public manners

How China is Making Me Into a Worse person, #1A – James Fallows

From Recently I mentioned that the Hobbesian nature of public life in China was bringing out parts of my character I would rather leave concealed. I have received a variety of responses, ranging from “stop whining” to “you don’t know the half of it.” Here is the strangest complementary anecdote, from an unexpected source. […]

How China is Making Me Into a Worse Person (#1 in a series) – James Fallows

From (about the author): Yes, presence in any foreign environment “improves” people in various ways. They learn about the new country, and their home country, and themselves, in ways they couldn’t otherwise. They’re jogged out of routines. They are exposed to different languages and approaches to life. And blah blah blah. Every day’s exposure […]



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