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Dracon44

Aug 17, 2018 13:47

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news 6 Big Differences Between Chinese and Western Workplaces

The article states "When something needs doing, be prepared to pitch in, whether it's your area of expertise or not." Sounds like a great way to mess up things...especially when it's not. Also I am not going to mop up bathrooms...regardless of who else is doing it. I was hired to be a teacher. Then that is what I ... Full Comment>>

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Aug 17, 2018 13:41

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news The Good Side of Chinese Dining Etiquette

I don't like drinking so the toasts are not really important. Getting drunk with Chinese (or for that matter anyone else) is not only far down the list of things to do...it is completely off it. As for the comment where the poster claims "it is considered rude not to try every dish at the table" that is not true. I ... Full Comment>>

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Aug 17, 2018 13:28

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Game Changers to Make Living in China Easier

Joining a gym and learning some Chinese are good pieces of advice, The rest? Not so much. Other posters have already commented on the flaws...so I'll leave it at that. Full Comment>>

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Aug 17, 2018 13:20

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Life Lesson's You'll Learn When Working in China

It is possible to take the "high road" as the author of the article writes above...but it should never be at the expense of your self-esteem or saving "face" (while not so important elsewhere it is particularly important here.) You are not gong to gain the respect of your work colleagues doing that as the author ... Full Comment>>

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Aug 17, 2018 13:09

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Problems You Might Come Across While Teaching English in China

"bums from Canada who cannot get a job coming over and lording over everyone else". Bums from anywhere else with the exact same inability to hold down a job and coming here to do exactly the same thing they accuse Canadians of are just as annoying if not more so, as they add to the previously mentioned character ... Full Comment>>

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Aug 17, 2018 12:59

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Everything You Need to Know Before Accepting a Teaching Job in China

Only two cities worth living in? Well yes, if your goal is to live as close as possible as you did back home, with hundreds of expats Westerners around, dozens of Western style restaurants/nightclubs, and otherwise live in an 'expat bubble'. Apart from that...there are many places here worth living without making ... Full Comment>>

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Aug 10, 2018 16:15

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Don’t Be an Outsider in China: Six Tips to Help You Fit In

I live in a small town way up in the north of China where I am the only foreigner and there are no foreign products in the two supermarkets that exist there. Talk about living the 'Chinese experience'. I am willing to bet that the writer of this article may have done all the above suggestions but wouldn't be able to ... Full Comment>>

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Aug 10, 2018 14:38

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news How Best to Dress for Work and Interviews in China

MY rules for dressing for work depends on the weather...If it is cool or mild, I wear long pants (cords or slacks) and a dress shirt with a tie. If however, it is hot and humid I will wear shorts and a T-shirt. Attempting to dress up in the latter type of weather simply leads to heat rash and sweating 24/7. Full Comment>>

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Jul 08, 2018 10:11

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news How to Negotiate Salary When Teaching ESL in China

Why would "years of experience" matter? After all even some of the worst teachers out there can claim that. Without a handful of glowing references, it is hard to place any kind of worth on that. Full Comment>>

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Jun 18, 2018 12:25

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news 5 Labour Laws You Should Know About if You Work in China

And the same applies to National week...the official holidays have been OCT 1-7 NOT three days. That is the biggest load of B.S. that I have heard. Do a search yourself...then you have authority to back up what you say to your employer the next time he tells you it's only 3 days. Full Comment>>

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Jun 18, 2018 12:21

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news 5 Labour Laws You Should Know About if You Work in China

You don't have a clue what you are talking about. Now be quiet and stop talking If you do a search for Chinese holidays you will see that the official holidays contradict what you say. For example this year the Spring Festival is from Feb 15-21. That is from the State Council in Mainland China. Last year it was from ... Full Comment>>

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Jun 02, 2018 14:12

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Women Teaching English in Beijing Jailed Over Visa Issues

