China has quite distincitve looks - apart from their usually fairer skin tone.
They Are Everywhere
The Chinese nationals in Singapore is actually not new - they form a segment of the blue collared to university students and savy businessmen in Singapore. However, it has only been on recent weeks that I took notice of the surge on the number of Chinese nationals here - in the nearby neighbourhood.
Actually, this shouldn't come as a surprise as it was reported in the press that the Singapore government has allowed the increase of the number of Chinese nationals of a company from 5 to 10%.
Some locals have lamented on their 'differences' despite being from the similar cultural background. And I agree that at times this glaring difference can be very apparent. Some feel uncomfortable too!
But I have also found some good experiences with the Chinese nationals here. Now that they are more seen in the service sectors, they are learning fast. They seem to be bringing their 'quality service standards' (the ones from like the hotels) from their major cities to here.
You can experience that in 5 star hotels in Beinjing or Shanghai - and now you can experience it here - in your local neighbourhood foodcourts. Going to a foodcourt recently, the Chinese nationals are now the cooks and servers. They will greet you just as you pass by with a Ni Hao or something similar to that extent, even if you are just walking by.
And when you buy at their counter, they welcome you with greetings again. To make your whole purchase a memorable experience, they greet you goodbye after you've ordered & make payment. Though they may not look into your eye, but this is service alrite.
A Singapore Experience
So despite the many negativities surrounding them, I think it's not too bad afterall. In fact, their service makes this a great Singapore experience to both locals & foreigners alike... and at the same time re-enforcing or re-introducing good service standards.
*On a sidetrack, yes, they are different - just like our forfathers who first came here and adapted the local culture. But give them time to adapt & learn a thing or two from our local or localised customs too :)
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