When people ask what it’s like living in China (and they do, often), sometimes, I find I am stuck for words. Phrases come to mind like, “It’s challenging”, “I feel conflicted”, and the one consistent phrase I always think but never actually externally leaves my body to project is, “[Bleep] China, I love you”.
A dear friend who recently visited me in her thick South African accent just kept describing Shanghai as a “juxtaposition”. She really hit it on the head. So, nine months of living here, nine juxtapositions.
- The sometimes slow internet, that sees 650M mobile internet users throughout China.
- The volume at which (actual polite) conversations between locals occurs. Voice projection is sometimes at an all time high, but the conversation is usually about their day, their families, the community, a general chat.
- The fame generated from live streaming oneself, sitting at your work desk, eating an apple. 90% of broadcasters are female millennials – it is not uncommon in China for someone to earn a comfortable living being minor internet celebrities. (more…)