I asked an American friend who’s been in China for a year how the year had changed her. She told a story:
I was in a restaurant in Inner Mongolia. This guy was going around smashing things, throwing glasses. He was drunk. I was shocked. I expected a strong reaction: Get out of my restaurant! That’s not what happened. There was no strong reaction. The guy finally left and the staff cleaned up the mess he made. I’ve learned not to react strongly to unusual behavior.
I love this story. That travel changes your assumptions is hardly a new idea but this says it vividly and briefly.