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An American in China

China and Their Neighbor

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 11, 2011

The other day I met a guy from Taiwan, or the wayward province, as the Chinese call it. I found him to be energetic, happy and well-spoken. We talked about China, I mean the mainland and Taiwan and their future. What surprised me was how chipper and forthright the man was. Simply put he stated that most people from his homeland would not want to take a step backwards, ie into a repressive regime. I told him that it was impressed upon me that Taiwan is part of China and nothing could change it, he merely smiled.
I then had the same conversation with a good friend of mine and told her what the guy from tw had said. Quickly the conversation turned a bit heated on her part as she told me that chinese are chinese , then she thought about it and said, “unitl they die”.

I really stray from this type of conversation in China as it typically has the same outcome.

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