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Oh Beijinggirl, please don't be afraid to talk to people!!! And living here, among all races, I can say I have NEVER heard of blacks being worse than whites to asians. Just like anywhere, people are all different. Imagine I come to China - some people will be friendly, some will be rude, some will just ignore me, and some will try to cheat me. There are all kinds everywhere, I hope you see that when you come. |
I would say, to be honest, the only reason you may feel rudeness from americans is IF you come upon the ones who are not very patient with hearing other accents. For instance, if a stranger with an accent asks me a question, I will try to "hear him" and ask him to repeat himself if I don't understand, etc. But someone like my dad might be frustrated that he can't understand and just look annoyed and tell you to go ask someone else or say he doesn't know. If that happens just smile and say thank you and go ask someone else.
In China I asked 4 people where something was before I got a good answer that I understood - one woman waved me away and kept walking, she looked afraid of me! Two others pointed in opposite directions!
But especially in SF there are SO MANY DIFFERENT kinds of people, you can't imagine! I can't wait until you see!! It's a very diverse and tolerant city, I lived there for almost a year. It's the best place for you I think, especially if you're afraid of strangers. And it has the oldest Chinatown so there are lots of asians there, strangers will probably just think you live there, they won't even know you're from China, really!!
Come to think of it, I'm so glad you're going to SanFranciso, I KNOW you'll be pleasantly surprised. Just take a walk in Golden Gate Park and start conversations with people, you'll see, you will not regret it! Walk through the whole park until you get to the end, at the shore, it's a beautiful view, you can sit on a rock and see the waves crashing on the rocks, and look out and imagine that China is ALLLLLLLLLL the way across there! Someone on the shore of China is looking across the same ocean!
Through the park you may see someone flying a kite, and people walking dogs, stop and ask if you can pet them, and people with children playing. Many Americans think it's very interesting to meet someone from another country and if you say right away you're visiting from CHina, many will ask what it's like there, etc.
Oh, if you're going across the country you MUST see the Grand Canyon. Absolutely, don't miss it. Leave a whole day to just sit and look at it.