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[–] tentonaraft 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I guess Voat isn't blocked by the Great Firewall. How bad is censorship where you live?

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Voat was definitely blocked the last time I tried to get here without a VPN. In fact, I got to the front of Voat and maybe a few pages in before it blinked and took me to a Baidu (Chinese google) page.

As far as its been explained to me - its not an actual person who spots me on Voat then blocks it but rather some elaborate software something that detects a problem and autoblocks the website.

So I do need a VPN to get here. Software to get 'through' the Great Firewall. It seems pretty damn strict here! When I first got to Beijing I feel like I could quite a few websites including Gmail/Google. Now FB, Twitter, Youtube aren't just blocked but so is my Gmail (weirdly not on my phone app though) but now damn near everything seems blocked or responds so slowly as to be effectively 'blocked' for all usefulness. The 'Porn Blocks' on their internet are actually so powerful now that its becoming a problem looking up medical information if the pages hint at 'Vagina' or 'Breasts' in medical terms!

Technically speaking there is no official government law against viewing anything on the internet so using a 'VPN' isn't actually against any actual law.

The sites/apps that work beautifully here like QQ or WeChat are often linked to phones which are registered and so 'in theory' they can find people. A lot of talk lately about cracking down on social media anonymity. (talk is from government more than netizens) with the idea being proposed people verify themselves and use their real names online.

A GF and I were once trying to get to an internet cafe in Beijing when we accidentally went up one floor higher and walked into a large room with what must have been 30 computers on each opposing wall and a lot of younger people who were wearing nicer office clothes. After some confusion, she tells me this is a type of police. She even knew of fellow English Majors who'd applied for this job. Indeed, we witnessed 'the Great Firewall' in action.

To the best of my knowledge, there is no concept of 'privacy' or any kind of guarantee or expectation. Comically, some insist the VPN I'm using is actually a Chinese government sanctioned one (so if anything getting extra attention?).

They are proud of Internet Policing and even have 'Internet Police Cartoon Characters' though I could only find this one (the cute police girl cartoon character appears in Great Firewall posters to let you know China's internet is safe!) http://imgur.com/0zxJdb8

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[–] SeraCharm 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Comically, some insist the VPN I'm using is actually a Chinese government sanctioned one

There are such officially sanctioned VPNs. It is how legitimate businesses in China communicate on the wider Internet. The government isn't stupid enough to choke off trade just for political censorship.

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[–] eldorann 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

To avoid the government censor standing at your shoulder, if you are being forced to write something false, type a double period.

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[–] Amateur_Wizard 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

nothing is wrong..

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[–] eldorann 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Wink.

Blink thrice if you are under duress. Blink four times if your family is held hostage. Blink twice if you have a gun held to your head.

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I have a theory that government censors actually do like to find and snoop in foreigners emails but not actually for any nefarious reasons - just that they are bored and probably find it entertaining and want to learn about cultural expressions or follow some gossip lol

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[–] RedditIsPropaganda23 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Biggest differences in dating and sex between China and the US?

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

USA sex can tend to involve a lot of psychological aspects, romance, build-ups, some notion of being 'naughty', a lot of primping and shaving, some kind of emotional elements are at play or being sought after. Thats my experience at least.

Chinese sex is more a physical act. Like eating. They're isn't a whole lot of interest in appearances but more just doing it. I don't think 'passionate' is a word to involve. But if you are hungry and see food you like and happily eat it until you are done isn't that great too?

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[–] RedditIsPropaganda23 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

nom nom nom

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[–] abear 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Does anyone give you any more respect other than "talking dictionary?"

Do you have any future job prospects that do not involve being a "talking dictionary?"

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Does anyone give you any more respect other than "talking dictionary?"

That's a good way to put it and no that is about all the respect I could ask for. On some rare occasions, they might catch me fixing something properly, correctly and efficiently and look at me like I'm slightly magical. Speaking of which I once did a magic trick for some kids and was held in awe for nearly a week.

Do you have any future job prospects that do not involve being a "talking dictionary?"

I want to say acting gigs but I guess that comes down to be a bit of a talking dictionary. I did work with some IT guys setting up a network but there again it was mainly because I could read and quickly set up the English language computers. So no, not really. Talking Dictionary is pretty much the only thing left.

