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5 - Costa Rica in Brief
6 - Map of Costa Rica
8 - Symbols of Costa Rica
9 - Introduction
12 - Getting a Bird's Eye View
14 - Why Choose Costa Rica?
18 - Costa Rica Has Many Firsts to its Name
22 - A Place That Accepts All Races
30 - The Friendliness of the Costa Ricans
33 - Ticos are Individualistic
35 - Ticos Are Different and Procrastinators
38 - Why Others Have Gone Abroad
42 - Specific Reasons for Leaving Home
45 - Culture Shock
48 - Enjoy Your Retirement by Adjusting
49 - Ways to Adjust to Your New Life
56 - Making Your Stay More Satifying
58 - Cost of Living
67 - Addresses and Directions
69 - Your Car and Driving
71 - How Not to Be Obnoxious to Locals
74 - Adjusting to the Weather and Climate
76 - Choosing the Right Climate for You
77 - City Living versus Country Living
79 - Where to Live in Costa Rica
82 - Living in Your American Style
84 - Top Quality Health Services
87 - Medical Centers in San José
89 - Dying in Costa Rica
91 - Security and Safety in Costa Rica
94 - Personal Experiences of Petty Thievery
98 - Sex and Romance
101 - Going into Business Yourself
105 - Expatriates Production Enterprises
110 - Expatriates Service Businesses
114 - The Business Environment
120 - Helpful Tips for the Newcomer
125 - National Holidays and Festivities
128 - Religion, Churches & Support Groups
131 - The Optimism and Health Link
133 - The 8 Point Formula for Anti-Aging
134 - Obtaining Insurance
136 - Early Colonial History in Brief
139 - English Language & Tico Expressions
144 - Misdemeanors That Are Now Felonies
146 - Closing Words
148 - Bibliography
149 - For More Information and Contacts
151 - Appendix
155 - Index

As to Japanese in the country, there are very few, and most of the ones have come to fill top jobs as managers and high echelon employees of the few Japanese firms that have made investments in the country. The Japanese, at least in Costa Rica, seem to feel superior to the Chinese. I became aware of that one morning at the 'Feria del Agricultor' (farmer's market) when a farmer mistook a Japanese woman for a Chinese. The mistake cost the farmer a sale and the woman went away with an expression of anger. I wonder if the Japanese express the same feeling toward South Koreans of which there are a few in the country.

The Chinese are very hard-working people. Practically all of them go to Costa Rica searching for economic prosperity. When the poor ones arrive, they first rent a house, use part of it to live in and use the rest to establish a small restaurant. The husband cooks and takes care of the kitchen while the wife looks after the cash register. If they have a son or daughter, he or she takes orders and serves the tables. They buy their vegetables and other food materials at the lowest cost by going to the farmers' market very early in the morning. They're excellent hagglers. By maintaining their costs at the lowest level possible, they're able to make a go of the business.

Once they've made some money, they buy the house they were occupying and maybe expand the restaurant. The ones, who have been able to make a larger fortune generally buy old houses in the principal cities, tear them down and convert the property to a parking lot or build apartments. Most of the more recent arrivals who have come with a substantial amount of cash, invest in larger projects such as industries, real estate developments and casinos. Very few engage in agricultural pursuits.

There is no discrimination or standoffish attitudes against Orientals and these have been well integrated into the national life with mixed marriages being very common. They're known to be big gamblers, heavy smokers and non-drinkers. The Census of 2000 revealed that there were 7800 in Costa Rica. Although they have their own social club, they're welcome everywhere, are well integrated into the national life, and many belong to the more sophisticated private clubs and cultural associations. Most of the second and third generation Chinese speak little of their Asian language and prefer to communicate in Spanish. The more educated ones also speak English.

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