What was China like in the 2000s?
I kind of stole the idea from another poster who asked about 1995, but I'm genuinely curious about how China was like in the 2000s, especially the mid- to late 2000s. We all know that now China's economy is slowing down, but that the country has become more prosperous in things like high-speed trains, personal consumption, and so on, that there's a serious moral vacuum, and that the govt keeps limiting media, online and artistic freedoms. Were things better in the 2000s? Was there less dishonesty and rudeness or more? Did more people care about media freedoms and human rights then or was it just as apathetic as it is now IMO? Especially for expats who lived through this time, what did you all think?
buddy of mine was making 160-200 rmb an hour for ESL teaching in Beijing nearly 15 years ago.
How much do ESL guys usually make per hour these days?
I heard in Bj that it's the same. There's always someone trying to screw you over though, so to me it's not worth it.
however the centers will charge 500-1000 an hour and then try to rip off a teacher over 50 rmb difference an hour.
Could you describe what teaching english was like back then?
"Hey kids, what shall we talk about today? "Sorry I'm late but I had a hell of a night last night. What? No, that's not vomit and beer on my shirt! Ignore the smell, you'll get used to it as the class goes on."
Basically the exact same as today except for less money.
Haha any stories about particularly crazy expats?
Well, loads but I kind of got pissed off with their bullshit. It was a lot easier to fuck your students back in the day and it was a lot easier to get out of trouble with the cops.
A few years ago it seemed like it just wasn't worth the cops time to arrest or charge foreigners (no bribe money? just too much hassle? I don't know) so many people just behaved like animals and created the stereotypes we all have to live down today.
I realize that this may well still be true in Tier 100 cities today. I'm always a little bit suspicious of foreigners who choose to live in Nongguo because there's always the possibility that they are real pigs who behave like wankers, get off on the ability to fuck lots of girls, get treat like celebrities and work in education without any qualifications.
Still, they're running out of time.
*OK: some of them weren't exactly 'pressured', there's such a thing as a Chinese girl who likes to fuck foreigners. I know you're thinking I'm just jealous, maybe I am (ツ)/
Aaah, did you get too fat in China, are non white or marry a girl too fast?
less nationalism, and with the olympics coming up there was a lot of excitement and pride, but it felt different from the "daioyu is ours/china is great" sort of pride. You could still feel a bit of that before the upcoming Expo.
Even in Beijing people would still take pictures of the foreigner. It also felt being a foreigner was special - sure you were a walking wallet, but you were also treated better. Nowadays you're just another person in the mass of people. Oh, and there was no wechat and no phone-zombies everywhere. And not everything was plastered with advertisements and those stupid video+sound ads.