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      • Getting stared at in China 2017-8-18 14:34

        Swifty55: I am a white citizen of the United States and now live retired in China. In a country as populated as China there are many Chinese who have never seen ...
        Thank you to everyone who has commented, I enjoy reading all the different experiences.

        Swifty55 - I too understand the curiosity that Chinese people have towards me and other foreigners. However, the world has become far more globalized since you or I were children. Like I mentioned in the article, it is not simply taking a picture 'with' me. Rather, they often take photographs 'of' me, as they would an animal in a zoo. I am aware this staring has become the norm in China, but I wanted to analyze and critique this phenomenon (that is often entrenched in ethnocentrism) in hopes that there could be some positive change or awareness.

        Everyone reacts to these experiences differently. It can be hurtful and isolating to groups who have lived with micro-aggressions, while others do not mind/or are not sensitive to it. We should respect everyone's perspective and attempt to understand where they are coming from, rather than tell them how they should feel about a very personal experience.

      • Getting stared at in China 2017-8-17 16:18

        I am a white citizen of the United States and now live retired in China. In a country as populated as China there are many Chinese who have never seen a foreigner in person. It is natural to stare at something you have not seen before. When I was a child and would walk near a black or Mexican area the kids would stare at me.Never bothered me in the USA. I think it is nice when they ask for a picture with you. It should not bother you if you appear different then a Chinese when they stare It is normal.

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