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Why don’t the Chinese say hello at the supermarket

Why don't the Chinese say hello at the supermarket

The Chinese of the return became an institution. They are part of our community. We all have a Chinese supermarket right there. A neighbor of the neighborhood believes that these redoubts or establishments are intelligence “bases” of the government of that country.

Jian never says hello. By email we get the decalogue of why the Chinese do not say hello in Argentina. Nice idea. Excited, we decided to try something really different: we go one day just to be friendly.

-Hi Jian.

– …

-Is Jian well said?

-Quevayevá … -sounds like that.



-Nothing, I just wanted to say hello Jian. Bye, good afternoon.

Xia Lu Or Eva Blanco Is A Political Scientist And Studies The Relationship Between China And Argentina.  Photo German Garcia Adrasti

Xia Lu or Eva Blanco is a political scientist and studies the relationship between China and Argentina. Photo German Garcia Adrasti

Possible explanations

The Chinese writer Eva White it’s actually called Lu Xia. He made the first novel written in the Spanish language by a young migrant from that country. She is a political scientist and right now she is writing a forthcoming book in which she dedicates a chapter / catalog to that existential doubt that many Argentines have: why don’t the Chinese say hello?

– Does it happen only in Argentina or is it like that in all countries …?

-It’s our culture.

-Don’t say hello …

-Must save energy for the people we care about

Eva smiles almost all the time with her full moon face and her eyes slanting in a true slanting gaze.

-Are there Chinese living in Argentina who dedicate themselves to other items that are not restaurants and supermarkets?

-Only 10%. In Argentina there are about 150 thousand Chinese and 90% is dedicated to supermarkets, restaurants and dry cleaners. The remaining ten do business of another type or work in offices. I write, but I make a living exporting wines.

For some, Chinese supermarkets are aesthetically the same. In all of them there is the same code of beauty. Others (a Chinese story?) Agree that the same supermarkets are the territory of that country: each family comes for a certain period and is then replaced by another Chinese family.

Ten out of ten people surveyed by this newspaper recognize that the only contact they have with that civilization is through iconic shops. Around 13,000 Chinese supermarkets operate nationwide.

-Eva, what is the best super Chinese in the Federal Capital?

MMM, I could not tell you.

At The National Level There Are More Than 8000 Chinese Supermarkets, Which Have Their Own Identity.

At the national level there are more than 8000 Chinese supermarkets, which have their own identity.

Education concepts

The Chinese are bothered by the issue of our lateness. In that sense they can’t stand us. “Time is our best teacher in life.”

-So the Chinese are not educated?

-It’s not like that, Why greet strangers? Social consensus of 1,400 million Chinese: mass greeting is not a big issue for us. In Chinese terms, being polite is not bothering the other. It is not rude not to greet a stranger.

-The myth: “All the wines sold in Chinese supermarkets are from asphalt pirates.”

– Impossible, I do not believe in that myth and as happens with many gossip, this one has bad intentions and seeks to dirty the Chinese image. The operation of a super has no nationality. Each supermarket operates individually.

Eva arrived in Argentina in 2011. She decided to call herself Eva and it has nothing to do with Eva Duarte. He declares himself “80 percent Peronist.” He translated into Mandarin a biography of Cristina Kirchner. Before the pandemic broke out, as if sensing it, she decided to isolate herself and garrison herself because she says she likes to spend a lot of time alone.

A Wine Gondola In A Chinese Supermarket.  What Is Said About Them Is Not Good.

A wine gondola in a Chinese supermarket. What is said about them is not good.

The ten reasons

Here is the surprising decalogue of why the Chinese do not say “good morning” at the supermarket:

one) The Chinese are practical. They seek efficiency above all else. They save energy for your intimate people. When a Chinese or a Chinese considers you a friend or trustworthy people, they not only say hello but also embrace, entertain and give gifts and invitations.

two) Interpersonal relationships are spider web. Like throwing stones into the lake. There are many circles: the first is for family, then for close friends and distant relatives, teachers, fellow students or colleagues. Further away, in that circular sequence, appear neighbors and strangers.

3) We consider those who go to our (Chinese) supermarket “strangers”. Each circle has its own codes of language and behavior. What we can share with close friends we cannot share with family or clients.

4) Not disturbing the other is important in China. To greet is to invade the space of others.

5) In China it is more common to greet with a glance, without saying anything.

6) The reality is different in one country and another. In Beijing, for example, a city with 30 million inhabitants, a teller serves 10,000 individuals a day. Can’t greet everyone.

7) Living in Argentina, a Chinese greets his neighbor when he shares an elevator. In China, entering an elevator means meeting 50 neighbors. Should we greet them all? The same in other areas: the toll of a Beijing highway is a place where about 60 thousand cars pass every day. They have to charge ten or 20 times more people than here. It is physically impossible to think of the greeting.

8) Not showing emotions is a merit, the same as not attracting attention. The way that serves is the inner way. The low profile is considered a credit to our people. Being invisible in many moments and occasions is declared a virtue. We are convinced that this 3,000-year-old culture affects the behavior of every person of Chinese origin.

9) We will be incorporating western codes although there are ingrained customs. But if there are people who do not want to greet strangers, that should not be offensive.

10) There are different ways to show respect. In a Chinese restaurant they may not say hello either, but they do everything very quickly and you feel good. In an Argentine restaurant they say hello, but it takes 15 minutes to bring the bill and one has to make an angry digestion. It is preferable that they do not say hello to that they disrespect my time.


Reference from clarin