Published: June 9th 2012June 9th 2012
After I posted the blog "Things We Will NOT MISS About Living in China" I got a very rude and racially hurtful comment from a Chinese man living in Harbin, China. I won't use the explicits that he told me but I decided to change the blog to private. It then triggered me to go through our blog to change any blog from public to private that had negative feelings or emotions toward China. Out of 240+ blogs only 5 were changed to private.
As a blogger I have tried to keep a journal of my experiences of living in China and our travels as real as possible so others can see that life here isn't just peaches and roses. But I guess I touched a nerve with a fellow reader as the tensions in China are rising with the upcoming political change and current situations here on the mainland. I have never meant to hurt feelings, be close minded or make generalizations as I feel this isn't a responsible way of living in another culture.
I will say at least the commenter was brave enough to leave his email address so I sent him a "Very Kind" response :)))
This blog is a tribute to China and I hope the same reader reads this entry.
As our time is coming to an end in China here is a list of things I WILL miss about living in China. I started to compile this list on February 27th and they are in no specific order...just whatever came to mind at the time.
• Living so close to destinations that would otherwise add an additional 12 hours to our flight(literally the otherside of the world)
• Amazing street food anytime after dark
• Si ji dou (spicy green beans...YUM)
• Light workload as an Oral English Teacher (max 20 hr workweeks)
• Long Holidays (ie. 8 weeks off for Spring Festival/Chinese New Year this year)
• Playing the foreign card when it is in our favor (ie. don't understand so I will do what I want, within means of course)
• Chinese banquets: men getting wasted on baijou and lots of gong bei's (toasts)
• Everyday being an adventure (will try to bring this back to the USA, in small doses)
• Cheap massages (head, foot and body)
• Cheap hair cuts, washes and styling
• Cheap Doctor/Dentist visits (even if we have to have a translator with us)
• Eating at a Hot Pot restaurant (must find in Portland)
• Countdown on traffic lights so you know when the light will change from green or red
• The kind hearted people who wanted to share their culture and history with us
• Students & Trainees
• Friends we have met in China