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shameless Post time: 2012-5-11 12:49
I still say so, after a while they got to know me and respond accordingly...
then again, Chin ...
honestly, foreigners are much better people at their home country
Well, after living for a while in China you take the habits of the people. If I wait quietly to be served at a restaurant I will never be waited on, I'll have to yell a loud "fu yuan" to get what I want.
If I do not push in the metro I won't get out (or in). If I am not careful and don't speak up people will skip the queue. So I dare say, yes, I am a much well behaved person in France than I am in China (I don't really like the word "better" in this case).
Let me tell you a true story that happened to me. It was in december 2006, I was in Paris on my way back to Shanghai (already spent a year in Shanghai) and in Paris Airport I met with a nice Shanghai man. He was elegant, polite, civilized, he helped an older French woman with her luggage, offered a family with children to skip the queue in front of him (he spoke perfect French). We hit it off and decided to sit close to one another in the plane and we really had a good time during the trip. When we arrived in Shanghai, the first thing he did off the plane was to light a cigarette on (inside the airport), he was yelling loudly on his phone and running around and pushing people when going through immigration. I was really surprised and I told him honestly "why do you behave like an ass when you were so polite and civilized in Paris ?". I think I will always remember his reply : "because here I can behave this way".