Tuesday, April 15, 2014
USA through Foreign Eyes
A Chinese colleague came to visit the USA for the very first time. He is an educated person, who had been planning this visit for many years. For him, the USA was the dream land, an advanced land, a country that China should model itself by. It was a place where things worked, where progress drove the economy, the technology, people's lives.
He came to Manhattan, and was in shock: The airport was inefficient, the train late, the underground dirty, and most escalators did not work. The roads were laden with potholes, roadwork blocked streets in the middle of rush-hour, and policemen, when asked for help, were rude.
Just like Shanghai thirty years ago,” he said.