Catégorie : customs

Learn how the one-child policy may affect your life as a foreigner living in China. From names children may call you, to pregnant women at work

When most Westerners hear about Chinas famous (or infamous) One-Child policy, they are taken aback, disgusted, and wonder how a country could impose such a harsh control over its population. Before I came to China, I thought this way. Now, I support the policy, and many of my friends do as well. China currently has a 1.3 billion population, and if not for the one-child policy (introduced in 1978) the numbers would undoubtably be higher. Also, the current situation of the law isnt as strict as most uninformed people would believe. Urban residents are (more or less) strictly subjected to the one couple to have one child The exception here is if the mother and the father are both only children. In this case, they may have 2 children Rural residents may have a second child if the first born is a girl Members of ethnic minority groups (like Tibetans, Uyghurs) are either permitted to have more than 1 child, or are completely exempted from the rule. Today, the China government released a statement confirming the continuation of the One-Child policy, despite different types of criticism from various groups. They predict the population reaching 1.39 billion by 2015 and then stabilizing there. There are many articles talking about the impact the policy has on culture, healthcare, economics, etc., but Id like to touch on some issues foreigners may come...

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Do people tip in China? Find out where to tip, and the customer service situation in China.

In the United States, it seems like we are always tipping people. Eat out at a restaurant, leave a 15%-20% tip Get a drink at a bar, add $1 Take a taxi, give him a 15% tip Thats not even taking into account baggage carriers, baristas, newspaper boys, and delivery drivers. Its so complicated that theres even websites that can guide you through this morass. Oh, and not to mention special tip calculators on mobile phones, and cheat sheets you can get for your wallet. After living in China for two years, I find it extremely confusing when I come back home to Ohio and it seems everyone is wanting a tip. In China this is not the case. Tipping in China is actually not a thing. In China, there are no tips. You read right, no tips. This doesnt mean that in some cases a tip is expected, or that for exceptional services tips are usually given. In all cases, there is standard no tipping ever. Now, this is not to say that Ive never tipped anyone. Its just that tipping is never expected. So, when you do tip someone, youll be surprised at their reaction. Sometimes they are grateful, confused, and occasionally even taken aback. As youll soon notice after living in China for a few weeks, the service is notoriously poor. Servers at restaurants need to...

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You’ll want to know about Chinese custom before you go to any Chinese persons’ house.

In China, you soon notice that nobody wears their shoes inside their homes. The streets and sidewalks in China are really dirty. By wearing your shoes inside your house, you’re not only tracking in dirt and dust, but most likely remnants of garbage, food, spit, and other non-desirable human byproducts. So needless to say, people dont usually want to track all that into their homes. So, whenever people enter their houses, they kick off their shoes, and put on house slippers. In summer, these are slip on sandals, and in winter, they tend to be warmer, fuzzy slippers. Its a strange custom when you first get to China, but after a week, you find yourself taking off your shoes every time you get home, or go to a friends house. Another reason for wearing slippers is the the floors build up this phantom dust. Chinese air is dusty at times, and if your windows are open for long periods of time, this dust builds up on the floor. It only becomes noticeable when, after spending hours in the house in bare feet, you either feel the buildup of stuff on your feet, then look disappointingly at the soles of your feet, which are now black or brown. Finally, when you go over to someone’s house or apartment, always take your shoes off as soon as you enter the door....

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