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  • Tahjay
    Tahjay wrote:
    <p>Have you ever had a question regarding foreigners, foreign culture, or society in foreign countries that you just can't figure out. &nbsp;Please, the floor is open to any questions that Chinese folks may have on subjects ranging from our habbits to our ideals, from relationships to business. &nbsp;Lets hear what you have on your mind...<br /><br />&nbsp;</p>
  • Tahjay
    Tahjay wrote:

    hey is it my fault that the us you are referring to is typically what most chinese refer people like you and me to.  Thats probably a good question to ask...Do you care being stereotyped as a 老外?

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

    。。。

    Hahahahahaha ... dont go there .. there has been at least two, maybe three, long threads discussing the "L" word ...

  • Tahjay
    Tahjay wrote:

    Actually the us was merely a way to include any foreigners who were willing to field questions, not a way not make you feel stereotyped.  Don't you suppose there are some thinks we understand better than most native Chinese?  

  • Tahjay
    Tahjay wrote:

    don't feel obligated to answer any questions if you don't want to be considered as one of  "us" then.  I'm sure no one will notice anyways

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

    ...

    (continued) ... hahahaha ... why is this "us" thing so important? why do we (foreigners or otherwise) want to be "caged" in one big unhappy family?

    ... let's not do this, but let's see what kind of questions or fantacies the locals have ...

    ... by the way, us Aussies do keep kangaroos and koalas to guard the house (kangaroos for its karate kick, and koalas for its poisonous sharp claws) and also use crocodiles to travel over water :)

  • N-Die 北京的法国人

    Just need to read the titles of the threads on that website to learn more about "us" 

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    Lao Lee said "stereotypical" when he meant "monolithic." This isn't about whether you should say 老外, 外国人, or 洋鬼子. Most of us don't give a shit about the label. What's irritating is the awful ethnocentrism of dichotomizing everything as either Chinese or foreign, and the imposition of this thread is definitely encouraging that pattern of thinking.

    You've been here long enough to know better. Don't be so naive.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    1.) No. We're not that clever.

    2.) No, but having access to a more developed public education system than the native Chinese population does have its advantages.

    3.) I'm a Beat Buddhist. Fuck money AND faith.

    4.) I believe marriage means living with someone for death.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    3) That's because I just made it up. Gary Snyder and the poets of the Beat Generation adapted a sort of Zen Buddhism (禅), but it's really more of a joke than a real religion. It's certainly nothing like the Pure Land sect (阿弥陀佛).

  • Ataahua
    Ataahua wrote:

    sonic you're a lovely spicy to this site.

    i never can figure out foreigner men's hearts, neither chinese men's O.0

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    I don't even believe that. There is no immortal, indivisible, independent Self. Just knowledge, experiences, and patterns of behavior, and all these things are impermanent.

  • Ataahua
    Ataahua wrote:

    budhism FTW

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    @Ataahua, is that "for the win" or "fuck the world"?

    @Sonic, On the contrary, the Beats just wanted something to justify drug use and casual sex.

  • Ataahua
    Ataahua wrote:

    for me being completely ignored by this new man :PPPPPP

  • Da Fan
    Da Fan wrote:

    foreigner? ahhh...technically, Japanese or Koreans are also called "foreigners" (maybe not "老外") in China, and I think a guy from the US and a guy from...umm...like Bulgaria must be of many differences in many ways, right? In view of that, how can I raise a question~

    Well, if I have to ask at least one question, here it is: "westerners, suppose that (yeah, just suppose), after years (maybe it's never gonna happen), China becomes a democratic country (the CPC's fucking gone), with a 30-40% world GDP, at least equal tech level with the west, and be allied with Japan, a united Korea, and, maybe the ASEAN, half allied with Russia and India, be strategic partnered with Africa and South America, AND, looks not so aggressive, how will you feel? a better world? inferior complex? self-abandoned? be cool? or what?"

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    @Da Fan, Seeing as a more democratic China will most likely be a more equitably socialistic one with or without the CPC, I'm pretty much okay with this scenario.

    America would be a much better place if our politicians couldn't convince us that everyone else is trying to kill us and take our jobs. America was a much cooler place when it was still isolationist and anti-imperialist.

    I can't say much unless I see the road map telling me which rainbows over which I must ride my unicorn into candyland.

  • Da Fan
    Da Fan wrote:

    until now I see little hope that China would become a more democratic country. Questions are who's willing to make such a change, and who's gonna initiate it, and who's able to initiate it and lead it to an happy end. 唉~

    As for America, one thing I'm always wondering is that why bunch of US dudes are seriously or not seriously conducting the so-called "stop buying made-in-china goods" campaign, or call for a raise of tarriff. Do they seriously think that it's gonna work for bringing low-end work back to them? 唉~怎么世界上每个国家,没脑子的人都这么多呢。or it's just because that the US is a democratic country, so that parties need to draw people's attention to the outside?

    还是等着世界大同和anarchism成为主流吧,否则这个世界,斗来斗去没前途。政府,都是他妈的垃圾,没一个例外的

  • Tahjay
    Tahjay wrote:

    Dando and Lao Lee, as much as I appreciate your enthusiasm and participation in this thread, you guys are seriously diverting too much attention away for the topic.  If you guys want to talk about how uncomfortable you are with this kind of thread, or if you guys are displeased by the dichotomizing, please by all means start your own thread and complain about it.  Just don't be a bunch of chumps and highjack the thread.  This guy Sonic seems to understand what this thread is all about.  No matter what you guys keep posting the fact that we are classified as Lao Wai is not going to change because you dont like it.  Get real will you.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    @Taijde, I responded to Sonic's in earnest--you said this was an ask a laowai thread, after all, and since he asked a question about American Pie, I thought I was probably the best candidate to answer, since I'm American, and fucking bored.

    That means that besides criticizing your thread, I contributed to it. So before you accuse me thread hijacking, ask yourself: is that a terrorist, or a freedom fighter?

    Actually, I don't really give a fuck about the distinction. You can go make love to a cactus, for all I care.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    1.) I think the post-9/11 generation is one of the most conservative yet. People only seem more liberated now because they have new ways of expressing themselves (Internet!) compared to earlier generations, so those young people who DO transgress are MUCH more visible.

    Then again, my parents were hippies. They don't talk about the 1970s because they were high the whole time. So I don't really believe in an idyllic time when the men were men and the women were women and everyone called each other sir and ma'am. To me, the old days were even stranger than now.

    2.) Authenticity, although I'll admit it's something of a luxury.

    3.) Nah, 'cuz I'm a Marxist and religion is the opium of the masses. Actually, I don't have a problem with religion. Or opium. I'm afraid I have no pity for the masses, though.

    People don't need to believe in an invisible sky grandpa to behave ethically.

    4.) To a certain extent, yes. But the cowboy myth of the Old West still has its influence--our outcasts are honorable.

  • Dominik
    Dominik wrote:
  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    @Scott, Absolutely true. Marx and Engels certainly were a couple of party animals, weren't they?

  • kö
    wrote:

    老外= always  outside..cant going inside ...lol

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:
    Because foreigners cannot into Chinese.
  • Ataahua
    Ataahua wrote:

    dando some can and can be obsessessed

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