You know you’re settling in to Guangzhou when…

1. You have established game night with your neighbors.
2. Western food gives you indigestion.
3. Your almost-three-year-old inserts Chinese words into conversations at random (but in a way that is true to the meaning of the words and the sense of the conversation).
4. You’ve forgotten what it is like to have a bathtub and a dishwasher.
5. You have no idea why people would ever need a full-sized refrigerator. The extra-large dorm fridge in your kitchen has more than enough space.
6. You decide that blowing your nose into a tissue that you stick into your pocket is just as disgusting as sniffing it in and then spitting it out.
7. You can’t understand why the temperature is hovering in the 70s and low 80s. Can’t it just warm up already?!
8. You refer to rainy days as bad laundry-drying weather.
9. You care more about the balance on your metro card than on your credit card.
10. Your table manners are awful by US and Chinese standards – Chinese-style slurping and U.S.-style use of the table top as an extension of the plate (in China, you don’t eat food or use chopsticks that have touched the tabletop).

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4 Responses to You know you’re settling in to Guangzhou when…

  1. David Cobb, Jr says:


    Gee… it appears as though you are adjusting to life there. That is definitely “a good thing”… I guess. I am used to and certainly NEED SPACE and “amenities”, alluding to your comments on #’s: 4., 5., and 8. …naturally if’in you would call a bathtub, dishwasher, refrigerator, and clothing washer & dryer machines as extras. I don’t, but maybe I expect too much, Dunno.

    I am under the thinking that all these inventions are nice AND needed so ‘we as a people’ can spend our time a bit more productively. But… maybe this time away you are having had a more ‘concrete purpose’ for you. …maybe to give you ‘a dose of gratitude’ for what we have here in the U.S. …again, Dunno.

    “The spoiled Brat”

  2. Andrea Voyer says:

    I don’t think those inventions are necessities. The fridge and the washing machine do make real differences in people’s lives.
    Although modern conveniences are nice, I wonder if the time they free up is really spent more productively or is instead used for unhealthy activities like sitting in front of the television. If dryers and dishwashers were no longer widely used in the U.S. would we see a reduction in the obesity?

  3. David Cobb, Jr says:

    9:00pm EDT; Th.; 4.8.2010


    …so I am going to be more ‘fit & trim’ by doing my laundry ?! Oh Yeah! Gee, maybe doing laundry will even keep me more fit than ten miles a day on my bicycle, also?!

    HA! < (< Funny Cartoon, but a little too sarcastic, at times)

  4. Leila says:

    I hear that, Andrea. You get so used to things that you can’t imagine how else people manage with all the extra stuff. I have to say, even though I’ve been in the US since 1992, I still have culture shock over these things. I still don’t use the dish washer, which Josh just can’t understand. Some habits are just too hard to break.

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