Chapter 29: An Indecent English Teaching Proposal | Speaking of China

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  1. Priscilla
    Priscilla February 24, 2010 at 3:38 am | | Reply

    Hello Jocelyn,
    I hope you are not sick to death of me visiting your blog almost daily. LOL. I actually came back to leave a comment about your neighbour Zhang only to find that you have added another post about her. I totally agree with what John had said about the situation. My other half said the same thing after reading the first piece about your neighbour.

    I have Chinese heritage and I grew up partially in Asia but Mianzhi is something that I don’t really understand. It makes things too complicating to me. Do you or your husband think that people like Zhang grew up feeling like they lack something and had a strong desire to acquire something to be at par with someone else?

  2. adam
    adam February 24, 2010 at 3:48 am | | Reply

    You had a very interesting neighbour. From your words, I see our life through her life, and our different characteristics.
    It’s always quite happy and joyful to meet different kind of people. Thanks for your sharing.

  3. melanie gao
    melanie gao February 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm | | Reply

    I used to get those requests all the time when I lived in Japan. It didn’t help that I was an English teacher by day so people seemed to think that I wanted to teach in my free time too.

    Now in China it’s different though – I rarely get these kinds of requests. Maybe it’s because I’m married and have kids and seem very busy? Or is it because there’s an English school on every corner nowadays and the prices are very affordable?

  4. Melissa
    Melissa February 25, 2010 at 7:51 am | | Reply

    A few years ago my parents got the opportunity to visit Beijing. They aren’t much of the international traveler type, but they really loved it. They were really shocked by how they were treated in China. They were virtually celebrities there. Young girls were approaching them on the streets asking to practice English with them, they were admiring my step-mom’s pedicured toes, remarking at her blond hair and french manicured nails. They really couldn’t believe how friendly and curious the people were about them. I don’t know if I could handle that kind of curiosity on a daily basis but it was great for them because they really came away from the trip with a love for the Chinese people.

  5. fern
    fern August 1, 2010 at 4:26 am | | Reply

    Lol. It drives me crazy because most get the great idea to learn English, bother you about it for a few weeks and then never contact you again. Chinese people can be surprisingly fickle when it comes to English, especially young girls. ^^

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