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Originally from Seattle, USA, I've lived in China for 27 years now, 22 of them in Taiwan. For those 27 years I have been teaching English to Chinese people of all age levels; kindergarten, primary school, junior high, high school, College, University and many business managers. I have traveled to many countries, enjoy cycling very much, enjoy reading and studying and love Chinese Art Museums and walking through Nature. My favorite musical instruments are 古筝。。 古琴 。。 琵琶。。 二胡 。。 笛子 。。 (guzheng, guqin, pipa, erhu, dizi).
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Newly Arrived foreigners being Shocked    

By WarmLife
1548 Views | 3 Comments | 5/13/2016 1:10:48 PM

I have received enough suggestions ... I write too much and too long and with too much fluff....  Hopefully this is better ..



I teach at a well known Middle School/High School in Gz.  It is not located in central Gz either.  The Gz airport is more than several  hours up to 3 hours by Gz Metro.  When incoming foreigners arrive in China to teach at this school ... well .. uh... um... they usually are "shocked" by the actual location of this school.   I have listened to more than several tell me -- I was going to quit the next day!  The school is somewhat isolated in their thinking.   Thus, it appeared to be ... out in the countryside.   In the last 2 years there has been huge development of residential areas!!     Last several years the foreigners would take the bus, walk or take what i call a motorcycle taxi to the nearest small town ... which is 5km to the nearest McDonald's.  The foreigners are disgruntled by several or more frustrating situations.  I am not going to write much about these situations because there will likely be complaints on both sides of the proverbial fence.  Therefore, I will simply write ---  After seeking yet another way to build up my guanxi (networking.. connections ... relationship in the working or social arena ) I decided to volunteer to help these newly arrived foreigners from "freaking out" or getting very annoyed or very frustrated in the beginning of their teaching at this school.   Actually, I continually tell foreigners --  If you really wish to be more happy living in China -- then find ways to make Chinese people more happy ---  this will NOT bring about any Magical change to living in China ... nor will the Chinese suddenly become more Westernized to fit your previous lifestyle or preferences for daily living .   Behave as friendly as possible --  Work hard to help everyone create a healthier more enjoyable working environment ... 



   Why?  How?   If you are a foreigner reading this --- then Welcome to Chinese hospitality .. (yes I am talking about my social behavior --- )  if you are a Chinese reading this --- then Welcome to Western hospitality  ...  without the ethnocentric social behavior ... both sides can seek healthy social opportunities to increase the cultural awareness of each side ... leading to more fruit being harvested at the appropriate season.   


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#2016-05-13 13:20:53 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

I am a little surprised that people coming from around the world to teach at a Chinese school would be shocked by the school's "rural" location. I guess it is just me, but I think I would have been pleasantly surprised to find the school to be a little rural instead of parked smack dab in the middle of Guangzhou with all the smog, noise, traffic and human insanity that one finds there.

Your description of the school you teach in and the location of the school really piqued my curiosity to be able to visualize the setting, which made me ponder why you don't post some photos with your blogs. I would have loved to been able to refer to a photo or two of what you were describing. Just a thought...

#2016-05-13 21:12:56 by WarmLifeGz7 @WarmLifeGz7

@JohnAbbot Ok I will try to do this ... I have many Wechat photos .. 8)(happy)

#2016-05-14 00:27:12 by paulfox1 @paulfox1

I share John's opinion. If it is so 'remote' then why is it so well-known?

Sadly, our pathetic 'industry' is littered with 'dancing monkeys' who call themselves 'deechers'. Most of them wouldn't know the difference between a 'preposition' and a 'proposition' and think that 'Grammar' is the woman married to Grandad'.
Yet you are surprised at their surprise at being out in the 'sticks' when they eventually end up in China, only to serve the purpose of correcting pronunciation.

Really? One school I know has just employed a South African deecher. After he went to 'pork his core' and buy some 'bidding for his bid', he attempted to embark on his first lesson.
I lived in Australia for 15 years and worked alongside many 'Sith Iffricuns', (known as 'Yarpies' in Australia due to their reputation of saying 'Yar' instead of 'Yes'), and I couldn't understand a word of what this guy was saying.

Nevertheless, he was 'deeching' ESL students how to 'prenunce propuly'

What a joke !

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