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Meeting other laowais

Posted by simonpettersson November 3, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

So I'm a bit curious. This is for you non-asian looking people living in China. When you line up at the supermarket or walk down the street or get on a bus and you see another obviously non-Chinese person, what do you do? Is there a knowing glance exchanged? Do you strike up a conversation (the same 20 questions you're always put through by the Chinese?) and if so, in English or Chinese? Or what? Is there a laowai "kinship" or do you just treat them like Chinese? I expect you see other foreigners pretty much every day in Shanghai, but maybe not so often in other parts of the country.

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