I agree that complaining seem to be part of the culture. It used to annoy me much more as I'm a problem solver and it seems nobody wanted to hear any solutions. Now I realize people are just trying to de-stress or relate to others and just pretend to listen. I still have trouble with my own parents complain about money, though. We all came from very poor background, especially my dad. The family members are dying of starvation kind of poor. We were all slightly malnourished as children. But now their wastefulness (and complaints about money) just astound me. About half they food they bought are thrown out, and they want the best of everything. I guess they feel they deserve that after decades of hard work.
i.e. Me - I buy a BBQ chicken, eat it with my family for a meal, then pick off all meat and freeze them for soup later, then I crush the carcass and make a pot of chicken stock.
My parents - buy a BBQ chicken, eat a few bites, put in the fridge, nag each other a few more times about eating it but neither of them ate any more. Toss it out after a week in the fridge.
My mom's mouth was very big when she saw me processing the chicken. I told her other people here do that too and she didn't believe me.