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Q: What and how was your first experience of Chinese culture?

6 weeks 3 days ago in  Lifestyle - China

 
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Flying into Beijing for my first teaching job. Very little information given and not really knowing what to expect. A very long drive through Beijing to a dingy office someplace to get processed. Very unsettling to me. Dumped off into a run down hotel room for the night with an early morning trek to my school in Lianyungang. No direct answers to my questions. No real dialog. Very unwelcoming. This was 8 years ago. 

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Watching the Monkey King on TV when I was a kid.

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Flying into Beijing for my first teaching job. Very little information given and not really knowing what to expect. A very long drive through Beijing to a dingy office someplace to get processed. Very unsettling to me. Dumped off into a run down hotel room for the night with an early morning trek to my school in Lianyungang. No direct answers to my questions. No real dialog. Very unwelcoming. This was 8 years ago. 

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not my first experience of China, but certainly the 'hit and run' aspect of the questioning is the most significant experience.

 

The fakeness ( like creating fake personas online) of so many aspects of Chinese life
the 'interrogation' like questionong without the normal 'to and fro' of normal conversations.

the quick ability Chinese people have to take comments out of context and become 'offended' very quickly.

The ignoring of a reasonable question.
I especially love how foreigners are treated as 'zoo animals' as if we are not really human: being stared at, touched without permission, verbally harassed by the immature ('harooooo !!'), having our photo's taken.

 

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After arriving in Shenzhen in the wee hours I waited several hours in the bus station with no adequate clothing for winter.

I thought the bus trip to Guanxi was a putrid nightmare, that is until we pulled into a rural bus station outside of Nanning for a snack and ablutions. F@ck me, the toilets were something from a horror movie. I still shudder to this day remembering squatting over a gutter running across the floor in front of a dude with laduzi who had his hand on my shoulder for balance. It's funny how everything steams when it is 1°C. Ahhh, good times!

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A:Can a new employer help you? Possibly but it's really hard to say for sure. I used to be involved in hiring new teachers and a couple of times we had people we wanted to hire who were having trouble with their old school - situations similar to yours. Our school was legally able to hire foreign teachers, did everything by the book and was well connected, usually schools that mess people around with visa stuff aren't operating legally so a call from our visa guy to theirs telling them they were breaking the law, we were in the middle of processing the visa stuff with the PSB and the next phone call they got regarding this teacher was likely to be from the PSB asking some hard questions was usually enough to get them to co-operate. No school doing illegal stuff wants the PSB getting too interested in what they're doing. There's a chance a new employer could figure something out if they really want to hire you but these are difficult times, their hands might be tied too.    -- Stiggs