National Pride of the Chinese and Feeling like a Freak in Shanghai - Jack Morey

January 12, 2011 by Kristel Fillmore

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I must thank my wife, Karen, for contributing to this blog as she was actually the first one to recognize the national pride of the Chinese.

In America it seems more common to see foreigners posing for pictures at our national landmarks.  In China, the local citizens gleamed with pride as they photographed each other on the Bund posing in front of the unbelievable skyline of the Shanghai financial district.  It was almost as if they were cheering “we have arrived and are equal”.

Ok, now the freak part. While standing on the Bund, the father of a five year old boy put his son in my hands so he could take a picture with my wife and me.  Imagine for a moment being taller, blonder, fatter, and balder than anyone around for miles (my wife was only in the blonder and taller category).  Then out of nowhere a complete stranger puts his son in your arms, breaks out a camera, and the people within eye sight all start laughing.  I felt like one of the freaks at the original Coney Island.  I ended up putting the boy high above my head creating the biggest scene I could……and it worked.  I guess being a freak is just a matter of perspective.

-Jack

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January 24, 2011 at 10:48 am

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mike says:

January 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Are the Chinese people really that rude as to mock someone who is different in such a way??  That’s sad. I’m glad you kept your cool and didn’t take it to heart.  It just seems pretty rude of that guy to do that.  :(

Carl says:

January 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

What a great story.  Hope you are enjoying your visit to the far east.  Hope to get there in the future ourselves.  I’m curious about the other attractions at the theme park you visited?  Are they similar to ours?

Greg says:

January 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

It is common for the chinese to get a picture with an American, they say it is good luck.  I was on the great wall and everyone around could not get close enough to get a picture with an American.  Makes you proud to be an American.

Peter Theunisz says:

January 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Hello Jack, Karen,

Must have been a strange experience to be the tourist attraction yourself.
Didn’t they ask for an autograph or a picture with you and Karen?
The Chinese are very friendly though.

Have a nice stay in China!
Kind regards,
Peter

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