Re: Weird Cultural Differences

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@ Brendan: re the lack of queuing: you don’t have to let the “inner demon” out, but you have a right to say something. I usually say “ni mei kan pai dui ma?” (can’t you see the line?). Generally this causes a phenomenal loss of face when said by a laowai (cos even when engaging in the most egregious behavior, Chinese still consider themselves well-behaved and civilised). Usually get 3 reactions: 1. I’m sorry and embarrassed

2.Anger (but they are still humiliated)

3. Pretend to not understand or ignore (but still, that loss of face is almost fatal).

Your inner demon is satisfied, and you didn’t even have to raise your voice. Those few simple words are as powerful as dynamite….