Expats studying in China have been encouraged to be sensitive to their cultural surroundings, but develop a thick skin when talking to locals, Xinhua reports.
Speaking to the news agency, Christine Tan, a Malaysian-Chinese studying for her master’s degree in communications at Fudan University, said that while making comments about a person’s appearance may seem rude in an expat’s native country, in China there is no such intention behind comments of this kind.
She added that it is easy to neglect the local culture because of the strong expat community in Shanghai and other major cities.
"I feel that I automatically entered the expat club even if I don’t want to be the stereotypical expatter who only hangs around other expats in an English-speaking circle," she commented.
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