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And in addition...
If I'm lucky, my previous rude post won't go through.|
But I'd still like to mention, however, that China is by no means a monocultural nation, and if one observes around them, and makes friends among various ethnic groups, one will find that they don't all think alike neither. China is surprisingly multicultural if one opens their eyes. Since I've been in China I've had Han, Uighur, and Hui friends. I've also known Chinese of Korean ethnicity, and other friends who had Khazakh Chinese friends. I'd like to mention, also that there are even Chinese of Russian ethnicity, who've been in China for possibly centuries.
There are also Chinese Buddhists, Confucionists, Daoists, Muslims, Christians, etc. etc. etc. Chinese who speak Putonghua, Zhuang, Tibetan, Mongolian, Uighur, Russian, Khazak, etc. (Just look at the languages presented on the renminbi and see if you can identify the languages presented for fun) I've also met Chinese who speak English, French, or Esperanto, and know of a Chinese friend of a friend who's lived in Italy and speaks fluent Italian.
In addition, I'd even met some Uighurs in Shanghai and Urumqi who could pass for Europeans (In fact one of them exploited just that fact by presenting himself as a native English speaker for an English teaching job in Shanghai). When I was in Urumqi, some locals would take me to be either a Uighur, Pakistani, or something of the sort. Of course the Uighurs would know that I couldn't be a Uighur as soon as I openned my mouth to speak. I've found also that my discussions with various ethnic groups would often revolve around different topics of interest to them, and that often I would learn cultural tidbits from them from them that my Han friends didn't know.
China is a richly diverse country, and that's one of the things that makes it so fascinating.