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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Foreigners have a blast in Beijing, refuse to assimilate!
The Beijinger has a fantastic piece by Michael Wester on foreign "expats"* in Beijing:
"If you've been thinking lately that Beijing's expat scene is a complete sausage fest dominated by foreigners who can barely speak Chinese, you're right: A comprehensive study of the foreign population in China released last week shows that 74 percent of the expatriate population are dudes and three out of four "understood only simple words in Chinese."
*Note that most Westerners reserve the classy title "expats" (expatriates) for themselves, but few of them really are. They are neither dispatched nor have expat packages or diplomatic status. The large majority of them are just tourists, students, and immigrants.