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You are asking for a few opinions?
There are three Americans that regularly write in this forum, me, snappysammy and JFenix, if there are others, they only occassionally write here, most do not acknowledge they Americans.|
If you are looking for a true statistical answer you would have to poll a representative sample size which is not possible in this forum nor is it possible for China Daily to conduct and it is very doubtful that any American agency could properly conduct.
Most Americans, in my opinion, don't think very much about China at all, they mostly reflect what the US media and US politicians have told them -- as well as whatever bias they have brought forward from an educational system that has said and treated China mostly not at all, except for the fear of the Red Threat of Communism from dead notions of decades past (30 years ago and before). That is my rather well versed perspective on my sampling of the American people on the subject.
My real sense of what Americans think about Chinese is best told from the Chinese who have lived most of their lives in the United States, not the occasional student from China who is confined to his own self-imposed cultural isolation and school -- nor to the occasional tourist that might give impressions of some small sampling from their own bias! That is mostly what the Chinese writers in this newspaper have to their credit, a very limited interaction with Americans
Ask markwu, cestmoi and youknowwhat, they are Chinese who have lived in the United States for a long time.
I have several very close Chinese-American friends that have spent large portions of their lives in this country, one of my best friends is a sixth generation American Chinese. I know what they think, I believe. I have shared their thoughts in this forum over the past seven years.
My opinion on what the Americans think about Chinese are that they are reserved, closed, introverted and difficult to know, they are quiet, smart and goal oriented, they are well-behaved, lawful abiding citizens. They are an asset and not a threat.
On the back side there is the illegal trafficking of Chinese immigrants and the criminal wave that inhabits mostly Chinese self-confined regions of China towns, these include gangs that abuse the Chinese, not other citizens, more prominent is the abuse of females in the sex trade. These are very minor intrusions on the first set of ideals I have laid out before, which is that the Chinese are generally a great asset to our society.
I think you will find that sammy, JFenix and I really like the Chinese people and we find that they like us. Indeed we have all experienced some forms of ignorant abuse from some Chinese, especially in their attempts to defraud us in the market place, or show their didain by spitting at our feet, that aside, these minor infractions we have come to expect and accept and they compare in only a little way with the great respect and love we have found from the Chinese people.
I would say generally, the Chinese are curious, inhibited, open, easy to smile and laugh and have a sense of humor similar to our own, we also find those in the big cities often have a learned bias of crap about what they think we Americans are about and are eager to throw that up in our face (stupid Europeans are also like that). Out in the country-side this is not what we experience from the Chinese -- the Chinese in the big eastern seaboard cities are very different from the rest of China -- that becomes clear enough to most Americans that ever spent a significant amount of time in China, as i see it.