This week, bloggers at The World of Chinese went to Nanluoguxiang to interview passersby about the latest news in China.
How are the new visa regulations affecting you?
Andy, 35, England: “Appyling for a visa seems much more complicated now. The criminal record checks are considerably annoying because I think I need to go back to the UK to do it which is expensive and time-consuming. Also, if I need to get it notarized I need to go to the Foreign Office which is more time and money.If they clamp down too hard on visa applications, there won’t be any foreigners left here.”
Rick, 38, America: “The changes won’t affect me personally very much because my employers deal with visa applications. They just tell me what information they need and I give it to them.”
Karolina, 29, Poland: “I’m lucky because I already got my one year study visa before the changes happened. It sounds like they’re making it very difficult for expats and that it’s going to be hard for people to get visas.”
A foreigner was fatally stabbed at Joy City Mall last week. Are you concerned about violence against foreigners in China?
Tom, 65, Sweden: “I’m not at all concerned. Violence and attacks happen in every country for all sorts of different reasons. You can’t live in fear.”
Keith, 23, Australia: “I’ve never had any personal experience with violence to make me scared, but some of my friends say that Chinese men can be very domineering and hostile towards Western men, particularly when it comes to Chinese women.”
Peter, 43, Germany: “It’s always slightly scary when you hear stories like this, but I’ve only had good experiences with the Chinese and that’s why I keep coming back here. News stories like this are always in contrast to the experiences I’ve had in China and the people I’ve met here. Because, I’ve always found Chinese people to be very respectful.”
The Chinese government announced they will relax censorship on movie scripts. Do you watch the ‘for China’ versions of movies?
Tobias, 25, Germany: “I don’t watch the Chinese versions of Hollywood films because the censorship always ruins the story by leaving parts out. If I can’t download the full version or watch it on YouTube I wait until I go back to Germany to see the film.”
Ryszard, 29, Poland: “I try to watch the uncensored versions when I can because I think censoring often leave out important scenes in the movie but sometimes I like to watch both the uncensored and censored versions to compare them.”
Rick, 38, America: “I never watch the Chinese versions of films because I think the government is too involved. Instead I stream and download from websites, and I have an American Netflix account that I use with a VPN.”