10 reasons you don't want to live in China
From the pervasive pollution to the rampant corruption, quality of life in the world's second-largest economy leaves much to be desired.
I'm an American (of which I am very proud of) and I lived in China for 5 years. China is polluted, crowed and corrupt and people are obsessed with making money. But it is also a fascinating place. The rate of social change going on right now is amazing. And when things change so fast (particularly in a society that goes back 5000 years) there is bound to be chaos; especially when there are over a billion people involved. Will they ever totally get their act together, probably not, but as their middle class grows, they are going to expect cleaner water (as the US decided when our Great Lakes were dying and we had rivers in Cleveland burning), more open government (but hey, I’m from Chicago, so how open are our politics really?) and they will learn, probably the hard way, that economic growth always doesn’t go up (the Chinese real estate bubble will mostly pop). And while I hate defending the Chinese government (yes it can be a 'bit' overbearing), for most Chinese life is not oppressive like the US media makes it out to be. In fact I knew many Chinese that would openly (or at least fairly openly) complain about their leaders worse than Hannity rails about Obama.
I, for one, like it right here in the US, my country. I'm sure China has many strong points and good ways of life, but whatever they do is theirs, their traditions, their way of life. I like ours, and have always thought Freedom is what you make of it. It means different things to different people, and if you choose to believe everything the media tells you, than you deserve the life you are living.
I still like to go to work, raise my family and pass on the traditions and ways I was taught. Maybe have a beer or two with a steak on Saturday night. And when I need to refresh I just go for a drive in the beautiful American countryside, and listen to some Zac Brown Band or Hank Williams, and just live my life. I don't stress to much about politics, religion, or what the Kardashians are doing, and my family, and I, are generally quite happy here in the beautiful USA
Having lived in Shanghai for 5 years, I can certainly comment on the good and the bad. But corruption is rampant in the US too. Certainly people worry about pollution in general and food safety, even though they cannot really do much about it. Going down the street to the next vendor is no less risky. But I do miss nearly no crime, no drive-bys, no redneck trying to pick a fight, just super nice people all trying to survive even if they have to climb over the person in front of them. I miss the mass transit. I miss the restaurants that serve nothing out of a can.
I can tell you it that the pollution was getting better, and quick. But there is a long way to go. The 1-child rule is a good thing (India - listen up).
I'M NOT sure ! I have a friend who works at a school in China and he loves it ! hates to have
to come back to America once a year to remain a citizen of America...says chinese people are
very friendly and teaching english in their schools a real change and here another subject he
teaches is a real eye opener---he teaches Bible reading and who Jesus Christ is ! in a Chinese
public school ! makes me wonder why China and America have reversed their beliefs ?
once not too long ago if a man in china was caught with a Bible--he was put to death----now
christans in china can read a Bible openly and have no fear ! has China found something we
threw away ? gyy
Pronounced it the most technologically advanced city he had ever seen. Was astounded by the infrastructure, architecture and efficiency of the city.
Jus' sayin', folks....take a chance....see what's out there first-hand.....not on TV.
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