What is so Special about China you may ask?
Well the answers are not Black or White, As if it was many more Foreigners would be there earlier LIVING, Socializing, and working and residing than currently are
What is clear to me is that the opportunities and possibilities for the ”Afflicted or Unwanted individuals”, I.e Age limitations, Stereo typing, Gender specific restrictions, Color or Creed exceptions in my early days have Certainly been in the Main, Kicked to the Kerb! why?
They appreciate that one’s age brings experience’s, quality and social values.
Male or female is not differentiated instead regarded in the work place as equal from a wage/pay aspect, color and creed was not so openly accepted as is now, Hence none-native speakers of global cultures as skilled men and women are accepted into many companies and business.
Teaching English or a foreign language was almost none existent for none Natives Speakers seeking posts. Now a British/ American or Canadian teachers can teach German, Italian, french similar to Ukrainians or Russian teaching English, Spanish, a Frenchy can teach Portuguese or Italian, and so forth!so diversity is in place and growing constantly, this makes negotiating prices lower and quality of choice is better from their perspective.
To take action, have balls and drive to succeed makes you a commodity for work, business and social interaction
Respect, tenacity,open mindedness and expressive personality puts you on the higher rankings in such a society, one that pushes forward endlessly to make a better life, money, position and possibilities certainly for travel and experiencing international lifestyles.
Now as a foreigner this already gives you the edge, to arrive be confident and believing in yourself,
In social scenarios and settings the ability to show leadership, composure,
understanding and intelligence elevates you to be accepted and seen as a person of Integrity, Value and a knowledgeable foreigner to be respected.
However, If you are in a stronger position to arrive with your Business ideas and model, you will be facing a tough adversary in negotiating business deals, ones that will be rich on a long term perspective.
My richness of travel comes mainly from living, loving and working in China, connections gained from this integration into the immediate surroundings, like dancing with the community in the evenings, teaching salsa, English Corners and discussion Groups in gardens, open public spaces and parks.
Inviting students and families to your home with friend parties, visiting and accepting their invitations to dinner or a special occasion like Moon cake day, labor holiday, children’s parties and KTV [singing] offerings, to make them seem important and appreciated, encourage and bolster reservedness in them when they attempt to speak English or make a joke, inviting them to sports like, Ping Pong, Tennis, Badminton, Football or Basket ball, are all building blocks to networking effectively.
Eating in or out
many times you will find yourself being invited to one dinner or another, accept and entertain, they love to be entertained with stories of your background or home country, customs, lifestyle, schooling and daily routines of families, they seek to learn and compare their circumstances to yours.
In cases where you are invited to someone’s home, it is invariably to show you their cultural warmth from a family aspect, express and to display capabilities to host and be excellent at it in your eyes, Pride to display cuisine varieties and how much of a special guest you are, they value your opinion in all things. If kids are involved, kind words and advice in well received regarding how they behave and their intelligence in learning.
Chinese women from my experiences are subtle, intense and look to you for a lead in all that you do with them, they accept as a foreigner you re cultivated, passionate, caring and a gentleman, just being with them is something special, they are happy to do everything to please and support your goals in China, family and more. So don’t Treat them like a Dog
The Downside to this is years or even centuries of suppression of communism, brings an explosiveness in many of their quarrels, and this is not eminent in the early days of relationship but as it extends this inner suppression begins to show as moments of disagreements and unhappiness appears and they are not always aware of this until it occurs
Don’t misunderstand my words or meaning, it’s not a Jekyll and Hyde & Hyde scenario, but can develop into one, I put this down to a complete acceptance of emotional and physical status and belief in their man, so when it changes ”goes wrong” watch out for Pots and Pans, even Sharp objects Sailing through the air towards you.
Friends and husbands [foreign] this is a normal occurrence. So stay Sharp be good and all’s good? Ha! ha!
Finding work is of course depends on your specific area of trade and skills, lets suppose a teaching position, there are many in international and state schools, applying is not a problem but you may be required to provide some relevant certification or Degree, these recent years it has become more of a question.
however, experience is Regarded as a big plus and comes in the form of demonstrating your abilities. Chances to be selected are high, and be trained during your contract period, these days the choices are more obvious and exciting with the right attitude, acting, engineering, hosting, radio and TV, sports teaching gym instructors, internet web design software, games and payment services, import and export the list goes on.,
Even to start your own Business you can pop over to Hong Kong, open a company, and begin after deciding if it is better operating from a tax point in China, Hong Kong or indeed your Country
- Travel visa – L
- Working Visa – Z
- Business Visa – M
Apply in your country of residence gets you longer stay as I did in UK [2 year standard touring 90 day entry/exit] or arrive to port of China and get same day 1 month entry, followed by apply for extension at the local Visa [PSB] offices in cities.
New types of visas are: Business, Work and Resident Visa and Tourist as mentioned Type visas. Don’t be surprised if newer variations on this since 2018 as the rules change frequently. Depends on your specific requirements specific supporting documents are required respectively.
By and large the experience is one to consider and act on if you are planned, ready to adapt as you would need in any overseas travel, this is then next stage in your experiences to see the word of Asia China!
I hope this Post has been of particular cultural interest and you can be energized to go see China it is certainly worth Effort and respectable costs.
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