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Life in China. The only 'gay' in the Village - Part 1    

By Paul Fox
195 Views | 10 Comments | 2/1/2019 2:25:43 PM
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For those of you who are familiar with the hit UK TV comedy show called 'Little Britain', you'll already know the character in the main picture.

If not then I'll quickly tell you. If he's the only gay person in his village, what chance does he have of forming a relationship with another gay person?

In one episode he 'met up' with another gay person, (from another village), who was also the 'only gay in the village'. Needless to say that neither would venture to the other's village because if they did, there would be two 'gays' in the same village.

Stupid; silly; but downright funny!

Have I turned 'gay', haha, not at all, but if you read on, you'll soon understand why I chose the title.

 

I'm now in my fourth year of living and working in China. I took one year off in order to go back to Australia and sort out some family issues, but upon my return to China, oh my, how things had changed........

 

Firstly, all legal documents, (degree; TESOL diploma, etc), have to be notarised by a notary public. (A notary public is a glorified lawyer). So they need to sign and stamp your documents in order to validate them as being genuine.

Then, your signed documents have to be taken to the Department of Trade in order that the notary public's signature can be verified. After that, they need to go to the Chinese Embassy / Consulate in order that the DOT signature can be authorised / verified.

Of course, each step involves a stupid amount of money, but this is what is now required.

On top of that, the Chinese government now want to see a copy of your 'criminal record' - and it must be 'clean'.

Mine isn't. Back in 2011 I was stopped by a badge-wielding power-mad asshole whilst driving my friend's car.

Unbeknown to me, the car's tax had ran-out so it was 'unlicensed'.

I decided to take the matter to court, (as you may do), but back then I was totally unaware that lawyers, magistrates, and police 'officers' all drink from the same cess-pit that politicians do, so I was duly fined $200 and it went on my 'criminal record'.

Now, whilst this may seem trivial to most, to the 'police-state' that controls Western Australia, it seems to be a heinous crime for which I should be locked up and the key thrown away.

Needless to say that a certain particular worker at the local Chinese government in the city I had worked in for 3 years, decided it wasn't 'clean' so they refused to give me a work permit.

I sent an e-mail to West Aus police and they informed me that even if you are caught speeding, and you take the matter to court, if found guilty then it's added to your 'criminal record'.

Thinking I could out-smart them, I asked for a copy of my 'CRIMINAL RECORD ONLY'. Three months went by before I received a response which politely said, -

"We're sorry, sir, but since you have no criminal record, we cannot provide you with a copy of one'

Go figure!

In the meantime, I am refused a work-permit in the city I had been working in for 3 years, (despite my heinous crime going back to 2011), so I had no choice but to seek employment in a province where the government employs people with more than one brain-cell.

That province happened to be the one adjoining the one that seems to employ people that insist black is black, and white is white, and that no 'grey area' could possibly exist, so now I not only have gainful employment, but also a work-permit along with a residence permit.

 

There's only one problem..............I'm the only 'gay' in the 'village'.

 

More in part 2

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#2019-02-01 14:25:26 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

Hmmmm. I can relate to your concerns over a breach of a basic motor vehicle registration lapse somehow making its way onto your criminal rap sheet in Aus, and having that affect your ability to teach English in some parts of China. That would be truly annoying to a great degree.

Maybe this is because I have been going through some mind numbing minor crisis of my own health, and even more emotionally draining crisis of health in my beloved German Shepherd, Hombre, leaving me feeling worn down and braindead, but I am unable to make the connection of "the only gay in town" concept to the problems you have suffered vis a vis getting your teaching job back in China.

Hopefully Part 2 will clear this up for me.

#2019-02-01 14:33:41 by paulfox1 @paulfox1


@JohnAbbot

The 'only gay in the village' aspect of this is revealed in part 2.

I wanted to 'set-the-scene', so to speak, so that readers will understand that the town I am now working in is not where I really want to be. I would much prefer to be back in my previous city, where I had worked for 3 years.

As I say, all will become clear in part 2.

#2019-02-02 14:52:23 by Barry1 @Barry1


@paulfox1

 

"Have I turned 'gay', haha, not at all, but if you read on, you'll soon understand why I chose the title"

 

I understand you're not gay, Paul.  But yet, you've said you're the only gay in town?

My feeling thus is you're the only tranny in town? 

Come on Paul, there's no shame in being a transvestite, right? There but for the grace of God...

 

Shout it out to the world!   (giggle)

 

 

#2019-02-03 16:11:19 by oldghost @oldghost

@paulfox

Interesting or bizarre choice of phrase!

In my case in China I met the age barrier, but undoubtedly bureaucracy is a fine art

#2019-02-04 16:36:28 by paulfox1 @paulfox1


@oldghost

Bureaucracy I can handle. Assinine stupidity I can't.

Despite my 'crime' going back to 2011, the same government department had issued me with a work permit in 2015, 2016, and 2017, yet were now refusing to.

Had I not gone back to Australia then I'm pretty sure it would just have been a simple case of renewal.

Going back to Aus meant I had to start over with the new process.

@Barry1 had a similar problem when he also went back to Australia. Applying again for a job in China was fruitless because he was 'too old'. Had he stayed in China then again, he could just have renewed.

I know a teacher in a high school who has been there for several years. He's now into his 60's and, with the help of his school, he has been told he can remain here until he's 65. Should he go back to his home country before then, he would not be able to return.

#2019-02-04 17:44:36 by paulfox1 @paulfox1


@Barry1

"Come on Paul, there's no shame in being a transvestite,"

Barry; sweetie; honey, I know you're particularly proud of your black evening-dress, but please don't judge my standards by your own.

You seem to forget that I live in China. It's difficult enough for me to find a pair of shoes that fit, and when the temperature in my QTV (quaint TINY village) dropped to minus 4 degrees, and I had to buy a coat because jumpers just were'nt 'doing it', I lost count as to how many stores I went to before I found one big enough.

Therefore, buying a suitable dress is going to be impossible.

In the meantime, don't forget to send me that pic you promised me - you know a pic of that nice little pink 'number' you treated yourself to at Christmas. (rofl)

#2019-02-06 15:16:16 by Barry1 @Barry1


@paulfox1

 

"@Barry1 had a similar problem when he also went back to Australia. Applying again for a job in China was fruitless because he was 'too old'. Had he stayed in China then again, he could just have renewed."

 

Now you tell me, Paul!   :o

 

 

#2019-02-06 16:05:48 by oldghost @oldghost

I took a small blanket with me last trip (Nov-18) and in the South, Dali and Chongqing - it was essential.  In the north heating cut in, thank goodness.
When I returned to the south, Xiamen, scarf, knitted cap, thick trousers were all discarded - too much luggage

#2019-02-08 00:00:38 by newbeginning @newbeginning

Paul, unless you are a man of extreme height and girth or have massive feet beyond size 12 I do not understand how you could not find a coat of correct sizing nor how you have problems finding shoes. Now the XL sized condoms I need do not exist in China so that I do find extremely inconvenient. lol

 

NB

#2019-02-08 13:16:24 by paulfox1 @paulfox1


@newbeginning

Your comment may be true in larger cities such as Shanghai or Guangzhou, but I spent 3 years living in a QLV (Quaint Little Village), and now I am in a QTV (Quaint Tiny Village).

There are a total of 6 'supermarkets' in my QTV, none of which sell butter or cheese. I have to take a 90-minute bus ride to the nearest town in order to buy such 'luxury items' as these, plus vodka or bourbon, etc.

As for condoms, I used to have the same issues as you so I decided to fix the problem once and for all.........I never use them. (happy)

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