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An American in China

Chinese and Poor Hygiene

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 12, 2013

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China, as we all know, is one vast, filthy pit. From its air pollution to its lead poisoning, China has earned a worldwide reputation as the Goliath of health hazards. However, Westerners visiting China for the first time are often unprepared for a different sort of dirtiness: poor human hygiene.

When Americans complain about their countrymen’s plebeian habits, they do so with a sense of hyperbole, because even the most elitist misanthrope recognizes that at the end of the day, the average American commoner will adhere to basic Western standards of cleanliness and decency.

Chinese commoners (i.e., peasants and migrant workers) are an entirely different story. With their overflowing hole-in-the-ground toilets and public spitting habits, they horrify international travelers with their cavalier disregard for Western manners and hygiene. And since they comprise the majority of the Chinese population, they are unavoidable. Americans who joke about hating commoners learn very quickly in China that hatred for plebeians can be a very real thing.

Here are a few blogs detailing some unsavory Chinese plebeian practices:

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