- Posted March 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What’s your secret spot in Beijing?
This is not to say that the Chinese are void of manners on a bus. To the contrary. Whenever an elderly or feeble person boards the bus, there is usually someone who will quickly give up his or her seat. (For the most part, there are very few buses that are equipped with disability lifts to aid disabled or wheelchair bound passengers). For the rest of the passengers, boarding a bus or moving to the door to exit is all an exercise in playing Chinese football – push and shove and don’t look back.
Can they change such behavior even when they are aware of what manners are? No. Grandparents, parents are seen hurling their children through a crowed bus stop, so naturally this is what they grow up believing how to deal with a bus. When the topic of such poor manners is broached with a Chinese, their standard reply is that “there are so many people”. A poor excuse for thinking. Look at the bus. It is already crowed so where will you sit after you have run over everyone else?
The concept of creative thinking is outside the Chinese mentality. Ideas such as complaining to authorities, boycotting bus companies or organizing campaigns for change in bus service are all met with feelings that they will reap nothing but personal reprisal from some authority somewhere. So the service remains the way it is and the people quietly complain to themselves but continue to believe they will find a seat through the use of poor manners.