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What Mom Said #3

Facetimed with parents tonight, talked about state of emergency in Virginia, condemned white supremacy, neo-nazis, and alt-right groups. Laughed at Trump’s idiotic diplomacy, and dismissed Kim Jong Un’s nuclear threat as Chinese normally do. Blah Blah Blah…. Mom, in her calm voice, asks “as an american, can you write a letter to president Trump, ask him to maintain world peace?” Mom is the cutest!!!

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what mom said #2

mom isn’t too familiar with iphone apps, but she knows how to use wechat better than dad. today, she forgot how to forward a video to me on wechat, after i told her how, she quickly forwarded a video to me. i praised her. she was so happy and said, because you praised me, i’ll have less trouble fall asleep tonight, i’ll sleep so well! “幺女,你今天表扬了我,我等会儿晚上睡觉肯定很快就可以睡着。今晚可以好生睡一觉!” (mom has trouble to fall asleep at night since her surgery.)

what mom said #1

my mom never wants to spend an extra dime on herself. but when she heard we went out for dinner and spent 80 dollars on the meal, she’d calmly say that’s a normal price to pay for a meal these days, and if it’s good, eat more. “现在吃饭是要这个价。只要好吃,就去吃!”

Me and My Podcast

Once I was interested in becoming a radio host, because radio was magical and mysterious. In fact, it still is. When I was in middle school, I had the encourage to go to the local radio station, wait for the show host to show up at the gate before her show starts, so I can do my elevator pitch.  I got two chances to be her guest host! But both times I screwed up because I was not well prepared on air, live. Then, I never had the confidence to ask for the third chance at the radio station.

For a long time, listening to the radio was not part of my life. Until there’s a thing called podcast, radio comes back to my daily routine. There are so many great podcasts, namely BBC Business DailySerial, and Science in Action, plus 2 Dope Queens. (Remember the time when every New Yorker was listening to Serial season one “The Alibi” so intensely on the train to work/home?! )  Oh! Of course, This American Life. I stumbled upon the show while I was searching for a show to listen on an actual radio (from Sony, ivory color) in our Brooklyn apartment. It was a week night in an early winter, I was having dinner alone on the kitchen island. This American Life caught my attention because it was telling a story about some rough individuals in New York City, and their situation was gloomy, dark, and intense. I got hooked immediately!

Before moved back to China a year ago, I’ve made sure I have many US and UK made podcasts on my phone so my sense of world won’t be blocked from the Great FireWall. Bloomberg Daybreak  is my morning background after I got up from bed. BBC Global News played during my shower and wash up. Because these two podcasts update a few times a day, so I don’t really need to pay them much attention.

After coming home from work, I like to play 2 Dope Queens while I prepare my simple dinner and laugh really hard. I’d also imitate those comedians’ accents on the show, the New England and New Jersey accents are easy, but the New Orleans’ is hard. I can hardly do the Queens’ accent.  When I’m ready to sit and eat dinner, I like to play some deep and serious shit, like, Death, Sex & Money, This American Life. Because the voice of the show host sounds like he’s having a conversation with you, and topics are usually about people’s life.

On weekends, I catch up with podcasts that I haven’t had chance to listen during the week. Decrypted, The Economist: Money Talks, and Game Plan, etc.. I’d say the most annoying voices come from Game Plan produced by Bloomberg Radio. It has two white women on the show as hosts. Oftentimes, they’d talk about diversity and inequality at workplace while forgetting they are two privileged white women with good university degrees and comfortable salary based journalism jobs. It’s absolutely ironic! However, I do like their “half-baked takes”. Simply, you suggest something that might improve your personal daily life, but no one has to agree and obey it. For example, a man suggested that men should be able to wear sandals to work when it’s too hot during the summer. I agree with him, because why only women are allowed to display their beautiful and ugly toes?

I’ve also learnt a lot from Science in Action. For example, a London professor said no matter how much you exercise, if you don’t have enough of sleep, your exercise is a waste of time. Many fishes and shrimps are eating plastic as their daily diet in the ocean. Caterpillars eat caterpillars if they’ve eaten leafs from the same bushes where they’ve got the same chemical spray, so way to kill caterpillars! (I think caterpillars look cute.)

What am I listening now while I’m writing? Jazz. Because I couldn’t concentrate when I had The Takeaway on (by the way, did you know it’s John Hockenberry ‘s last week at the show this week?), and Hiphop and Techno were too angry and distracting.

I’ll need to cut back on podcast listening this week, because I have to read “The Girl on the Train”. Also, I’m still digesting This American Life – Babysitting . I’ve listened the second time of the story yesterday, and I broke into tears!  The story no.3 is one of the most powerful family stories I’ve listened, plus the imagination the story offered me. It was like a movie, a family drama. In the movie, I’m visible when the siblings are telling me the story, and I’m invisible when the siblings are with their mother in their house in Buffalo, New York. The show already told us they don’t live on the rich side of the town. My imagination tells me they live in an old brick house, small. The house is on a street where most families are working class, wage laborers, but people are decent and nice to each other. The most fascinating part of the story was why their mother believed their lie?  In the end, I’m glad they’ve made it through. Surviving is hard but manageable to people who have strong foundations.

