
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Let me make something very clear to you:

 

"Consider yourself lucky, you can work in China!"

 

I was working in Dalian's Training mill years ago, where one of the English teachers was student from Africa (Ghana). She was nice girl and all, but manager told me: 'Kids are afraid of her. They start crying as soon as she enters the classroom ...'

She was let go and replaced with another English teacher.

 

Chinese Culture?

Mainland Chinese most likely never saw colored (black) person in real life before ...

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Let me make something very clear to you:

 

"Consider yourself lucky, you can work in China!"

 

I was working in Dalian's Training mill years ago, where one of the English teachers was student from Africa (Ghana). She was nice girl and all, but manager told me: 'Kids are afraid of her. They start crying as soon as she enters the classroom ...'

She was let go and replaced with another English teacher.

 

Chinese Culture?

Mainland Chinese most likely never saw colored (black) person in real life before ...

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Yeah, I'm the kind of guy who greets people,,,, wherever, whenever.  Rare to get a greeting here.  I've lived here a long time and still haven't figured it out.   Sometimes I figure it is a manifestation of the 'inferiority complex'.

 

But just to be fair I have met a few who are gregarious, outgoing, effusive, but yeah, an uncommon character trait amongst the middle-aged here.  I find the teens to be pretty outgoing, and the ol' geezers too.  Just the middle-aged ones look like they are miserable most all the time.  I guess if I was born to live and die here, I might be miserable too.

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I think it's a sign you're ready to go home and leave china

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Yeah time for you to go home.

 

Your brand of identity politics where you constantly play the victim card probably doesn't go down well here. You're obviously very racist and have openly told us all how you detest Chinese men.

 

No one says ni hao to you? Diddums.

 

Your Western privilege is showing. You think that because you are a foreigner locals should bow down before you.

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That father is very rude obvious,look at you and laughing, he deserve a punch.

 

He is childish, he should come over and greet his son's teacher, that is what a mature adult do. He should be an example to his little man, taught him to greet his own teacher. 

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Chinese people have zero social skills, nothing new here.

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no one says nihao, they say hallooo and wave 

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