Cultural and national stereotypes: sometimes funny, sometimes bigoted, sometimes misinformed. But always fascinating to see things from another perspective.
I live in Hong Kong for starters. I always felt in between the “East and West.” I don’t feel comfortable anywhere except places that are more or less Eurasian culturally, which is only here and Macau. For those of you know about this part of the world, then you’d get me:
- We can’t speak English.
- However, since we’re all Asian, that automatically means we can speak Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, etc. with no problem.
- We all look the same.
- We live under $1000 GDP per capita.
- We kill our newborn daughters (yes, I’ve gotten that before!)
- We’re all Communist, have memorized the Red Book, and love Mao.
- We still go through arranged marriages (yes, I’ve gotten that before!)
- We only eat rice and don’t know how to use forks and knives.
- We’re actually Japanese.
- We are materialist opportunists (wait, that’s true… ;))
- Hong Kong is in Japan.
- We hate all things Japanese.
- We have no understanding of European culture and nuances.
- It’s a huge concrete jungle, a neon-lit metropolis. True, but we also have places of great natural beauty.
- Life in Hong Kong is like a Wong Kar-Wai movie.
- We know Confucian teachings by heart.
- We fight like Jet Li, who is one in a 100 million.
- We’re all spiritual and wise and stuff. I invite you to rush hour in downtown Hong Kong!
- We live one with nature and the Tao… and stuff.
- And the most frequent one: We all eat dogs!
That’s it for now…
I can’t wait to hear about Belgian stereotypes