“A Geek in China” by Matthew Christensen – an Interview | Speaking of China

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  1. Holly Hollins
    Holly Hollins February 10, 2017 at 1:30 am | | Reply

    Interesting read. I’ll have to check his book out. I have a book recommendation. It’s called, “Thinking Through China”. I recommend it to ANYONE that wants to understand the cultural significance and background on how a majority of Chinese people think and behave.

    chapters are based on different cultural concepts such as 孝,面子,乱,和,etc.

    Here is the Amazon link.


    From Amazon’s information on the book: “This innovative book introduces China on its own terms by explaining ten key concepts that frame the way most Chinese people think about the world. Creating a cultural cartography through both text and image, the authors provide readers with a vivid sense of what is uniquely Chinese about China.”

    I had to read this book for my Chinese Studies Capstone class for my undergrad and I rented the book, but bought it right away. After reading it, it helped me understand a lot more about how Chinese think about themselves and the rest of the world.

  2. KM
    KM February 10, 2017 at 1:41 am | | Reply

    Great, so somebody wrote an FAQ for the sexpats I’m so thrilled at this.

    Doesn’t matter anyway. I’ve been teaching English for 6 months and I know more than Chinese people!!!!!!

    Attitude is still quite common amongst the trash that come to China.

  3. Michael Outis
    Michael Outis February 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm | | Reply

    Should be called “The Laowei Loser’s Guide to the Galaxy”

  4. Timo
    Timo February 12, 2017 at 3:27 am | | Reply

    Sounds like an interesting read for people trying to catch up quickly with the Chinese culture and what is all going on there.
    I really wonder about the negative comments, as if all Western people in Asia are trash… sure there are people with that kind of attitude but it is not only the Westerners, same applies to the local as well

  5. KM
    KM February 18, 2017 at 7:34 am | | Reply

    +Timo. Not at all. The problem is there is a massive massive over representation of them in China and Asia overall. Look up Charismaman stereotype it exists for a reason.

    They shout the loudest. They are the most visible. Often due to their social awkwardness that can be seen instantly in the western world. Many are deported all the time. Go to LKF or Sanlutun in Beijing and you can see the trash first hand.

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