By: Daniel Otero
Oh, when they come and they’ll certainly come in the drones of humanity… The good with the rubbish…
Most [foreigners] do come to work hard, learn about China and its culture.
Then, there’s the distinctive minority, unstable to say the least. These foreigners whom can’t cope in their own land, not interested in doing nothing, being in ‘lazy town’ all day and around the pub. Whether they are former or ever present drug addicts and alcoholics whom come here to do the same, but not to progress.
These foreigners arriving in China, and to do what… Well, that’s a tricky answer, since I thought we were here to learn about the Middle Kingdom’s ancient culture, language, gain experience in our work, taste all the intensity of different ethnic foods and travel to as many cities as possible.
And in truth, isn’t traveling to broaden the mind?—as Mark Twain would say.
Maybe it’s ‘my’ state of mind, but coming from immigrant parents and lacking in opportunities, it made me work harder and want to learn more about countries and people from all over the world.
I always thought getting cultured was greater than getting useless, repetitive and cheap information from foreigners at the local bar.
Believing that a pub can be like a ‘Seventh-heaven’ or center of culture. For my impression of a public house consisted in people dancing, listen to music, exchanging in poetry, philosophical discussions, ideas and a local band to party the night away. This same place could offer excellent food and the typical weekend brunch.
But as usual, the answer was the same, a quick ‘nay’.
Instead, what I’ve gathered from the scenes – and all over China – are those who barfly and waste their time and that of others on sad-stupid conversations that go nowhere.
These whom speak loudly, waste away their earnings and do nothing for China. They only speak when it’s to criticize on the negatives of this country which has harbored them, and can’t find a decent, positive or objective thing to say about the people and culture.
What a pity to find those who may rather be stuck in a bar than enjoying the multiculturalisms of China. I thought we were here to develop and do something more with our lives, I guess I was completely wrong!
It continues to amaze me how some foreigners, including some of my compatriots [Americans by the way] don’t respect the country or culture they live in. They would rather be drinking away the rest of their lives than engrossing and touring the land in which they reside.
Often I’ve been criticized on how I teach in an untrammeled way. And it’s honestly at the disposition of my culture.
However, when it comes to China and being part of it, I’m traditional [in a Chinese way, of course] and believe in doing as well as saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do!”
Take these opportunities and don’t take them for granted. Since one day, this’ll all end and the majority of us will go home. What we take – I hope – are the memories to and fro [in education and experience] all over China and not the ones given by the international barflies at the pub.