Skip to comments.‘Is this what the west is really like?’ How it felt to leave China for Britain
Posted on 07/01/2018 8:27:36 PM PDT by Zhang Fei
Do you have a Chinese passport? She stared at me with a cold, calm intensity, clutching my British passport.
I took out my Chinese passport and handed it to her through the narrow window.
She flipped through its pages. The way she handled it gave me a sudden stomach ache. I sensed something bad was coming.
You know its illegal to possess two passports as a Chinese citizen? she remarked in her even-toned, slightly jarring voice.
Illegal? I repeated. My surprise was totally genuine. It had never occurred to me that having two passports was against Chinese law.
The woman glanced at me from the corner of her eye. I couldnt help but feel the judgment she had formed of me: a criminal! No, worse than that, I was a Chinese criminal who had muddied her own Chinese citizenship with that of a small, foreign state. And to top it all, I was ignorant of the laws of my own country.
She then flipped through my visa application, which was attached to my British passport, and announced: Since this is the first time you are using your western passport, we will only issue you a two-week visa for China.
What? I was speechless. I had applied for a six-month family visit visa. Before I could even argue, I saw her take out a large pair of scissors and decisively cut the corner off my Chinese passport. She then threw it back out at me. It landed before me on the counter, disfigured and invalid.
I stared, without comprehension, at this once-trusted document. The enormity of what had just happened slowly began to register. Although I was totally ignorant of most Chinese laws, I knew this for certain: when an embassy official cuts your passport, you are no longer a Chinese
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Then stay in China
I would not want to live in either China or England but if I had to, and having been to both, I would quickly choose England.
Multiple citizenship should be illegal...
This is a pile of emotional crap. None of the facts back the emotions. I would forget this. This lady has lots of choices. Most of the world would love to be her. She is just selling a magazine article.
Actually, something similar had happened to me (not that I have any sympathy for her)..
After being through both the USAF and US Army, I had forgotten that I had a delayed University Loan (was around $10K)...
About 2 months after I received my 2nd passport (renewal).. I had gone to the Embassy in Tokyo (had to get something or another stamped to get married).
The Japanese worker @ the window asked for my passport, I handed it over (no problem ;))
She then took out a device/tool than crunched it on my passport that poked holes through it diagonally that spelled out “CANCELLED”
She just invalidated my 2 month old passport >.<
Long story short, she hates foreigners ;) (she actually had a big smile on her face as she destroyed my 2 month old passport)... >.<
... by playing on the emotions of The Guardian's socialist readership.
That much she learned during her sojourn.
This piece of propaganda is from the Guardian. Why am I not surprised.
Typical Guardian piece, indeed, full of holes in it and with the typical lack of comments.
Chinese girl, who doesn’t speak English (but has read the Forsythe Saga) goes to England to find the Dada Movement but instead finds that no one speaks to her, it rains a lot and somehow wealthy Marylebone is full of teenagers straight out of Clockwork Orange!
Of course, what this pathetic No Speakee The English doesn’t get to until about the 10th paragraph is that she was apparently accepted at a nice British film school to learn how to be a documentarian and has a background in European film. So much for being a coolie practically begging for a job on the rail!
In the end just another I Hate the West Because It Doesn’t Resemble The Sh*thole From Where I Came hit piece.
I have met many California refugees in Texas with the same mindset.
That’s even crazier!
Cfikes! What a whine fest. This is what you get with a one child policy. Spoiled, whiny 30 year old adolescents.
I nominate you to be the FR synopsizer, because your was on point, humorous, and played into my disdain of arrogant foreigners.
She couldn’t go to the “Blitish Counsel”?
It’s amazing how people are surprised by the actions of despots. When you go home to your country, it is best to complain about life in America because if you tell the truth, people get angry. One of my bosses went home to his home country and people wanted to know how many gunfights he had seen and was he ever threatened by the KKK.
Unless they have lived here, they cannot comprehend it. The first year International students live in terror of the police. If they have never been to the US, they get a crash course from an upperclassman.
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