Here are some common China misconceptions I noticed from my fellow Americans:
It’s like 1984
“So Mary, how is life in China?” my friend calling from America asked.
“It’s ok, but the Internet here is terrible,” I sigh. “The Chinese government sucks and they block everything. I’m surprised they even allow Skype to work.”
“…Mary…” I could feel my friend’s eyes searching the room, almost like he was looking for someone behind the wall wiretapping our conversation. “Are you sure you can… you know… talk like that? What if the government is listening now?”