Learning Patience in China | Speaking of China

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  1. Chris Waugh
    Chris Waugh August 23, 2010 at 5:11 am | | Reply

    “those greasy guys standing along the streets hooting and hollering “hello” like you were a porn star on the catwalk,”

    Oh, us guys get them, too. I equate it to being more along the lines of those twits who taunt animals in zoo cages.

    But I must say: Extremely well said. I have travelled, and still travel the same journey. China is very good at knocking the rough edges of us foreigners.

  2. Rose
    Rose August 23, 2010 at 11:38 pm | | Reply

    Patience is not something that comes natural to me, either, and living in Turkey has often awakened resistance because there are many times I feel outside my comfort zone. It’s not that I’m any more or less, it’s just that it becomes highlighted or amplified when I’m abroad. I could have almost thought I wasn’t impatient when I lived in the US, now I’ve learned first hand that’s not true!

  3. Sara
    Sara August 24, 2010 at 1:32 am | | Reply

    I consider my self as a patient person, but there have been several times when I have lost it in China. Only afterwards I remember that I shouldn’t have done it. Living in Guangzhou sure have helped me but there’s still a long way to reach the mei banfa mentality.

  4. Nicki
    Nicki August 24, 2010 at 8:26 am | | Reply

    I’ve had lots of shameful moments too. I think I’m getting better – most of the time!

  5. Brittany
    Brittany August 27, 2010 at 3:47 am | | Reply

    Ha! “The ideal classroom for learning patience.” I must say, that’s spot-on. I,too, am still working on that patience learning curve!
    I look forward to the day when I can peacefully be shuffled from one (insert govt buro/state-owned institution here) to the next incessantly only to get what I’ve been looking for after hours of arguing! =)

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