What things can you do in China that you cannot do in the USA?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 29, 2020 06:59 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 29, 2020 07:00 AM

I had worked with a bunch of Workers from Georgia, USA as their translator back in 2013. We had a good time, and some of the things they say are perfect for answering this question.

1. Swastika

One day, we were on the construction site second floor smoking out in the open. And suddenly, an American Engineer fixated on a normal sedan, driven by one of the Chinese contractors, inside of the factory.

He was shocked.

I asked what’s wrong, and he said: “Oh my God, is that seriously a Swastika hanging by the rear mirror?!”

I observed, and yes, there was a “Swastika” hanging by that sedan’s rear mirror. Only, it’s not a Nazi Swastika, it’s a symbol of Buddhism. You can tell that because, it’s made of wood, and it’s on a string of beads, and it looks like this:

Not like this:

I laughed and explained that, No, Chinese are not Nazis; and yes, a lot of people are Buddhists. Still, a big “triggered” moment for the Patriotic American Engineer, who, for a moment, thought that after all his fathers and grandfathers had fought and bleed and died for the free world in the WWII, China ended up pro Nazi. That poor guy! Ha ha.

Evidently, that’s something to remember *NOT* to do if you are in the USA, but not in China. Such symbol is Buddhism and has zero connection to the Third Reich. It’s common in China to use as a decoration in Cars, as a talisman against bad luck, such as fatal accidents.

2. Alcohol

The Americans are very much shocked, that you can buy any kind of alcohol in China anytime, anywhere. No “Last Round” rule like in the USA.

They were also shocked to learn that there is no minimal drinking age in China. You don’t need to have your ID checked to buy alcohol. If you are really a teenager who is determined to get wasted, a “it’s for my dad / uncle” would have been all you need to get through the meddling cashier.

They couldn’t get their brains to wrap around the idea that China does all of that slap on the wrist attitude regarding alcohol, yet still not having the street filled with drunken alcoholics. They have never, ever, seen people, especially the young, drink on the street in open day light, even though there are no law that prohibits them from doing that.

Speaking from my own experience growing up as a teenager in China, I’d be smacked to smithereens should my parents discover that I had been drinking in my teenage years…… And it’s pretty difficult to hide.

In the USA, my Chinese friend went to the Court, because the Campus Police discovered a few empty cans and Whisky Bottles in his room. He was only 3 months to 21. He almost didn’t graduate because of this.

3. Drive like a maniac

The Americans are very much impressed by their Coach Driver. By “Impressed” I actually meant “Terrified”. Cutting off, cutting out, nudging for 2 inches inside a jammed traffic, getting into small slits between other cars that the Americans thought was impossible, the Americans even fastened their seat belts on the coach, and holding on for their dear lives.

I still remember I had an American friend who likes to hang out with us Chinese, he taught me how to drive in the USA, and when he asked me:

“What do you think of American’s driving on the road?”

I answered: “Polite.”

He rolled his eyes, and said sarcastically: “Yeah, right… You don’t know how we drive. We are very rude on the road.”

I smiled and said: “You don’t know how *WE* drive in China. I *DO* think the American drivers are polite.”

One American Engineer told me, he’d been keeping tabs on how many times their coach driver would be classified as reckless driving in the USA. It’s very close to a life sentence in Jail. But miraculously, he’s gotten zero tickets, and zero pull-overs by the Chinese Policemen. All the few Chinese Policemen do in the intersections, were blowing whistles and waving their arms in an attempt to regulate the chaotic traffic, and failing.

Compare that to the FOX’s “heavily policed oppressive country” China has been depicted as… The Americans felt like that they were being fed false information… all these years…

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