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    (Original post by StealingThunder)
    I only just started at uni this year and haven't made loads of friends but 3 are Chinese, (one of which is British born Chinese, other two from Hong Kong). However sometimes when I'm with them one of their other Chinese friends will come along and they will kind of drop me a bit. (I'm white British.) I think it's just because they feel more comfortable and confident speaking to their other friends. People have made great points on this thread about language and cultural barriers and I think it's completely true. I have tried to be friendly and get to know everyone on my course but I must admit there's a very large cohort from Hong Kong who knew each other before arriving who stick with each other (I'm guessing they reached out to each other over social media or something before arriving?). I sat next to a group of them and tried to speak to them before a lecture but they kind of dismissed my efforts and began speaking amongst themselves in another language, which was kinda sad. One of the main reasons I stayed in London for uni was so I could meet a really diverse bunch of people, as there tends to be all sorts of nationalities coming to London, but there is a sense of if people find people of the same nationality they do seem to group together a bit. This is at its most pronounced with the Chinese students, but I do notice it with the European students too, they get very excited if they meet someone from the same place as them. And I think that's fair enough when you've left your home behind to revel in some common ground, it's just sad when people limit themselves to socialising with people from the same backgrounds.
    I dunno, I've rambled a bit, but I basically agree with what people have been saying 👍👍😂
    Hey there, I'm from HK and I'm currently at a school that has both day and boarding pupils, and my closest friends are actually Brits rather than HK/Chinese people!! I think it really depends on the people you meet, I personally wanted to make friends with non-Chinese people to get to know more about British culture haha.
    I might be different coz my English is fluent as i've grown up in an English-speaking school, but maybe someday you will find some nice Chinese friends who will speak to you in English and not just ignore you?

    (I honestly get somewhat annoyed when Chinese people here speak Chinese at school, they should be here to practise English )
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    Hey there, I'm from HK and I'm currently at a school that has both day and boarding pupils, and my closest friends are actually Brits rather than HK/Chinese people!! I think it really depends on the people you meet, I personally wanted to make friends with non-Chinese people to get to know more about British culture haha.
    I might be different coz my English is fluent as i've grown up in an English-speaking school, but maybe someday you will find some nice Chinese friends who will speak to you in English and not just ignore you?

    (I honestly get somewhat annoyed when Chinese people here speak Chinese at school, they should be here to practise English )
    Oh yeah there are definitely some friendly people, as I said 2 from Hong Kong have made friends with me, and I only really have about 10 friends so that's quite a high proportion! It's just there are a lot of people from Hong Kong on my course and it's difficult to try to join in with them when they're together. (Individually everyone is kind and polite but as a group they seem to prefer each other.)
    I completely understand the language thing, my lab partner is also Chinese and he says very little to me and we sometimes misunderstand each other but get along fine!
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