排外

Pronounced: pái wài
Literally: exclude outers
Means: (1) to be xenophobic. (2) to be xenophobic toward other Chinese who aren’t locals. This is a common attitude in all major cities, but Shanghai is especially notorious for giving non-local Chinese (migrant workers, domestic tourists) second-class treatment. The “外” (wài / “out”) can refer both to foreigners (外国人 / “out-country-people”) and out-of-towners (外地人 / “out-place-people”).

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