Hey there! My name is Chris and I’m Chinese.
Actually, I guess I could fall under a couple Asian-based categories. For one, I’m a CBC (short for Canadian-Born Chinese). I’m also a self-proclaimed banana (yellow on the outside and white on the inside).
Both of these titles never really mattered much until I moved to Asia in 2010. Now that I live here in China, my ethnicity has become a far more prominent point of conversation. Especially when speaking with locals.
Without question, the most common response (regardless of whether they’re speaking English or Mandarin) I hear from people once they discover that I’m Canadian is:
“When I first saw you, I thought you were Chinese.”
Even this one statement alone speaks volumes about the mindset of the Chinese. And that intrigues me. Though I share the same ancestry as the people here, my culture and lifestyle is completely different from theirs.
This blog is my attempt at exploring the Chinese world and as well sharing my thoughts on what it’s like to live in Asia as a foreigner.
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