Cultural Observations

Hong Kong Observations

-HK people are on their cell phones all the time. They love playing candy crush on the MTR and texting while walking. This makes walking around Hong Kong challenging. Also all locals seem to own smart phones. I am convinced people in China are on their phones more than Americans which is hard to believe.

-HK people have a British accent when they speak English because the country used to be under British rule.

-HK people love baked goods! There are many bakeries that specialize in buns. They are $5 HKD per pastry/bun, or eighty cents in USD. My friend gets a bun every morning on his way to work. One of his favorites the taro paste bun which has red beans inside. Red beans are in a lot of pastries and drinks here.

-Women wear a red wedding dress on their special day because it is a lucky color and its very traditional. If the girl gets married off by her family she usually wears red. If she gets married without family or family approval she is likely to wear white which is a western tradition and modern. However white is associated with death and usually worn to funerals. (This is a custom of most Asian cultures.)

-When eating a meal you are not given a knife. The standard silverware is a spoon and chopsticks. I have gotten really good at using chopsticks. Also it is not impolite to pick up your plate or bowl to make eating faster and less messy.

-Badminton, tennis, soccer, and horse racing are popular sports in HK.

-The MTR (Mass Transit Railway) runs until 2am. Many HK people bar and karaoke hop for fun at night.

-Analogies are often used in Asian cultures. I have witnessed many legislative council members using analogies while speaking in a chamber council meeting to reinforce their point.

-All tv media in China and HK from what I have seen has had someone translating in sign language. I love this. Why can’t the US have this?

-Drinking tea is extremely popular. Jasmine tea is usually on every menu.


What I learned from my tour guide in China.

-Since Chinese people do not have a say in their politics (It is a Communist country.) a key thing Chinese people learn is acceptance. They can’t protest like in the U.S.A. without severe consequences so they make do with what they have instead of living their life sad and upset that they can’t have what they want. A good example of this is how the Chinese deal with pollution. Even though the pollution is pretty terrible most of the time in Beijing people still go outside. When the Chinese people go outside they don’t wear masks unless they are sick (same in HK). They love going to their public parks and playing games together. A popular game they play reminds me of chess. It is called Xiangqi. Many old men play it. The game represents a battle between two armies, with the object of capturing the enemy’s general (Emperor).

-Chinese people are hard workers. They are farmers at the core. They work long hours to take care of their family. Many family members live together. Grandparents support Grandchildren along with the children’s parents. This is a good example of their collectivist culture.

-Even the homeless (mostly physically disabled with missing limbs) are hard workers because they are on the streets trying to make money to live. (I think this is an interesting perspective and I agree with it. Just because someone is homeless doesn’t make them lazy which is the common thought of Americans. It takes a lot to lay or sit on a dirty street to ask for money and help. It destroys a persons pride. Many homeless people just want to be recognized that they exist more than anything else.)



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