#12 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
Last month, the auto-show took place in Shanghai. One of the agence in charge of the hostesses was French Touch, a filial of GL events. I already work for it in France so I was able to work at the auto-show, on Mercedes-Benz booth. What an amazing human experience! Actually, I was the only foreigner working for it. All my colleagues were Chinese girl, who were fluent in English. It was a great opportunity for me to learn about their cultural habits, and to discuss about their point of view on foreigners' way of life.
In fact, Chinese girl are the subject of many stereotypes, but this job enabled me to understand the way they live. They were all at University, working in part-time job in order to buy Forever 21 clothes or the brand-new iPhone 6. They were wearing fake eyes colors due to lentils, and some of them had an operation to cut a part of their eyelids to obtain Western-eyes. I quickly understood that they were eager to look like Western girl, probably to make a difference. They were all putting a lot of white powder in the morning to change their complexion, curling their straight hair, and dreaming of blond hair. I have to admit that a Chinese girl with big blue eyes is weird, but the most strange thing for them was me.
We had to have lunch on the auto-show, and the choice of food was very restricted: pizza or Chinese food. As long as I hate Chinese food and can't stand rice anymore, I asked for a pizza on the first day, and all girls were very angry. One of them was so angry that I thought she was on the way to cry, just because she wanted rice as main dish. She said: 'I eat rice three times per day since 20 years, I'm not going to change it today.' At this moment, I understood that they really ate rice every time they ate something, even at breakfast...
Chinese culture is so different from ours, but I have to admit that it has many good points for us: the low price of manucures you can do everywhere in the street or at the fake market, as cheap as permanent fake eye-lashes I tried too since I arrived. China is know for all the fake things you can find and buy for peanuts, especially when you are a girl. But be careful, fake is quite fun when it is controlled!
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