Will Ford

Will Ford is a freelance journalist who has lived, worked, and studied in China. He is currently based in Beijing. 

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Talking Second-Amendment Rights in China

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I’m a U.S. citizen, and I live with Chinese, British, and Brazilian roommates in Beijing. In China, introductions tend to elicit specific responses from locals, and it’s always an interesting representation of a given country’s warped reputation. When the Brit introduces himself, he’s often labeled a gentleman. When the Brazilian shakes hands, Chinese compliment him on his country’s soccer prowess and inquire whether he can dance the Rumba.

When I introduce myself as American, I’m frequently asked whether I own a gun.