16 Things Expats in China are Tired of Hearing Back Home

By That's, January 6, 2017

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Any expat who's spent enough time in China inevitably has to answer the same questions when they visit home for a holiday. Here are just some of the things expats are sick of explaining to curious friends and relatives back in their home country.

1. "So what is China like?"

That's kind of a big question

2. "Wow, that must have been a really long flight!"

You don't say

3. "Can you speak Chinese?"


4. "So you must be really fluent in Chinese now."

Curb Your Enthusiasm

5. "What made you decide to go to China?"


6. "I heard the pollution in China is really bad!"

You don't say

7. "I heard that in China [insert widely reported misconception]. Is that true?"

Oh please

8. "Can you use chopsticks?"

Obama shrug

9. "Do they have [insert foreign brand] over there?"

Miracle on 34th street

10. "Do you ever get culture shock over there?"

I don't know how to answer that question

11. "What do Chinese people think of [insert foreign brand/person/country]?"

Hillary Clinton shrug

12. "What does China think of Trump?"


13. "Do you have a Chinese [wife/husband] yet?"

James Harden

14. "So how much longer do you think you'll stay over there?"


15. "When are you coming back for good?"

Seinfeld shrug

16. "But really... are you ever coming back?!"

Michelle Obama shrug

[Images via Giphy, NBC]

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