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Archive for August 5th, 2013

Hell or Chinese Swimming Pool?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 5, 2013


Wtf is this? What kind of idiot would swim here?

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Pic of Hong Kong

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Koreans More Racist Than Chinese?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 5, 2013


Interesting article, wondering if it is true?

“Koreans are not very tolerant of other races despite their relatively high levels of education and income, the World Values Survey finds according to the Washington Post.

The survey polled people in more than 80 countries to find out who they would or would not want as neighbors. Countries were ranked in seven levels of racial tolerance, and Korea was in the second-most intolerant category.

Some 36.4 percent of Koreans said they would not want someone from a different race as their neighbor. In Japan and China, the proportion was less than 20 percent.”

Link
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/05/20/2013052001160.html

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Racism in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 5, 2013


Good article here”Hatim Shah from Mumbai in India has worked in finance in China for six years. He recalled Beijing’s visa crackdown on foreigners working or living illegally in the city around the time of the 2008 Olympics.

“I was set to move into a house, but when I went with the landlord to the police station to register, he told me I couldn’t live there because the police didn’t want brown people in the vicinity,” he recalled. “My white South African roommate had no problem.” Although Shah believes the situation has since improved, he still feels that “if you are brown here, you are not equal.”

He added: “They assume dark skinned people are doing something dodgy. If there’s a white person in the room, they’d rather speak to the white person.”

Paler skin has historically been prized in China and much of Asia. Even today skin-lightening products remain popular.

“Conversely, darker skin is associated with being a peasant,” said Sautman. “So, if you think peasants are oafish and backwards, you associate darker skin with that.”

Link

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/24/world/asia/china-tinted-prejudice

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