Restaurant visit, Karaoke, check your eyesight in bookstore and racism in China

MONDAY:

On Monday I had another class with my four Chinese teenagers. This time we talked about sports and hobbies. Everybody has different hobbies but they all enjoy karaoke. Karaoke in China is way different than in west. Chinese don’t go to bars or pubs to get wasted and start singing. They rent private rooms where they go with their friends. There’s computer, screen, speakers and microphones. It’s normal to go to karaoke either with punch of friends or just with one friend. I hope I gonna see it in live some day as well!

After finishing work on Monday the air seemed to be a bit polluted and I didn’t have mood to go to some local place to eat another plate of rice with veggies, so we decided to check out the hotel restaurant next to our home. The place was nice but food wasn’t anything special. In fact I like the street food much more. So much about fancy hotel.. from now on I’ll keep discovering local places to get the best food experiences!

In hotel restaurant
In hotel restaurant
Super yummy mushrooms with garlic, onions and spices
Yummy mushrooms with garlic, onions and spices
Vegetarian dumplings what were full of meet. Wouldn't say these were the best ones.. quite tasteless from outside and weird meet inside.
Vegetarian dumplings what were full of meat. Wouldn’t say these were the best ones.. quite tasteless from outside and weird meat inside.
Hotel lobby
Hotel lobby

TUESDAY:

Tuesday started with teaching English to some nice hyperactive kiddos. This time I showed them “Hey apple, hey apple, hey apple … knife!!!” video from Youtube and seemed like they loved it.

After kiddos class it was time to go and support Lucy in kindergarden. All the kids are super cute there but it’s just crazy how much they can shout and run around. Well at least they have learned some words in English. Success!

After English teaching, Chinese lessons and internship tasks, we biked to centre with Alex to get glasses for him. Another cool experience. Eyeglass shop was in the middle of huge bookstore. Quite smart and funny way how to connect those two. Getting glasses was much easier than in Estonia and Denmark. It took us 5minutes to choose nice frames, another 2minutes to choose the glass material, then around 5-10minutes to check Alex’s eyesight and then we were waiting for 20minutes and the glasses were ready. So easy and besides that also super cheap! All together it was less than 200yuan (approx. 200dkk/ 25euros).

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Alex looks pretty cool with those glasses, right?!
Alex looks pretty cool with those glasses, right?!
Regular canteen for dinner and Alex with brand new glasses. Cool, right?!
Regular canteen for dinner and Alex with brand new glasses. Cool, right?!

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Endless choice of yummy food!
Endless choice of yummy food!

TODAY (WEDNESDAY):

Funny story but once again China reminded me Tanzania.. the power was off for the whole day in one part of XIantao. At least the language school had generators so I didn’t need to suffer the heat for more than one hour.

Today I had another class with Sky, Judy, Mark and Robbert.Today’s topic was racism and emigration. I guess I chose a bit too hard topic for them. I tried to hold up the conversation but they had hard times expressing themselves.

In their opinion there’s no racism in China. They think that Chinese are quite tolerant to the foreigners including Blacks.

The real situation in China seems a bit different to me. I haven’t really experienced racism here but as I read from many articles and heard from Alex, Chinese prefer Whites and might be quite racist against Blacks. Here’s the video what I found from 2011.

After watching this video the teenagers also agreed that actually some Chinese might be a little bit racists. They all said that non of their parents nor friends are racists and they would’ve definitely voted for the dark skinned girl if she really had the best voice. They also agreed that maybe there’s more racism in bigger cities but definitely not in the small places like Xiantao.

It was cool to hear though that most of them knew different examples about racism from the world.. from EU, Australia etc. I guess my four students are quite smart and they have much larger view about the things out of China than I expected.

Overall opinion was that they are all against racism and they hope it will disappear from the world some day.

True story! Be more like panda!
True story! Be more like panda!

2 Replies to “Restaurant visit, Karaoke, check your eyesight in bookstore and racism in China

  1. I have actually been in China so long that it took me a while to understand that an eyeglass store in the middle of a bookstore, grocery store, etc is actually odd in most places!

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