Good night.

 

 

 

 

Expat? Immigrant?

An expatriate (often shortened to expatis a person temporarily or permanently residing, as an immigrant, in a country other than that of their citizenship. 外籍人士:像没有换国籍移民一样,一个临时或长期在外国生活工作的人。

An immigrant, to come to a country of which one is not a native, usually for permanent residence. 移民人士:从自己的出生国家去到另外的国家,通常以长期居留的方式在那个国家生活。

从字面上看,一个expat 和一个immigrant 没有什么区别。如果你觉得他们有区别,那你肯定有自大或自卑的心理。第一种情况—自大: 我的一个自我优越感非常强大的白人同事总是以一种趾高气扬的姿态和骄傲的语气介绍他自己是一个EXPAT. 我也有一些白人熟人会向人说他们在中国就是过一种expat life 外籍人士的生活。那么我的问题来了:what the fuck is expat? (前面的文字已对这个词语有所解释) what exactly is an expat life? 这才是更有趣的问题。

第二种情况 –自卑:在美国的中国移民通常是谦卑的强调自己的英语还不够好,自己的口语还要提高。这种自卑除了我们自己的问题以外,很多是外界附加给我们的。比如,在美国,一个有色人种说再好的英语也不会有人表扬你,因为在美国你就该说让人能听懂的英语,这是在美国生存的游戏规则。所以,当你的英语不太清晰或不能让人听懂的情况下,你可以解释自己的机会很少,有时甚至没有,这时你的自卑感当然会产生。相反,在中国,一个外国人说最差最烂最难听的中文,就连只说一个中文字,就会被友好的中国人表扬夸奖。这真是两个变态的国家!

自己是美国新移民的成员之一,我在美国的努力和众多美国新移民是一样的。我们努力学习英文,努力提高英文写作能力,努力融入当地生活习惯和文化特色。找住所,手机叫车,点外卖,看病,缴费,所有的一切都要在懂得英文的基础上才能完成。在正常的情况下,没有人会帮你用英文去帮你完成你的个人需要。注重个人空间和隐私的美国人也不愿意被打扰去帮你完成你自己本来可以胜任的工作。然而,在中国生活的一些外籍人士却经常打扰我们中国人帮他们完成一些最基础的日常杂事,在他们需要我们的时候,他们的个人空间和隐私顿时就短暂的消失了。

举例说明,我的美国白人同事在上海生活两年后还不知道如何从他家坐公交车到办公室,因此他只能用手机叫车。在Uber没有退出中国之前,他的出行还没什么问题。可是,万恶的uber在被更万恶的DIDI滴滴购买后,被踢出中国,我的白人同事的出行噩梦就开始了:早上上班经常迟到,原因是街上的出租车不好找,他自己又不会用DIDI,因为不会中文拼音。晚上他要去什么地方赶时间,他就会问我或我的中国同事帮他在DIDI上叫车,帮他输入他要去的中文地址。请注意:我们不是他的私人助理!我们除了拥有工作关系,没有任何其他关系。请换位思考,(在排除你在美国出差的情况下)你长期在美国工作,你觉得你在美国的同事会像中国同事一样友好的帮你使用手机叫车APP吗?会帮你耐心的用英文在APP上输入你要去的地址吗?不会!反而你要问你自己,你连这都不会的话,你是怎么找到工作的呢?

但在中国,一个“expat”,在这里我觉得称他们 “老外移民”更合适,特别是美国或英国白人,不用说中文,不用读,不用写中文,更不用理解中国市场就可以在中国找到比本地人工资高3倍或以上的工作。他们凭什么呢?他们自己是这么认为的:(1)我们是美国/英国人。(2)我们说英文,我们可以写出没有语法错误的英文报告和电子邮件。(3)我们可以帮忙纠正中国同事的英文报告里的语法错误,尽管我们承认我们最恨这份看似像编辑助理的工作 “I hate editing English grammars”。哇,白人,你好可怜,你要做的居然是编辑英语语法这么简单的工作。可是你不会中文啊,你除了只会英语以外,你还能干什么呢?(4)我有西方人的想法啊。废话,你没有西方人的想法难道有东方人的想法吗?西方人的想法可以辅助中国客户在中国做更好的生意。Hahahahaha,在中国做生意用西方人的想法做,你是不是没睡醒啊?(5)我们有一套成熟的高层次的市场策略想法。算了吧,少用什么高层次的策略想法来吓唬人。做生意的重点是什么?是赚钱。做生意需要实际和可执行的策略和想法。(6)我们可以让公司更国际化。不是国际化的公司就能赚钱盈利的!在中国,最盈利的公司不是国际化的公司。

不可否认,在中国的很多老外移民是技术型人才,他们在很多领域施展着他们无可替代的技术能力。这部分老外移民往往不是那些夸夸其谈的“EXPATs”.

