Jasper Li， M.A. from Southwest University (2012)
Answered 17h ago
I can name a few.
Gun. In China， ordinary citizens are not allowed to own a gun and illegal possession of a gun can lead to sentence into jail for years. In the USA， it is just a matter of certificate.
Marijuana and other drugs. In China， selling drugs is a felony， which could put u into jail for years or even sentence to death. Taking drugs is also a crime. Chinese police crack down drug planting and trafficking on borders every year.
Coffee machine and coffee beans. Most Chinese citizens do not drink coffee. Surely an increasing number of youngsters go to Starbucks and employees drink instant coffee for refreshing， but they do not buy a grinder and put coffee beans into it for making a fragrant cup of Cappuccino. In local Chinese supermarkets， you can’t even find them on racks.
Tea bags. You can find Lipton in foreign supermarkets but we prefer loose-leaf tea rather than tea bags. They are provided in some hotel rooms but in most circumstances they would be untouched after checkout.
Motor house. It is widely used among retired elderly in the USA， compared to China， where once a retired couple traveling around Northwest China had been extensively reported on media.
Deodorant. Most of Chinese descents do not have armpits odour due to Gene evolution， even when sweaty after workout in summer. They don’t need deodorant to cover body odour.
Depilatory wax. Almost same reason as above； we are just not hairy. Some males are， but they use scissors or razors.
Fast food raw materials. Like cheese and hamburger buns. People do go to Mcdonald and KFC， but they are not interested in making them.
Dishwasher. Some young people may buy this but still hand wash pultery， dishes and bowls. It is rarely bought or used.
Large-sized carpet. I mean a whole piece of carpet that fully covers a room. We prefer tiles in living room and wooden floor in bedroom. Some family put small pieces in living room for decoration.
Vacuum cleaner. This is for carpets， so you may already figure out why we don’t use it. We prefer brooms and mops. Recently， Xiaomi cleaning robot has gone flourishing and many households purchased it.
Clothes drier. Hanging washed clothes outdoor is our first choice. Some washing machines have drying function but we merely use it.
Alex Pérez， studied at Concordia University， Montreal
Deodorant (the kind for your armpits) is hard to find because Chinese people generally don’t need to use any. I’ll get called a racist for this， but the truth is most of them don’t smell bad when they sweat.
Coffee beans and grinders are exceedingly difficult to find even in second-tier cities， which is strange because coffee is becoming more popular， but I guess it hasn’t quite caught on as an at-home thing for many Chinese.
But most importantly： the one product that is ubiquitous in the USA， but which is for all intents and purposes totally non-existent in China is GUNS of any kind. And you know what？ People here are not afraid of their fellow men and women. In fact， women walk around at night completely alone， even down badly-lit paths (my apartment complex is full of dark， winding paths)， utterly without fear. And you know what else？ They’re entirely right to do so， because China is actually an incredibly peaceful and safe place to live.
So， for all you US-Americans who think it’s impossible to live safely in close quarters with others without “protection” in the form of a gun (which is to say， without the security of having on hand the most cowardly form of deadly force imaginable)： you might want to consider how much of a role your own culture plays in your assumptions about the evil that men do.
Emanuel Leung， lived in China (2011-2012)
Chinese people still prefer to hand-wash their dishes. Even in wealthy families， all they do is hire people to do it rather than use a dishwasher. Its just not popular there.