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Originally posted by sinfulgirl at 2007-11-25 13:04
not for the fighting, but for the discussing...
I agree that according to the proportion of the educated population, Chinese are not considered well-educated., that's why some Chinese are consid ...
I am not sure if I can agree with you (or understand you fully). But what you relate about the Chinese rudeness because of CR can happen to anyone, any race and any people. It is not be "typically" Chinese and it can happen to the westerners as well.
Quite gladly, when I travel in China, I have not met any particularly "rude" Chinese. Yes, I have seen (but not met)* Chinese who spit, Chinese who spoke loudly, who jumped queue and who shoved (though like I said they were not "hostile").
*(but not met) = referring to Chinese (total strangers) whom I spoke, chatted up or approached to ask for road directions and other assistance or make enquiries.
Yes, there was an incident in a bus I was travelling on and the bus driver shouted at the top of his lungs at a cyclist whom he almost knocked down at a small road turning. To a foreigner, the driver's behaviour of shouting loudly while servicing the commuters would have been perceived as "rude". However, if you understand the LANGUAGE and the reason behind his shouting at that timid cyclist you would not have considered his reaction "rude". I was in the bus and sitting near the driver's seat and so I was witness to the whole incident. I suppose the cyclist was in the wrong (although I am not sure if there was any right or wrong in this instance on Chinese roads which were quite (often) "chaotic"). The cyclist was taking a risk to cut into the bus lane which could cost his life, and he thus aroused the "anger" of the bus driver.
Of the other Chinese "rude" habits that are often criticised by the westerners, like spitting and queue-jumping, please think and understand whose "standards" are we applying to criticise these behaviour. If you apply the "western" standard of behaviour, then there is no Chinese behaviour that is NOT rude except in servility.
To me, I think the Chinese people are "privileged" to enjoy so much freedom in their behaviour and yet they all got along with each other congenially without incurring the wrath and animosity of each other (or not at least in a big way). This type of "freedom" would not have been possible to the westerners who needed to maintain a certain "standard of behaviour" to avoid a bloodbath.
So, think again when you consider Chinese behaviour and what is considered "rude".
[But it is a good thing how easily we can brainwash those westerners. :)]