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Good job China. 100 days of xenophobia is what we need, thanks.

Today we called the police because our neighbors were using a hammer drill after the citywide law says they're allowed to. Instead of the police telling the neighbors to stop, the police lecture us on "Inclusiveness, Innovation, Patriotism, and Virtue".

I hope you get your wish... but I don't think it's what you want.
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Boo! At least you'll be taking a holiday soon. You can come and experience other xenophobias :-)
 
Historically the visa/foreigner situation in China always gets a little more tense in the summer. (The summer is not an ideal time to try to extend one's visa, for instance.) And every now and then there is some Nationalist chest-thumping event like the Olympics (when long-term visas were near impossible) or the current changing of the Party leadership, when the propaganda machine puts itself into full Xenophobia Mode. Yet another reason to despise Big Government and it's bedfellow, Rabid Nationalism.
 
Does it usually result in western women getting assaulted by Chinese men outside grocery stores? Does it usually result in foreign women being chased through the streets of San Li Tun and kicked in the face?
 
Well, yes, I have had the joy of more then one physically violent confrontation myself. Fortunately I was able to control my temper in the midst, otherwise I would be in jail..... Not specifically to do with the summer or the Xenophobia of the moment, but some level of what we would call physical violence is considered a normal social interaction here. If one has lived in China for a little while and has not been involved in at least a shoving match, one is very lucky.

And for the record, I have MANY times witnessed the locals beating one another up, including gangs of youth jumping one of their own and stomping them in the middle of the street. More then once. Mainland China is a violent place, just not a GUN-violent place, so people do not usually die as a consequence.
 
Yeah I've seen a few scuffles myself, but from the way Jesse put it it sounds like Caly may have had some incidents recently... I'm really wondering how big an impact the latest round of anti-foreigner sentiment is having, the stuff on china smack sounds very aggressive
 
No doubt at all that recent hysteria will make things even worse then usual. And there is a certain component of Chinese society that thinks they have a right to abuse any foreigner, and they are now being unleashed. Not the best time to be in China if you have white skin. Keep you head low, and if possible, do not hang out in parts of the city where foreigners congregate. That is where the foreigner-haters will also congregate.
 
+Graham Vanderplank this isn't all about my experiences. The report of the girl outside the grocery store was from a friend who knows the victim.

Woman kicked in face: http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/articles/blogs-beijing/expat-life/violence-continues-plague-sanlitun/
Somebody hit with brick: http://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/u2dhq/my_foreign_friend_was_attacked_with_a_brick_by_a/
Your new welcome page: http://english.sina.com/z/20120516foreigner/index.shtml
General harassment: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/24/world/asia/china-foreigners/index.html

No violence has been broughten<sic> on either of us, though.

+Clayton K I don't agree that the foreigner-haters locus is necessarily a point of concern... the fact that they're anywhere is enough to keep me indoors. "Keep your head down" may be reasonable advice, but it does nothing to squelch the sickening sense that my 'kind' of humans aren't wanted/needed in this part of the world. So be it.
 
+David Vorriccelli I don't like it either, but racism is alive and well just about everywhere. It's just that we white folks are used to being on the giving end, not the getting. One could take this experience as a lesson in how Blacks are treated in the USA, Aborigines in Australia, or Native Americans in either Canada or the USA, ie. we now have personal experience in how much it really sucks. In China, Caucasians are the "colored people". Personally, I don't think China is a place that one comes to just "hang out". If one does not have a good reason to keep one here, it is just not worth the hassle.

Just to be clear, I am writing as someone who gets very angry at this racism stuff quite regularly myself. I am no Gandhi and I have not made peace with it.

A long, long time ago I had a friend who was a fellow Martial Artist. He was very dedicated and talented, and a genuinely very nice guy. He came to China to study Mandarin and Martial Arts for a year. After he came back he never practiced again. And never said what had happened to him in China. I am guessing it was not a good experience.
 
yes, and it doesn't help that Chinese culture and Western culture are subtly different in a multitude of ways that we find mutually irritating. It is rather easy to find grounds for conflict.
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