Chapter 80: The Foreign Foreigners | Speaking of China

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  1. globalgal
    globalgal July 7, 2010 at 8:49 am | | Reply

    Ugh, the worst kind of foreigners. The worst kind of people! Good for you for staying.

  2. George
    George July 7, 2010 at 10:40 am | | Reply

    Actually I believe they wanted to harrass you for being with someone of a different race, which is what they would have done back home in the UK, or even here in the US..Groups that advocate banning marriage between whites and non-whites such as the British National Party are popular among a very small but significant part of the population in the UK. Under the current political and racial climate, you will be harrassed or even attacked in place such as Arizona.

    Fortunately, you were in China..and hence no problem!

  3. George
    George July 7, 2010 at 10:41 am | | Reply

    Actually I have seen half drunk white women in Singapore harrass local women who are with white men!

  4. reloaded
    reloaded July 8, 2010 at 1:58 am | | Reply

    sigh.. what idiots

  5. Andy
    Andy July 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm | | Reply

    Urgh, sounds awful.

    George is making a few bold assumptions. They were probably just drunken idiots who got a bit keen when they found out you were American. If they were English, then I can only apologise for their stupidity.

  6. Friend
    Friend July 10, 2010 at 11:47 am | | Reply

    Yeah, there is a little prejudice regarding Americans from other Westerners. Don’t worry too much about it though. Most of those bullies are cowards anyways. It’s also good you had your other half with you.

    There are some places where if it’s mostly men that frequent them, it’s almost a cardinal rule to bring at least another person besides you, preferably a male. Not sure if China as a whole has them, but I know in some parts of Mexico City, you need two males with you.

  7. craig
    craig July 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm | | Reply

    How was the burrito?

  8. CBTW
    CBTW July 18, 2010 at 5:09 am | | Reply

    Well, one thing that most Americans have to realise is that people don’t generally like them. Particularly true if the persons involved are from the Old World, or from some of the many countries which have been raped/invaded/enslaved/messed up by the American foreign policy and the arrogance of their Imperium.

    Sorry love about these “obnoxious hooligans”, but unfortunately the more you’ll travel the world and the more you’ll realise that the American dream has been built at the expense of many, many, many million people. Who eventually try to blast your skyscrapers with airplanes.

  9. Yanzi
    Yanzi July 25, 2010 at 5:09 am | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn,

    This is one of those kinds of stories I hate to hear. As a fellow American who has been around the world (and is now living in China), this is exactly the sort of ridiculousness I despise the most. Kudos to you for staying put; I myself would likely have just walked away in fury, the way mom and dad always taught me to. On some days, I just don’t need to take it.

    I would challenge one of our readers’ assertions “that people don’t generally like” Americans. Most (normal) people actually have no trouble distinguishing between the citizens of a particular country, and the foreign policy of that particular country. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Ever.

    I had the experience of travelling throughout the Middle East in college (sometimes via hitch-hiking). I told everyone who asked that I was from America–to which I often got the enthusiastic response, “I love America!” Sometimes I got something more to the effect of, “Oh, America is ‘jahiliya’ [ignorant, in an Islamic sense]”. Never once did I get anyone openly insulting me as an individual (or for that matter, my country itself).

    The times I have gotten this response has inevitably been in Europe–certain nations of which, I hasten to add, spent the better part of last century upholding their own imperial ambitions at the expense of many, many, many millions in Africa, the Middle East, India, South East Asia, and even China.

    Those you met that fateful night most likely came from industrialized countries and therefore ought not to have borne any resentment. And taking it out on a respectable young lady like yourself! Unconscionable to say the least. And yet you and your husband turned it into something very empowering, and I’m glad. I will continue to read your blog, by the way; keep up the good work!

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