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Q: Why do the Chinese stare at people... especially black people?

Having your photo taken and ending up on Weibo... to walking down the road and having people just stare.... mouths open.. to having people damn near mowing down the shrubbery on the roads because they have never seen someone who looks different... it does get a bit annoying ... and I'm just wondering besides the obvious ignorance and sheltered lifestyles of the Chinese ... is it that strange to see someone who doesn't have weird shaped eyes, jet black hair and porcelain skin? 

5 years 24 weeks ago in  Culture - Qingdao

 
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Maybe, how often do you see other foreigners? The Chinese told me that they don't want to look rude, but they are simply curious.

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5 years 24 weeks ago
 
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Because people here have not much sense of personal privacy : if they want something, like showing something to a friend, they will just have it. The idea that they might on someone privacy does not even cross their mind. Like a child... My wife, Chinese, got a creep taking pics of her because she was walking barefoot, her shoes were hurting her. When I told him to move on, he did not gave a damn until we were really angry.

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Because there's no variety in China (99.8 % of Chinese are Han). They're fed up with homogeneity & conformity & are happy to see something/someone who is different in any way. It pisses me off too but I'm trying to be tolerant.

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Quote:

 

"... is it that strange to see someone who doesn't have weird shaped eyes, jet black hair and porcelain skin? "

 

Who has weird shaped eyes?

 

If you can't see beyond racial differences, why should anyone else?

 

Chill out and enjoy it.  If I spot anyone taking a photo of me in the street I whip out my camera and take a photo of them. Then I stick my thumb up and say thank you.

 

It's all part of the China experience. And yes it can be tiresome and it gets to us all at times. But China should be an enjoyable experience, so sometimes you need to give yourself a little pinch to remind yourself to enjoy it .

 

Have fun with it dudewink.

 

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You might at least have upvoted my boost...you mean dude.

I only need 2 more points to get my torch Smile

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They do it to me as well, and I'm whiter than a bowl of rice.

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because theyve never seen a black person before. really this happens everywhere, in every country, especially in the less touristy areas, regardless of race. ..also it may be considered rude to stare in the west, but i have not heard the same said in china or asia.

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Did somebody try to take pictures of some Chinese people???

 

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from what i've heard it's not necessarily rude but it's considered kinda trashy to stare/act surprised. Like you're from such a lame life situation that everything just blows you away.

 

I've heard that from both shanghainese and cantonese.

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Well, according to the last census...

There are just under 600,000 foreigners living in China.
The population of China is around 1.4 BILLION people (1,400,000,000).
Using basic math 600,000/1,400,000,000=·0.004285*100=foreigners make up0.43% Of the population. That's about 200 chinese people for every foreigner. When you factor in the fact that most foreigners are concentrated in major metropolitan areas, the realization sets in thst thrte are hundrefs of millions of Chinese people who have never seen a foreigner outside of T.V, movies, and the internet.

I am not saying that it is OK to stare, take pictures, or do the point and shout, but I can understand it.

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You know. I stare too. Especially this time of year when the girls are wearing less clothes. I also like staring a black women, they can be very attractive too. ! Oh, and white, brown, yellow, blue...????. hell yeah, Smurfette, if I saw her on the street I'd stare til my face turned blue. 

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Oh poor taylormade, what a terrible burden you must face everyday being so ridiculously good looking and so photogenic.

 

Honestly, if you saw a 2 metre tall Chinese person walking down the street in your hometown, wouldn't you have a bit of a gander? It is not so different except as you know, Chinese people will take a photo of anything and put it on Weibo/Wechat.

 

After a few years here, as you say, why would you even care or barely notice it? It is meaningless to me but makes someone happy, so why not make their day? When it happens treat it like you are some sort of goodwill ambassador. I would guess that Chinese people who want a photo with you would rather tell their friends (who think all foreigners are dirtbags) that they met a friendly foreigner than they met some foreign asshole who got angry because they wanted a happy snap. By being polite and going along with this game you are doing all foreigners a service by dispelling the myth that we are all dicks. It doesn't kill you.

 

Perhaps you should embrace your inner Rock Star while you are here because when you go back home you will be just another douche.

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Some people have only seen people who don't look like them on TV and in movies and adverts, especially if they come from the countryside. There's no wonder that they've attached some crazy notions of being exotic and special to foreigners. 

 

It's not right, but it's just how things are. It sucks though, try not to let it get you down

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you'll get used to the staring - eventually - and not notice it.

I would agree that it can be intrusive at times, BUT..... this is China.

For the more persistent starers, i stare back. In sun-glasses i can intimidate them a bit.

As for the comments about if you know another foreigner, just wait until they start an the cultural stereotypes.

'all foreigners blah blah blah.......'

I respond with 'do all Chinese people know Kung fu and run on the top of bamboo plants?' They get the point.

bottom line - you'll get used to it

 

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I've thought about pranking stares, frown and run my hand up in front of my face, change to smile, move hand down and frown, repeat over and over to see if I get a laugh.

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If a Chinese child grows up without one of their parents, kids at school will laugh at them. They will bully them. They will hunt them down after class to steal their money. Parents will do nothing, and going to the bullies' parents to tell them about it will only drag another generation into the conflict.
Chinese seldom say sorry, please, thank you, you're welcome, or never mind.
Locals have not learned any standards of decency in behaviour, that's why everyone is so unprincipled and corrupt.
It's about power. If you are bullied by others, then you pass on the abuse to those that are weaker than you. Unfortunately for them, it isn't that easy to spot people that are weaker than you, when everyone has learned to 'save face' as an anti-bullying survival skill. But wait: Who do I see walking down the road?

""A foreigner, all alone in my country? This is my chance. He is different; he is weak. If he does anything less than polite, he is surrounded by my countrymen. I can deflect any accusations of misbehaviour because I possess the verbal skills; he doesn't.
Filthy lowlife foreigner! Government media tells us how they are to blame for all the problems in China. Come on, laowai, make my day! I have a cousin in the local police station, and an uncle in the government.
Perhaps if I stare you down, it will provoke you to do something impolite. Then I can claim damages. My cousin will arrest you, and won't let you go until you pay through the nose.""

An extreme example, but nonetheless a strong possibility. Be careful ot there, fellow expats. I highly reccommend you have a card in your wallet that reads 凝视是不礼貌 {staring is rude}, as a first line of self defense.

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"...besides the obvious ignorance and sheltered lifestyles of the Chinese..."

 

On the topic of bald ignorance, why would you bother to post such a bland, inane newbie question on a topic that has been covered about a trillion times on various internet forums? Did you just step off the plane?

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Haven't experienced malicious starting, just sometimes I'll see a truckload coming in from the countryside with the windows full of Ch. workers staring at me, even when they are far ahead in the distance they still stare. It seems innocent so it doesn't bother me.

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This will answer your other question also.
People have a natural urge to think and evolve. It is part of human nature.
It has been drilled out of chinese society. Chinese society does not allow new thought or any type of intelligent idea to settle in. So we are seeing the result... perpetual ignorance. Each generation just as ignorant as the last.

Also there is another factor.
Chinese hate themselves. They hate their natural tan skins which is why they bleach themselves silly.
They hate their features which is why they get plastic surgery no matter what. Many young girls whore themselves out to get plastic surgery.

Look at how they view other chinese with slightly tanned skins.

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