John at Sinosplice brilliantly explains one of the fundamental differences between Chinese and lao wei, and gets himself punched. John first won my love with reasons why life in China is like an RPG.
TalkTalkChina, the home of bitter ex-pats (who secretly love China), is talking about the lao wei funk. The lao wei funk is when you don’t want to go home, but you’ve had one too many near-death experiences involving a pedicab, one too many rounds of bargaining down from the stupid-foreigner prices, one too many “HELLO! YOU BUY! HELLO!” There’s even a picture. (edit: TalkTalkChina is gone now.)