At 6/16/07 05:39 AM, Sarai wrote:
At 6/10/07 06:27 AM, deslona wrote:
I disagree. I was born in the North of China.
It IS hate, resentment too. At least it is here in AnShan and the north of China.
I know Shenyang.... Still haven't been there :S
I don't believe that is true. These perceptions are not fostered in Chinese culture, schools or University, such perceptions must be coming from a more Western background if they are true.
If that is true I have no idea where or how it got brought to here - in terms of media, or other things. This is just racism. And it is common for Chinese people to be 'this'. It isn't taught in the school or the education system. But it is from the parents. And that is a fact. Where the parents get it from (if not for their own reasons) is beyond me.
The simple fact is that there are not many people of white, black or other backgrounds in China outside Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing etc, as such they are objects of interest when seen.
There is truth in this - but what I am seeing here is a targeting of the black people. The people who are fair skinned have a form of 'superiority' of perception. We are from 'rich' countries and therefore are rich ourselves.
The typical Chinese family reaction of 'You can't marry a non-Chinese' is the same whether that person is black, white or what-ever. It is not a particular racial background of people, it's just a mild form of Xenophobia. Totally understandable in the context of numerous Invasions from both the East (japan) and the West at multiple points in history.
I wasn't talking about marriage, but maybe we can later. I was talking about walking down the street. It is xenophobia.
But as an example of this; I was in a restuarant as I normally go on fridays to get lunch with a man called David. David is from Nigeria, and is of course - black. In this resturant a xenophonbic girl was ordering at the counter too. She turned and saw David (who was standing there for awhile) and she hurried away.
David felt uncomfortable at this and told me that we should go. On the way out there was a Chinese man and he just kept staring.
Not on this ocassion but sometimes it spills to glares and words.
I was continuosly stared at today while eating BBQ by a man, I was in a good mood so I just waved after the 3rd minute.
Nothing is wrong, many African countries do speak English from birth. Examples include South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Niger, etc. English is not a 'native' language in any real sense around the world. It is a global language.
While your argument is true here. That is not the opinion of the people (parents) here in north China. And those are the ones that pay for the classes. And my opinion is most of these people who have English as a second language are not really up to standard to teach above primary school.
And after speaking to most of these people - they are here for the wrong reasons (any skin colour).
That said I just managed to get a new contract to work here for another year :D
It was hard to find something in the same city but I got it!
I am very happy about this. As I really DO like it here. Despite what you may read in the posts.