是不是扯远了?还是回到我最初的问题吧。Expat 的Immigrant 区别。在中国的外国人喜欢自居expat。在美国的长居的外国人被称作immigrant.

在我看来,本质的区别是:expat 其实只是代表在美国和英国以外生活的白人,他们拥有丰厚的收入和高层职位(我们暂时不要去深究他们到底配不配这些高薪和职位),他们住在昂贵的地段,有佣人,他们是昂贵餐厅和酒吧的常客,他们的朋友大多是他们的同类,由于多种原因,他们很难和当地人成为真正的朋友。Immigrant指从穷国去到富国的人。这些人有不同的肤色,不是白人。俄罗斯不是白人吗?但他们是社会主义,所以美国白人鄙视他们,也叫他们移民。

最后,用一个最简单的解释来理解:在美国生活的英国,法国,意大利的白人不会介绍自己是个expat. 而在亚洲生活的美国和英国白人,由于他们的种族歧视观使他们想把自己和immigrants区别开来,所以他们给自己定义为自以为很聪明的expat,这是他们自我优越感强大的完美呈现 = THE PROFOUND PRIVILEGED ASSHOLES

 

My personal JingA experience 我的个人京A体验

(此文用了一些英文词语是因为这些词翻译成中文后就没有那么爽了)

我在国庆节前去成都时就听说了产自北京的京A 精酿啤酒,在国庆节回到成都后,我专门去了HUGO (雨果啤酒馆)和Good Good 墨西哥餐厅品尝了京A的啤酒。在成都,我喝了京A的Flying Fist IPA (飞拳IPA)和Mandarin Wheat. 回到上海后,我在建国路上的Kai Bar (开吧) 尝到了京A 的Worker’s Pale Ale,非常适合我的个人偏好!

这周在京A微信活动推广信息中得知他们今晚会在上海的The Hop Project (这个啤酒馆可以做一个单独的review)合作推出他们的“胡同帮 – Hu Tong Clan” IPA 啤酒,含酒精度9%。这个系列之所以吸引我是因为他们为此款啤酒设计了一件非常酷的T恤,虽然设计抄袭了美国元老级Hip Hop团队 – Wu Tang Clan(武当派)的标志,但T恤本身所带来的视觉刺激感还是很强烈的。国庆节期间,我在成都看到一位朋友穿了这件T恤,我就决定要把这件衣服搞到手!虽然它是男式,但在这个性别模糊 gender blurring的时代, 男士T恤穿在女士身上往往会更加的fashion forward。

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冲着这件T恤和对北京自酿啤酒的好奇,我冒着 台风海马周旋在上海的危险去了The Hop Project一探究竟。很可惜,我喜欢的京A Worker’s Pale Ale 和Flying Fist IPA都下架了。更让我失望的是这个“胡同帮 – Hu Tong Clan”推广活动居然没有卖他们的Hu Tong Clan T恤!我想问北京的京A团队你们是怎么想的?你们的销售成员只拿了几件绿色京A logo的T恤卖。这个细节的错误顿时让活动失去了厂牌和顾客亲密接触的机会。

以下是我对今晚喝到的京A啤酒系列的评分,纯属个人观点 (欢迎各位指点,交流):

分数满分标准:100

1)胡同帮 – Hu Tong Clan Dark IPA, 9% ABV.

颜色:深咖啡色

浓/厚 度:高

口感:重,sharp, authentic, solid, 纯正大气

评分:80

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2)白酒啤酒 – Baijiu Beer, 12% ABV

颜色:浑黄色,清澈度低

浓/厚 度:高

口感:酸, 很难下咽. Simply not good, not worth your time (unless you want to pretend you know alcohol).

评分:40

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3) JingA EH? Maple Saison 枫叶季节, 6.2% ABV

颜色:秋天的橙色

浓/厚 度:中上

口感:甜苦搭配不是很协调,没有介绍说的那个枫叶味。没有想象的那么丝滑顺口。

评分:50

4)京A Project Pale Ale (酒精度忘记了)

颜色:淡黄

浓/厚 度:中

口感:普通,没有特别能让我感到兴奋的点

评分:65

下面两款京A是我在上两周喝到的:

5)京A Mandarin Wheat, 4.8% ABV

颜色:淡黄

浓/厚 度:低

口感:轻,淡。适合不常喝酒的人士。

评分:70

6)京A Worker’s Pale Ale,5% ABV

颜色:棕色

浓/厚 度:中

口感:舒适,沁人心脾

评分:90

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经过这次体验,我认为京A Worker’s Pale Ale最让我满意。

 

 

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