Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Manners? We Don't Need No Stinking Manners!
And we don't need no badges, neither!

My friend Jon put a link to an article on his blog and I found myself nodding in agreement as I read it. Just like the story's protagonist, I too find myself turning into a cute female version of The Hulk and muttering angrily at the latest Chinese person who has "done me wrong" (by which I mean, done something that pisses me off in even the slightest). That is something I never did when I first got here. The only difference: it took the article writer 3 years to become so cynical and angry. It only took me six months.

The problem is the culture gap. We get it. But it's still massively annoying. Read the article, and you'll understand my entire life in China. Just one of several reasons why applying to grad school in the States for next year is such an easy choice...

Oh, and just as a note: I have never actually participated in an event similar to the one in the article below, though I wish with all my heart and soul that I had. Also a disclaimer: I do not condone - at least not publicly - the following actions and give full credit, er, I mean responsibility and shame for the (awesome) lesson in manners dished out in this story to BJ. Enjoy!

posted by Rachel @ 2:03 PM  
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