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Opinion: Extra assistance, plenty of compliments and flouting the rules accompany a young foreigner’s sense of ‘white privilege’ in China

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
The fact is that most of the time China is difficult for foreigners to navigate," writes Sophie Haas. "Sometimes I feel that I cave to the temptation of getting special treatment despite my best intentions because without it, I often feel like I’m walking around blindfolded."
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.