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Post time 2014-7-3 14:23:10 |Display all floors
It doesn't bother me at all.  Most of the time it comes from people who are not used to seeing foreigners and are curious.  It is rarely said with bad feeling (of course any term said with bad feeling is not okay!).  To be honest, I prefer it over the term "expat" which reeks of colonialism in my mind.  I am often referred to as "waiJiao" by young children. Sometimes a child will ask me if I am really a "laowai" as if they don't actually believe there is such a thing.  Chinese tend to be more blunt in their use of descriptive terms (says the "fat grandfather").  It is not the worst name.

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Post time 2014-7-3 18:10:30 |Display all floors
Laowai = foreigner in term of China peoples.

Direct tranlate 老外 = old foreigner

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Post time 2014-7-8 17:43:20 |Display all floors
老外=laowai (old foreigner) does not have the slightest connotation of disrespect when addressed that way.  To the Chinese the world 老 (old) is used often for friends to express their respect and closeness in relationship for some ones like 老张 (old Zhanag), 老李 (old Li) etc.  It is roughly the same as calling a stranger  mate in Australian culture .

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Post time 2014-7-10 02:21:21 |Display all floors
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Post time 2014-7-10 11:18:52 |Display all floors
it's not the term that bothers me, it's hearing it 20 times a day as I walk down the street. having people next to you bus point and say Laowai is pretty annoying. this didn't happen much in Beijing but move to a smaller city and it is just constant. if I called someone 'Foreigner' in Australia I would be called racist. why is it different here?

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Post time 2014-7-12 17:06:34 |Display all floors
It was a face-palm moment when I read TED yelling back "Lao Zhong"...

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Post time 2014-7-20 00:11:42 |Display all floors
It gets ld to be called "laowai" all day long in the streets of Liaoning Chaoyang. It's endemic to small towns.

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