Chapter 26: Hello, Foreigner, Goodbye, Generosity | Speaking of China

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  1. Elliot
    Elliot February 18, 2010 at 11:28 am | | Reply

    I’m really enjoying musing over your writing. It’s fascinating to read from another woman’s words, some of my own feelings and perspectives. Keep on posting; it’s so worthwhile because you are sharing valid insights and posing worthy questions. We foreign wives have such a connection, but such a confusion, I think, when it comes to summing up our husbands’ worlds…

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your website. I’m definitely looking forward to more from you.

  2. Richard
    Richard February 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm | | Reply

    You know, the people in China is unique in many ways. The perception of a foreigner also applies to people of different nationalities of Chinese decent as well, particularly of Cantonese or Hakka decent who have immigrated out of China over 200 years ago.

    As an American of Chinese (Toisanese to be exact) from Ohio, I am also considered as a foreigner. I also get the feeling I’m in a zoo. I am also stared at for long times. It pretty obvious because the way I walk, eat, drink, communicate, and smile. Basically, the vibe I permeate automatically makes me a foreigner. It’s also because my girlfriend is English, blonde, and blue-eyes, we’re treated together as foreigners. At first it was annoying but we realized that the one of the main causation is cultural differences. Realizing the differences allowed us to have a better understanding of the Chinese mainland culture and its people.

  3. Caroline
    Caroline February 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm | | Reply

    Hello, John & Joss

    Happy New Year even the Spring Festival has passed.

    Will read every posting.

  4. Shannon
    Shannon March 1, 2010 at 1:45 am | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn, I think maybe you came across my blog, tianjinshannon, recently and I just happened to have a co-worker pass yours along to me the other day! It’s very interesting to read your thoughts about Chinese men/Western women relationships as I am about to enter my own. I’ll keep visiting your site! 🙂

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