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What do you think of Chinese people?

Things I like about Chinese people:

-Hardworking

-Ambitious

-Confident

-Willing to take risks

-Brutal honesty

Things I don’t like about Chinese people:

-They lost their humility. Now they are too nationalistic, they always like to brag about China and how its better than other countries a lot, their cities, their food, their women etc and they get extremely defensive and offended when you say anything perceived as negative towards their country.

-Ironically even though they criticize other countries like USA/Japan/Korea etc all the time they cannot seem to take criticism of their own country well. They cannot seem to accept that their country has flaws. Yes we all know the CCP did some great things like lifting Chinese people out of poverty, but we also have to accept that they made some mistakes, especially in the past in the Mao-era with the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward. Don’t jump down my throat for giving some honest feedback/criticism about your country. And they will inevitably talk about you are ‘brainwashed’ by Western media even though you are being the open minded one here.

-The whole society cares too much about wealth and is too materialistic. And before you say well other countries are materialistic too, no China is on a different level. They judge everyone by their wealth, everything is about money, money, money. How much do you make? What car do you have? You need a car and a house before marriage, and likely an expensive ring too. All this is crazy. You might find *some* Koreans and Japanese and Westerners like this, but definitely they will be in the minority and criticized if they think this way. For Chinese, this is considered a normal way of thinking.

-They think that being patriotic means supporting the CCP. Patriotism does NOT mean supporting the current government. Patriotism means love of your country, not love of the current government of your country. Many Chinese call me a ‘traitor’ because I don’t support the CCP and I say negative things about China. They don’t understand that you can still love China but be against the government. In America, over half the population opposes Trump, the current head of US government. Does that mean they do not love America? You must separate the concept of government from the country. Some of China’s greatest patriots were revolutionaries. Sun Yat-Sen was considered a great patriot, but opposed the Manchurian government in rule at the time. Most of Chinese dynasties were overthrown by someone who disliked the current government in rule. Heck, even Mao Zedong, the founder of the CCP, decided that the current government was not good and sought to overthrow it. Chinese must realize that going against your government does not mean you do not love your country.

-Gender inequality. I hate the BS ‘women hold up half the sky’ talk. If they hold up half the sky shouldn’t they pay for half of everything too? I don’t get why in the country with the lowest gender wage gap, the men still gotta pay for everything. Everything should either be equal and fair to both sexes, or if they insist men pay for everything, then they should do more than men at home or something like Koreans or Japanese women. Otherwise its not equal.

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What do people who are not a K-pop fan think about South Korea?

South Korea is an amazing place to be as a foreigner.

Everything is so convenient and easy to access. Convenience stores are literally everywhere, sometimes even 10 seconds walk from each other.

Seoul is truly is a 24 hour city. If you go to Itaewon at 4 or 5am in the morning, it’s full of people, partying and clubbing etc Gigantic 2 or 3 story cafes and great Korean restaurants are everywhere, and most of them are open until 5am or 24 hours. Clubs are open until 6am and it is literally full of people until then.

Subways are very convenient, and so are buses and taxis, which are not that expensive.

Most Koreans eat out – because the food is not that expensive. Conversely, the supermarkets tend to be much smaller and more expensive than in the West.

Korea is incredibly safe, I mean you see girls wearing the shortest of shorts or skirts walking on the street at 3 or 4am in the morning without a care in the world. If this was the USA…

Attention to appearance and fashion sense – I LOVE that everyone is so well dressed and almost every girl wears makeup and dresses very feminine. So different than in the West where everyone dresses so casually all the time.

Cosmetic stores are everywhere and often very good quality. There’s literally surgery to fix everything. Too fat? too much acne? Eyes are too small? Nose is too wide? going bald? want to never have to shave again? any kind of cosmetic issue can be easily fixed in Korea for a reasonable price.

Service is amazing. I always wait to cut my hair in Korea’s hair salons because you get your hair cut and styled by one (or two) beautiful hair stylists, they give you a great head massage and you get escorted out to the door. No tip required or expected. And price is reasonable.

Lots of couples on the street. (This can also be a bad thing if you are single – it makes you feel more lonely)

You can go to Korean spas at anytime of day and they are almost everywhere. I would usually go there at around 4am or 5am and just soak in the saunas and hot and cold springs. You can even sleep there for an extra fee. I don’t believe you can do this anywhere else.

Most Korean franchises and stores are actually using English names and their menus will be in english. the only websites that are restricted are porn websites. You can use your Visa/Mastercards everywhere. These are especially convenient to a foreigner in comparison to traveling in China.

and just the number of people outside at all times. Coming back to Vancouver or San Francisco, it was like a night and day difference. by midnight in a Western city, the streets are completely dead and all the shops are closed. In Seoul, people are everywhere, in the shops, bars, cafes, alleys etc up until the early morning. I remember taking a midnight bus from Seoul university to Gangnam, its full of people, and seeing 4 girls on the bus that looked like they came out of a model magazine, no one else is paying attention to them, this is just a usual bus in Seoul at midnight and thinking ‘this could never happen anywhere else in the world’.

for traveling of course, Seoul / Korea is amazing. For living – well the work and school conditions are not so great.

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What are your thoughts on the movie Crazy Rich Asians?

I liked it, I guess as a Chinese-Canadian I’m glad to see a Hollywood movie come out that finally portrays Asian men in a positive light. In too many Hollywood movies, Asian girls and Asian men have been portrayed in a dichotomous way with double standards: Asian girls always the hot young beautiful sex fantasy for the white protagonist (see: Lucy Liu, Brenda Song, Jamie Chung, Zhang Ziyi etc) and the Asian guy some nerdy or kung fu stereotype (see: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Ken Jeong, Jimmy Yang the latter two who is coincidentally in this movie).

But for the first time since Bruce Lee’s films back in the 1970s we see Asian men being portrayed in an American movie… looking masculine. The scenes with the abs and topless and stuff is actually a huge barrier breaker more than people realize – how many American films have you seen where an Asian guy has been shown like that? again I don’t think since Bruce Lee. and that was 40 years ago.

The plot itself is nothing special – its typical Korean drama affair – but its the significance of this movie being a Hollywood racial barrier breaker that is the big deal here.

And not just that, but the cast is perfectly cast. All of the main characters more or less resemble who they are in real life. Constance Wu was born in Richmond, Virginia, she is that scrappy Asian American girl who finally made it big in Hollywood with Fresh Off the Boat. Henry Golding is that charming, handsome half-Asian guy who had never acted in any film before. Gemma Chan is a posh, sophisticated goddess who graduated from Oxford – prim and proper just like her role as Astrid. Awkwafina was once an unemployed New Yorker – now she’s a successful actress and music artist and just as quirky and funny as her role here.

These Asian American / Asian British stars lived the American Dream, and I think much more than the actual movie itself, I enjoyed the movie for its significance in bringing Asians (especially for men) back into a positive light once again. No more stereotypical kung fu / nerdy guys.. this proves to Americans (Korean drama fans already know this) that Asian men can be both masculine and sexy and be romantic..