White Canadian living in China for 10 years doing a variety of jobs. Was asked to do an AMA.
In this thread I made a comment about how I felt one of the weirdest things in China is how girls pretend to be 12 years old to get guys, AKA: SaJiao (撒娇) and got a pretty huge response. Mostly good though some accusing me of making up sajiao which is hilarious as it's a huge part of Asia's dating culture but to each their own. I also have 5 or 6 people ask for a ama, so here I am.
Anyway, I'm 32, came to China at 22 to travel and learn a new language/culture. Fell in love with many aspects of China (teaching, traveling, good work week, great friends and treated very well) and spent another year, and another and now it's 10 years later. I've been a teacher, bar manager, white guy (yes, that's a job) and a couple other jobs though my love is teaching. I was totally unprepared when I came to China and learned by making lots of mistakes.
Spent my first 5 years in Southern Jiangsu and 5 years in Beijing though I've traveled about 20-25 other cities and places around China, also have lived short term a couple other places. I have a very thorough knowledge of modern Chinese culture, a decent knowledge of modern Chinese history and a growing knowledge of the ancient history. I can speak pretty good Chinese and my reading is coming along though I pretty much ignored it for the first 8 years. I don't write. I'm currently debating leaving China and going back home for a bit simply because the little things (spitting, schools, relationship crap) and some big ones (pollution) are getting to me.
Not sure what else to say but if you have any questions feel free to ask, I'll be online for a couple hours anyway as I'm currently sick due to the damage the "airpocalypse" did to my throat.
Anyway, AMA ba!
Edit: Proof? Some random Chinese crap, Chinese cough medicine, empty bottle of Nongfu water and my internet not getting to facebook.
Edit2: It's now late and I'm sick, Been writing for four hours,Will pick up again where I left off in the morning! Thanks everyone for your quesitons so far!
Edit3: Back, feel free to ask more.