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Actual normal american perception of Chinese people
Hello, I'm an actual american with no travel experience in China or the orient.|
I live in the Mojave desert of California and have met many people of many cultures because, afterall, this IS California. I am over 50 and am the Corporate Controller for a group of thirty two companies in the mining,
concrete and steel industries. My contact with Chinese people, who are from China as opposed to being
actual americans, is as follows (and please forgive me if I use terms or slang considered derogatory to Chinese people.) Disclaimer; my aunt, a teacher, went with President Nixon during his first visit but I've never really talked aobut it with her..
You are dedicated, to the point of no self interest, for the collective whole.
You are studious, taking education seriously, even in youth.
You are thrifty, to the point of miserliness.
You eat weird things, many of them really disgusting and ickky.
You are an ancient culture, yet somehow you remind us of ourselves from the 1950's.
You have really cute kids, and gorgeous women. Chinese men, however, don't seem too interesting to the women.
You seem tense, most ordinary americans will joke with you immediately, at mutual expense to help you
feel comfortable. We don't know how to do it any other way. Ordinary americans like you as ordinary
people. You can joke back. (if we don't understand your humor, we'll say so with no offense meant either
We distrust your government...We distrust OUR government...and kind of wonder if you share similar feelings.
We are ashamed that our politicians have created the economy that makes us debtors to you and are sensitive to it. We want trade, but we want honest trade.
We think your products are poorly made and the workers are underpaid, but you supply cheap stuff that we can buy and replace easily. So we give you paper for your best efforts at copying things others have made.
We think you are underpaid and will be ultimately cheated even more by the companies that have move from here to there.
News of traffic problems and ghost cities (satellite images of empty cities) tell us your government is even more inefficient and wasteful than ours is...and some of us wish it wasn't so.
We think that most of you have forgotten, or have ever learned of, the millions killed in China by Chinese government.
I personally think that this particular post will only be made after being approved by countless Chinese government officials that want to make sure I don't make reference to a number of things that apparently are for
American officials, and those that surround them, are not americans...they are puppets. If you want to meet real americans, get out of our cities and talk to us. Ask us things you really want to know. We are a very open people. If I ever went to China I would like to do the same...talk to the people that do not live in cities.
[ Last edited by oldphart at 2011-1-25 06:42 PM ]