I'm kind of wondering why the OP came here.
I really don't understand the spending dichotomy. The traditional culture is quite frugal, which I identify with. Then there's this other culture which values material goods where 90% of what you're paying is brand premium. I understand the mainland isn't much better in that regard. I also don't understand how luxury brands keep their value in society when so many people have access to it. It seems like paying brand premium when there isn't really any cachet? Can upper middle class people here really impress other upper middle class people here via material goods?
Also how do girls here like shopping so much if the apartments are so small? Where would they put it?
Last edited by applejacks; 03-01-2014 at 11:06 AM.
good question. I probably need to establish some type of network here.
This reminds me. I actually like to cook. However a local told me local women are quite proud of how they can't cook, cause when their moms cooked they weren't allowed in the kitchen (kitchens are too small). Now that helpers are so common, manual labor of the domestic sort is looked down upon so not knowing how to cook is a source of pride.
This also reminds me of how speaking poor mandarin or not speaking mandarin is a source of pride.
How natural and/or immature is my "these people just suck" reaction?
This is my first impression thus far.
Last edited by applejacks; 03-01-2014 at 11:26 AM.