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What's wrong with China
I am a British National and a Hong Kong National living in Shanghai, China. I am Eurasian. Half Chinese and half English. I have lived in China for nearly four years. Although I have a foreign face and most Chinese think so, I view myself as an observer. Perhaps I don't have any right to say what I'm about to say, because I grew up in England and had a classical education. My school was alot like "Harry Potter", except it wasn't magic. Actually it was like living in the 17th century. I was born in Hong Kong and left with my mother in 1968, when I was five. At that time I could speak: Shanghainese, Cantonese and English fluently; I could even write in complex Chinese. Unfortunately, I have lost most of my Chinese language. So I write this mostly, from a foreign perspective and from a person who grew up until five years old in Hong Kong. |
In my view the things that are wrong about China now, are small things, however, if you have ever experienced a wooden splinter in your hand or under your nails, you will know what I'm talking about.
China is a country with many levels of people. It's vast and has different levels of educated people. The problems caused by this differentiation are that some people simply do not understand how to behave, causing others to feel pain, anxiety and discomfort.
e.g. People in China often ride their bicycles on the path; mopeds too when you are walking towards them. They park their bicycles in doorways, where everyone has to enter and exit.
People in China often walk directly into you when you are walking on the path and turn sideways to avoid you at the last moment, even though there is plenty of space on the path.
People in China often disregard traffic rules e.g. red lights.
People in China often try to push their way into an elevator, just as you are trying to get out.
People in China often rush into a Metro train and push everyone aside, just to get a seat.
The government in China has allowed People in China, driving a car, to go through a red light when turning right at the same time as people are allowed to walk across the road.
The government in China has allowed People in China to go through a red light when they are riding a bicycle or moped making it difficult for pedestrians to cross the road, completely.
Taxi drivers often cut in to traffic queues at the junction of traffic lights. This would be considered cheating in most countries. The response in England would be violent.
The general point is that most people in China do not know how to behave or have never been taught road usage.
I agree these are small things but there are many more examples which give a bad example to foreign eyes.