When can you complain about China?
â€œModeration is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.â€ – Henry Kissinger
Do you think expats in China have a right to complain about China?
If so, when should this ‘right’ start? One year? Ten? When you are gray haired like the guy in the picture?
Rick wrote an article about this over at Lost Laowai, and though this has been written about countless times already by many in China, it’s worth touching upon briefly:
How Long Until You Can Complain About China?
How many years must pass until one crosses the threshold from “visiting China” to “living in China”? Many expats in China get fed the line that they are guests in another country, even when they have lived there for many years.
Why is this? Is it right? Should we be able to complain about China?
If not, won’t we all go stark raving mad?
China Complaints in Moderation
As you can guess from the quote above, I think complaints are okay if they are done in moderation, and to the ‘appropriate’ people, and for your own safety more than anything, don’t touch upon very sensitive subjects. Appropriate people include:
- Fellow China Bloggers / Other Expats in China
- Significant Others
- Family & Friends Back Home
- True & Close Chinese Friends
The nature of the complaint also carries a lot of weight, no doubt.
And this is just how I see things – you may think that anyone in China should have the right to shout their complaints anywhere at the top of their lungs… If so, you probably won’t be in China very long (unless it’s a dark, dank prison cell…) But there are many shades of gray in between this and the above guideline – and it would be great to hear what you think about this.