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An American in China

Living and Working in China- Typical Scene

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 5, 2010


I was just walking home from the gym and saw a common occurrence. I saw a middle aged woman walking with her friends. aside from their cheap polyester clothing and greasy hair, they seemed to be like just about anyone else in a middle class neighborhood in the world. My neighborhood is a place for up-scale Chinese and a few foreigners and seems to be an example of China’s new prosperity.
All of the sudden I heard it, a loud

HAAACCCCKKKKKK,,,, SWWWHH SPITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!

I stared to see what no account was hacking up such a disgusting wad of phlegm and shamelessly horking it on the side walk.

Again HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCC SSSSHWWW SPTITTTTT!

It was the one with the greasy hair. Yeah, some middle class lady in China hacking up numerous disgusting loogies and spitting them on the sidewalk. Now let me put this into perspective for you. Imagine your neighborhood, or one like it. Now imagine your mom or another woman of a similar age or slightly younger. Now imagine that woman noisily hacking up phlegm and spitting on the sidewalk…. yeah, pretty ace isnt it?

This is China. The place was nothing but a poor farm country even up to ten to fifteen years ago, the people didn’t even have running water. Now , they get a piece of land, sell it and move in with the middle class but their roots betray them.

Living in China is like living with the Beverly Hillbillies

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