Being a "cultural outsider" means that you don't know how to act and communicate to suit a particular situation in China. You may always find yourself in a difficult situation but not knowing why. You might feel so lonely, isolated and frustrated.
But sometimes, being a "cultural outsider" does not always have to be a discomforting experience. You can turn it to your advantage especially when you don't want to involve too much with someone or something.
Due to my particular experience, I have learnt to be an "outsider" for many years, and I used the opportunity to become an "observer" (no, not like those bold guys in "Fringe") ... however, when one have been observing for a while, it is unavoidable to become
involved at certain stage, and then it could get confusing ...