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I've never been to mainland China, but was completely amused at all the press attention our respective leaders received yesterday. First, the Chinese are offended that Obama was chewing his Nicorette gum, which the American public is used to seeing. The President was an avid smoker before entering the White House, and I have no doubt he will resume the habit once he's out of the White House. In the interim, he tries to curb his cravings with this gum. I assume his desire for a cigarette is at its highest during stressful events, like yesterday, when he is on the world stage. But, I'm most amused, and confused, that the Chinese censored Putin putting the shawl on the wife of the Chinese President. Why??

Last night, when I was watching the news, I heard several American commentators call Putin's act "noble" and "gentlemanly". Why did the Chinese consider his act censor worthy? I don't know who would ever want to enter politics in today's age, where almost every single moment of your life is put on display, and analyzed by social media, body language experts....the list is endless. Politicians - they are still humans. Some good, some bad, some evil. I think the public sometimes loses sight of this.

Who knows a lot about Chinese culture? Explain this situation to me. I have no interactions with the Chinese in my lawyer life, or thus far in my travel life. Now I'm very curious to explore the customs and culture of this mysterious land...because they seem very unique and quite formal. The opposite of American culture, and I'm always attracted to the strange and unusual. In travel and almost all aspects of life.


Nov. 12th, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
он наверное забыл о жвачке
Nov. 12th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
I don't know what he was thinking? But it would have been worse if he walked in with a cigarette in his mouth. :)
Nov. 13th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
No. Attitudes towards Smoking in China is very different from European (American) ones. It is the same as was in US in 19th century or in USSR till 50-s of XX.

Edited at 2014-11-13 03:33 am (UTC)
Nov. 13th, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
But even in business situations? For instance, it would be acceptable for a man to start smoking a cigarette during a business conference or meeting in China?
Nov. 14th, 2014 03:41 am (UTC)
I've been to China as a tourist and I'm not an expert of Chinese mentality. But chinese smoking people irritated me with their smelly cigarette. Chinese people have a personal space equals 0.0 inches and assume that yours is the same. :-(
I ask friend of mine. He has participated in a lot of business negotiations - he said: "The same shit!"


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