Many of today's Shanghainese had ancestors who came from neighboring areas such as Suzhou, Ningbo, Hangzhou, and even from as far away as Guangdong in the south. The Cantonese who came in with the British as their compradors, and the people from the southern seaport town of Ningbo, who were known as astute bankers, contributed greatly to Shanghai's development as a capital of business and trade. It used to be that Shanghai was welcoming to anyone who was smart, enterprising, and ambitious, and while that still holds true today, many of today's urban class-conscious Shanghainese tend to regard all non-native Shanghainese with some suspicion and condescension. Migrant peasants from poorer neighboring provinces such as Anhui and Jiangxi who do much of the work deemed too lowly by the Shanghainese, such as construction or trash collection, bear the greatest brunt of disdain. This chauvinism is not exclusive to the Shanghainese, of course; the term waidiren is used by Chinese throughout the country to refer to those not of their immediate native soil, and each group naturally tends to think itself superior to all waidiren. Still, the Shanghai brand of chauvinism is particularly strong, and while some of it may be slowly challenged with the increasing influx of educated and ambitious Chinese from other parts of the country, it's still alive and well in the Shanghainese preference for their own dialect whenever possible.
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Live in the city and want to date Shanghai girls? When I visited this city back in I had no idea what to expect - let alone how to meet pretty Chinese women! I wish I had someone who could give me a quick rundown on what the local ladies were like. After all - you walk around and notice them all around you. Is there any way we can turn a casual encounter into a date? Confidence does come from knowing what to do. Is there a quick 3-step plan we can fall back on?
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Hello my name is Johan. How can I help you? This blog has kindly been written by Carl Cheung on his experience of starting to learn Shanghainese.
I am Chinese American, but I was raised speaking a language that is unintelligible even to most Mandarin speakers: Shanghainese. But as I grew older, I began to realize no one around me knew how to speak the language I shared with my parents. While my fellow American-born-Chinese peers in high school told inside jokes to each other in Mandarin, I felt inadequate and dumb for not being able to chime in. Even in Shanghai, where the dialect originated, young people my age were never taught how to speak it.