What went wrong?

The pre-1949 European or North American resident in Asia

>usually spoke only a European language, if bookish, took up something respectably impractical like Sanskrit, Persian, Classical Chinese, Manchu, or Old Japanese. Only missionaries, cranks and madmen (but I repeat myself) learned peasant languages like Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, or Hokkien, considered himself benevolent for not smirking too much at the natives' Pidgin English
>condescendingly praised their ayi for her valiant attempt at cooking a beef wellington
>dressed smartly in the Western fashion
>was equally comfortable with beautiful Western wives and girlfriends, or native concubines

The post-1990s "expat"

>speaks one or even several vernacular Asians languages, but poorly enough for the natives to make fun of him, is apologetic about it
>is embarrassed about being seen to eat at KFC or McDonalds even though it's the only reliable way to avoid regular diarrhoea
>dresses either like a slob in cargo shorts and t-shirts, OR is embarrassingly conscious about "being respectful" by dressing like an Asian geek
>has one (1) fat fempat gf, one (1) Asian Christmas cake gf, OR (more likely) is single and self-conscious about it

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  1. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    SEA expats speak several Asian languages on average? Color me surprised.
    Frick globohomosexual fast food.
    Cargo shorts are based because they make homosexuals seethe.
    >Expats in Thailand are single and self-conscious
    one final kek

  2. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >what went wrong?

    you'd have to wind the clock back to 1945 to answer that one

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      More like 1941

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      More like 1941

      No, more like 1914. The suicide of Europe and the old world.

  3. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    There is literally nothing and no-one to stop you from doing those "pre-1949" things today, except yourself.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Except immigration laws that didn't exist 100 years ago

  4. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Is embarrassed about being seen to eat at KFC or McDonalds

    Something tells me you just want to be mad about something and that was a convenient thing to make up

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Don't try and tell me you haven't met those pretentious homosexuals who insist on gross unhygenic local slop cooked in gutter oil at street stands because they think it's "authentic" or whatever.

  5. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Gen Xers and hippies happened.

  6. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    what the frick are you talking about? I swear the post quality on trv has plummeted in the last few months.

  7. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's intriguing how you've presented such a dichotomous view of Western expatriates across two distinct timelines. However, it's essential to recognize that such generalizations, while humorous in intent, might inadvertently overlook the vast array of experiences and interactions that individuals have had over the years. While historical contexts do shape expatriate behavior to some extent, it's perhaps a bit reductionist to categorize them into such binary stereotypes. There are countless individuals who've genuinely engaged with Asian cultures, fostering mutual respect and understanding. Furthermore, it's crucial to approach terms like "fempat" with a degree of sensitivity, as they might perpetuate certain stereotypes. Let's remember to acknowledge the rich tapestry of intercultural interactions and avoid oversimplifications.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks, ChatGPT!

  8. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    read a fricking book

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