Qiqihar University, I love you...

Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 31, 2011

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Flag of China  , Heilongjiang,
Thursday, June 10, 2010

And when I say I love you, I don't really mean it.

Turns out Next week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we're not meeting at all due to the celebration of Chu Yuan and the dragon boat races. However, to make up for the lost days we're going to class on Saturday and Sunday. Right. They just told us this this past week. This isn't a new phenomenon here. They can't tell me when classes end for this semester and when classes start next semester. Thus, I do not want to go here next semester. Also remember that they couldn't even tell me when classes start. This school is by far the worst school I have ever seen in my life (I could go on and on about many things, but I won't for now).

The school celebrations are always contrived (this is true of everywhere in China). Like last time, I will not be attending the festivities, but instead roaming the country side. They usually start off with a really boring speech given by the school leader (or another person that doesn't care), followed by another, followed by another. You get the point. Then something else happens. it's usually quite showy, but since there was no time or effort put into the event it looks visually substandard. It doesn't matter so long as there is a warm body 'doing' the work. After an hour or so of this, the actual event starts. Then it ends and people file out. The entire production can last for up to 5 hours. Rarely it does, but It's not something I want to be part of.

I've had problems with some of my tutoring work, too. This is nothing new. When Chinese people decide they don't want to show up any more they just don't show up. Nevermind that I spent the time to prepare their lessons and sit and wait for them. As part of my lessons I also teach them western culture. One of the things I focus on is that if they can't come to a lesson for any reason they need to call and let me know. That is a sign of respect in the west. They don't care. They're saving face by not telling me. Glad to see that they have their problems solved. Go team. Remember, these are the people that say they're going to take over the world.

When this happens I do retaliate a little bit. Chinese people always ask for your phone number. Usually they don't call, but sometimes they do. Instead of giving them my name and phone number, I give them the name and phone number of a previous student who ditched me. Obviously, I don't know if they ever call them, but I would like to be a fly on the wall if they ever did.

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