I see it like this. In the US if I went up to a random Asian person and trying practicing Chinese, it would probably be seen as racist (the person might be Korean, not know Chinese, think it is obnoxious to speak Chinese when the language in society is English, etc). But this world knowledge is based on my experience as an adult. I don't blame these kids and can't be angry at them. I also really don't mind it at all if I'm not busy, I think its kind of cute and perhaps it can make a positive difference in these kids' lives. At the same time, I feel teachers/parents shouldn't be encouraging this. First, not all white people are English-speaking; this practice is instilling a weird stereotype about a population which has little exposure to non-Chinese. Second, in my experience most of the foreigners in Kunming are nice and interesting people (some of best people I've ever met), but as with any random sample you're bound to run into some asshole who would be rude, yell, or even hit the kids. Not to mention many of these venues serve alcohol and the given laowai might be drunk. Third, some people go to these places to work (like me, for instance). What if we went to your workplace and interrupted what you're doing to play some games?
Just my thoughts. But really it doesn't bother me much. I'm just curious who is promoting this activity.
mmkunmingteacher, I'm not arguing whether or not BK is crap food. All I'm saying is that people shouldn't be so passionate about their BK ideologies that this thread has been active for over a month. Its just fucking burger king. If back home in the US there were an actually interesting restaurant about to open - like say an 24 hour Ethiopian restaurant which had Laotian midget waiters serving customers on unicycles - no online venue would pay this absurd amount of attention to its opening. In response to your thoughts on Westerners in China I do agree, but then again a good deal of Westerners want to exist in a silly expat bubble where they can live in a country where the masses don't speak English and they don't have to attempt learning the language or understanding the culture. Let them, those people are missing out.
I'm just going to cut in after casually seeing the development of this tread since it was first posted. The opening of a BK doesn't warrant the amount of attention and discussion that the gokunming lurkers have given it. If you're against eating meat, nothing you can do or say will convince meat eaters to stop eating meat. If you think BK is low class, nothing you can do can convince BK fans that BK is garbage. Get over yourselves people, this isn't an issue. Live and let eat.
Lately I've been approached by several kids in expat places to have English small talk, sign my name on a paper, and then have my picture taken with the kids (I'm an American laowai). This doesn't bother me at all and I think its kind of humorous. Conversely, I can imagine that this would irritate other people in laowai community. Does anyone know what's the deal with the signature and picture?
I'm craving pizza and given the reviews and the pictures on the Lost Garden site, I'm probably going to check it out this week. I'm just curious if the pizza is a one-person amount of pizza or more. Can anyone shed some light on this?
This is a good cafe. Better for tea than for coffee; but the coffee is acceptable. A real benefit of this place is its prime location on the Yunda campus. It's a convenient place to meet with students and faculty. The only downside is the slow speed of the internet.