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[–] abear 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I have a fair bit of similar experience only with Japan instead of China. All my friends that went over there are having a great time by the looks of it but their job prospects are pretty terrible.

If you are a fit dude with a normal face you should have no problem finding work in front of a camera over there. In my short time in Japan I did a few modeling shoots, and a few friends of mine had small TV rolls [on top of much bigger modeling gigs.] This was all in Tokyo though. I bet if you were in Beijing or Shanghai or Hong Kong proper it would be easier.

Thanks for the reply and good luck in your future endeavors!

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[–] m4tthew 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Your album says it isn't publicly available. My question is how's the air over there? Is it really that polluted, or is that pretty much only Beijing? Are people starting to notice health problems because of it? Also whats the deal with Hong Kong, do people in mainland China think of it as part of China or more of it's own country?

Bonus: what's your funniest "getting used to a foreign culture" story?

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Sorry I just tried to change that page to 'publically available' but its not taking effect.

My question is how's the air over there? Is it really that polluted, or is that pretty much only Beijing?

Nanning and Guilin and most of Guangxi province have reasonably decent air quality because of fairly steady fresh winds I'm told come off the South China Sea. Beijing can be really bad but so are many other cities in my experience like Hefei, Zhengzhou, Changsha and in some like Zhengzhou its actually the 'particle pollution' that's killer. You can see people wash their white cars and the next morning a layer of orangey-brown construction dust coat the car. You can go walking for 30 minutes and then wipe your face and see brownish dust. Its just settling on you! I had a terrible nonstop cough for months and I'm sure it was simply inhaling that particle dust constantly.

Also whats the deal with Hong Kong, do people in mainland China think of it as part of China or more of it's own country?

Every Mainlander I've asked tells me quite seriously Hong Kong is part of China. Now, in my opinion and those of some students we think its a funny 'contradiction' in that Mainlanders think of going to Hong Kong as visiting another country. If I ask 'Have you been overseas?' many include Hong Kong in that list of 'other countries they've visited' and I think privately many Mainlanders want Hong Kong to be part of China but separate like its own country and especially Mainlanders who moved to or lived in or own property in Hong Kong!

Bonus: what's your funniest "getting used to a foreign culture" story?

My wife's funniest story is when I learned about this thing where they light off huge rolls of firecrackers just before dawn whenever someone dies. And they do this right below our window and between the highrises so the echo and reverb is beyond anything I've ever heard at 5:50 AM and mistook for a building collapsing/bombing/terror attack and flew out of bed and panic dressed yelling 'phone 1-1-9!' and trying to wrap the puppy in a blanket. She could not stop laughing.

So absolutely ear-deafening 'surprise firecrackers' are still one thing I can never get used to though. Its awful and they are huge coils and the louder the better it seems. even better if at dinner or during hours people may wan to sleep :(

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[–] SeraCharm 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I think many mainland Chinese want the rest of China to be more like HK actually, in terms of stronger rule of law and less corruption, hence the contradictions.

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[–] m4tthew 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks for the response! Also I don't blame you for the firecracker thing. That would freak me out too.

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[–] Demonic_Mime 2 points 3 points (+5|-2) ago 

How many sideways vaginas have you encountered? Do you enjoy them? Would your ideal wife have a sideways one or a normal one? Or maybe just slightly slanted? Yeah that could feel good.

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I once told my wife Chinese women have a 'sideways vagina' and in total deadpan seriousness she looked bewildered and asked with great sincerity "Wait.. so which way to foreigner girls vaginas go??"

After I finished laughing it did occur to me - maybe its foreign women who have the sideways vaginas right?

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[–] Demonic_Mime 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Hahaha, that's great, man

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Maybe they are but I just don't know it yet. Now I have to think about this :(

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[–] FFat20 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Any plans on returning?

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[–] Zardoz [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yes. I'm getting very very tired. Most of the foreigners I know have left or will be leaving this years. I feel like we see one arrive but 3 leave. I hope this is my last year. Some foreigners say you must be careful at Year Three. I've seen it. Its like they get so used to it. It becomes a habit. They even forget how long they've been here. then soon its 4 and 5 and you get someone whos a 10-year veteran without somehow realizing its been that long.

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