Gotta love the conspiracy theories being bruited in the responses above. Nope, China is just finally cracking down on idiots these days. A 1 minute call to the Chinese Embassy in their home country would have let them know they require a work visa. Or a couple of minutes on the Internet would have cleared it up for ... Full Comment>>

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Apr 10, 2018 13:30

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news 7 Typical Jobs for Foreigners in China

According to the 2013 census there were 848,500 foreigners living in China with an average yearly increase of 3.9%. How many foreigners do you know? 100? 200? 1000? You may have noticed a huge drop in the diversity of jobs held by foreigners that you know. But that is a very small sample of the overall population of ... Full Comment>>

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Apr 10, 2018 13:05

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Freelancing Foreigners: Making Some Extra Mao

Agreed. Freelancing (for most foreigners) is illegal. Anyone who says different has an agenda. It is illegal to work in China beyond the scope of the work that is specified in your employment license. And yes that does include working at a different work unit than the one on said license. Full Comment>>

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Apr 10, 2018 13:00

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news The Trials of Being Fat in China

..."sometimes people need to know that they have become too fat..." I'm sure this doesn't need to be pointed out to the majority of obese people. They know very well they are overweight. BTW what does "too fat' mean? Isn't that a completely arbitrary observation? What you might find "too fat" might well be another ... Full Comment>>

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Apr 10, 2018 12:51

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Tips for Living Well on a Budget in China

Under Chinese law, working for anyone but your sponsor is illegal. So yes part-time work is illegal for most of us here. The reasons for this include taxes, and places that are not legally allowed to hire foreigners. Gary Chodorow is a specialist in Chinese visa law and he states "It is illegal to work in China ... Full Comment>>

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Apr 10, 2018 11:37

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news New Country, New Me: Foreigners Discuss How They’ve Changed in China

Why would you WANT a Chinese passport in the first place? Yeah if you are from some poorer place...then maybe. But I would never trade in an American, Canadian, British or for that matter any 'Western' passport for a Chinese one. Full Comment>>

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Jan 13, 2018 15:51

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news New Country, New Me: Foreigners Discuss How They’ve Changed in China

Actually that was 1575 PRs in ONE year. Seems pretty generous to me. And what's the matter? Were you denied PR? If not, why do you even care? Full Comment>>

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Jan 13, 2018 15:00

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Foreign Workers in China to See Pay Rise in 2018

Not for English teachers. You will get what you signed on for. Full Comment>>

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Jan 13, 2018 14:48

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Teaching in a Third-Tier City: My Year in Yingkou

Someone up above posted a comment to the effect that the majority of problems foreigners had in their lives were caused by other foreigners and not locals. I've also found this to be the case. Now I just steer clear of the vast majority of foreigners in China. Sure there may be some fine folk who come over here but ... Full Comment>>

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Nov 23, 2017 16:04

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news The Essential Guide to Dealing with Your Chinese Landlord

I second Nikwestside's request. If you have a better way of dealing with the small problems that crop up when living in an apartment over here...let's hear it. Full Comment>>

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Nov 23, 2017 15:53

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Mars & Venus: Gender Differences Between China and the West

Since when was polygamy accepted in China? Full Comment>>

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Nov 06, 2017 21:22

Around China : Dracon44 commented on news Chinese Teachers Arrested for Binding Toddlers with Duct Tape

Well this article is about China and Chinese teachers so not sure where your experiences in Thailand come in here. An autistic child? Really? You did that to an autistic child? All I can say is I'm sure glad I'm not a child in your classroom. Full Comment>>

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Nov 06, 2017 21:04

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news Amazing Inventions That Will Change Your Life in China

I'd vastly prefer it if they were at the very forefront of manners instead. Full Comment>>

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Nov 06, 2017 20:45

Articles : Dracon44 commented on news 5 Things the Foreign Media Gets Wrong About China

Every single one of these so-called misconceptions are absolutely true. The author comes off as completely clueless. Let's go through them to find out why. 1. No Christianity in China. If they leave out the whole "Jesus thing" then how can that possibly be called Christianity seeing as how it is based on and takes ... Full Comment>>

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