Today, I'm going to share with you 5 social norms in China. Trust me there are a gazillion more I could write about, but we'll start with 5 today.
**Also, as a side note, please forgive the random font that pops up in those post. I have tried for the life of me to fix it and I just can't. This post insists on being font rebellious! It's infuriating. :) But anyways...***
1. So much noise! It is completely, 100% normal here in China, for people to turn their cell phone/computer volume up on high while playing a game or watching a show. No matter where they are. Currently, I'm sitting in Starbucks, which is peaceful and quiet. It resembles an American Starbucks in every way. Except for the guy sitting in the chairs across from me who is playing some kind of coin, gambling game, with the volume up allllll the way up. I have my head phones in and I can still hear it. Public transportation is a good place to view this phenomenon. There is always, always someone shouting to their friend through their speaker phone, playing a game, or carrying their phone around like its a boom box with the volume on high, for all to enjoy. Im quite certain that if they did this in the States they would get the finger. There's no rules about disturbing the peace here.
2. More noise! Which brings me to my second point. It is totally normal and maybe even encouraged to pop fireworks and hire a drum line to play in the middle of a sleeping apartment complex at 6:00 am.
3. Napping anywhere and everywhere. Yesterday, to add to our list of places we've seen people napping (i.e. one leg on their motor bike, head on the curb, stretched across an entire sidewalk, and so on) Ｚａｃｈａｒｙ ｓａｗ ａ ｇｕｙ ｓｌｅｅｐｉｎｇ ｏｎ ａ ｇｉａｎｔ ｓｔｅｅｌ ｃｏｉｌ． Ｔｈａｔ＇ｓ ｃｏｍｆｏｒｔａｂｌｅ．
４． Ｐｏｏｐｉｎｇ ａｎｄ ｐｅｅｉｎｇ ｏｎ ｔｈｅ ｓｔｒｅｅｔｓ． Ｔｈｉｓ ｉｓ ｐｒｏｂａｂｌｙ ｏｎｅ ｏｆ ｔｈｅ ｍｏｓｔ ｅｒｋｓｏｍｅ ｏｆ ｓｏｃｉａｌ ｎｏｒｍｓ ｈｅｒｅ． Ｐｒｅｔｔｙ ｍｕｃｈ ｏｎ ｔｈｅ ｄａｉｌｙ Ｉ see some taxi driver turning around from a tree, mid zip up, walking back to his car that he just pulled over in order to pee. Children pee (and sometimes poop) ｅｖｅｒｙ ｗｈｅｒｅ． Ｔｈｅ ａｗｋｗａｒｄ ｐａｒｔ ｉｓ ｗｈｅｎ ｔｈｅｙ ｇｅｔ ｕｐ ｉｎ ｔｈｅ ８＇ｓ ａｎｄ ９＇ｓ ａｎｄ ａｒｅ ｓｔｉｌｌ ｄｏｉｎｇ ｉｔ， ｆｌａｓｈｉｎｇ ｔｈｅｉｒ ｇｏｏｄｓ ｆｏｒ ａｌｌ ｔｏ ｓｅｅ． Ａｎｄ ｔｈｅ ｅｖｅｎ ｍｏｒｅ ａｗｋｗａｒｄ ｐａｒｔ ｉｓ ｈｏｗ ｔｈｅ ｐａｒｅｎｔｓ， ｇｒａｎｄｐａｒｅｎｔｓ， ｗｈｏｍｅｖｅｒ， ｈｏｌｄ ｔｈｅ ｋｉｄｓ ｉｎ ｏｒｄｅｒ ｆｏｒ ｔｈｅｍ ｔｏ ｐｅｅ． Ｉｔ＇ｓ ｒｅａｌｌｙ ｓｔｒａｎｇｅ ｇｕｙｓ． Ｔｈｅｙ ｐｕｔ ｔｈｅ ｋｉｄｓ ｋｎｅｅｓ ｔｏ ｔｈｅｉｒ ｃｈｅｓｔ， ａｎｄ ｈｏｌｄ ｔｈｅｍ ｕｐ ｂｙ ｈｏｌｄｉｎｇ ｔｈｅｉｒ ｋｎｅｅｓ， ｓｏ ｔｈｅｉｒ ｉｎ ａ ｗｅｉｒｄ ｈｏｖｅｒｉｎｇ ｓｑｕａｔ ｐｏｓｉｔｉｏｎ， ｗｉｔｈ ｔｈｅｉｒ ＂ｂｉｒｄｓａｎｄｂｅｅｓ＂facing out instead of down. Ｉdont know if that makes any sense. I would show you a picture, but well, I think that would be illegal, and my conscious really can't bear to take that pic. It's weird people. Real weird.
(please help! I have no idea why the above font is like that! And I can't change it!)
5. Burping and farting. These are just everyday, no big deal occurrences. Today, I was at a women's conference and the Chinese women next to me let out a huge belch, and nobody even flinched. This week one of my students let out a huge fart, 3 times in a row. And like the rumbling kind. Like thunder. And no one said anything .He didn't called fart monster or smelly pants or anything terrible that he'd be called in the States. No body even laughed. I chuckled, until I looked around and saw that no one else was, and realized that I was more immature than my entire class of 7 year olds.