What do you hate about the place you live in?
Posted: Posted April 28th by Agis
This could be about your country, state, town, etc. And maybe *hate* is too strong, it can be annoying or something you're dissatisfied about.
First of all, things are chaotic in the every day shared spaces of Chinese cities. People shoving up all against each other so no one will cut in line, people leaving their ebikes everywhere on the sidewalk, the traffic is something you get used to but it's definitely not safe. Compounding this is, as a foreigner, you're likely to get stared at and have people comment about you or even shout "HALLO" when you're nearby.
Not to mention the government and politics. The overwhelming nationalism is cringeworthy because it comes out of a shared national history of victimhood. The lack of critical perspective on Xi Jinping, as he becomes more and more central in the government, is infuriating. This is particularly important to me because the government, through its state-sanctioned media, always blames "hostile foreign forces" in its otherwise banal and boring news, and when anything happens like Japan nationalizing Diaoyudao/Senkaku islands, Philippines wins a Hague decision in the SCS, or America punishes a Chinese business, the government stirs national opinion against all the countries. Sometimes leads to riots. Me and other foreigners talk about how, someday, something really bad could happen and we would definitely need to get out.
I could go on and on about so much more, but I feel like I should say what I hate about America too.
Lack of mass transportation. In most cities, you either drive or you're a weird loser. Subways and buses are fucking awesome. And a huge, affordable and convenient train system that connects you to any city in China is great. It's either plane or road trip in America, which is stupid if you're used to something different.
The government is constantly divided and its getting worse. If we could be united and stick to consistent government policy, we would have solved our most difficult challenge domestically and internationally. The toxic divisiveness trails down to normal people and half the country hates the other. At least in China everybody is on the same side, pretty much.
People are also generally unhealthy, which of course shows in everybody being so fat. Too much sugar and carbohydrates in everything. And because everybody relies on cars, they get most of their walking done in a day between their front door and the street where their car is.
Lots more homeless, panhandlers, and generally weird people walking up to you in the street who want change. Or if you smoke, people will walk up and ask you for one.
So what about you guys?
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