Life according to one’s own plan
It is very common to see the so-called “expat bubble” in China and other countries across the world ( Are you in or not? September 15).
Back when I was working in Brazil, I definitely preferred staying within the Chinese community a lot more, even though I speak Portuguese well.
I also shopped at Chinese supermarkets and dined at Chinese restaurants. I had Brazilian friends, but I did not keep them as close as the Chinese ones.
I think it’s human nature to bond with anything you are familiar with because uncertainty has always been the biggest enemy in the evolution process.
Human beings are social animals, yet they do not always want to be too “social” in a foreign country.
One can also blame cultural differences or even homesickness when an individual refuses to integrate into a stranger’s community.
However, in the end, speaking for myself, I would say it is simply that people would always choose the simpler way when facing problems, be they big or small.
But maybe such a phenomenon is not to be judged because it shows how varied and inclusive our society can be.
It suggests that one can choose his own way of life and circle of friends, and live a happy life according to his own plan.
Andre Wong, by e-mail