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10 years later, I still find this topic fascinating and therefore decide to create a blog to continue this discussion. Please feel free to visit my new blog at http://curiouschinese.blogspot.com/
What makes Chinese Chinese, without which Chinese become substantially less Chinese? What are uniquely Chinese, without which Chinese are no longer Chinese?
Slowly China is climbing out its misery and humiliation that it suffered in the last two hundred years, more often than not, at the expense of its traditional cultures and values. It is therefore relevant to understand what makes Chinese Chinese. With such understanding, we will no longer live in the FEAR that we may turn ourselves into ‘Banana men”—Yellow skin with only white substance.
Please throw in any attribute, good or bad, glorious or shameful, sensible or stupid, that you think makes Chinese uniquely Chinese. If possible, please also tell us why the ones you contribute are uniquely Chinese.
Let's compile a list, and out of this list we may attempt to further identify the core Chinese attributes, without which Chinese would not be Chinese.
Finally, out of this core list, let's identify the ones that make Chinese beautiful and the ones make Chinese ugly, the ones should be kept, and the ones be abandoned.
Let’s see if we have enough talent and knowledge on this board to compile a decent list. This is a challenge to us all. Those who are not Chinese are particularly welcome to contribute for you see clearer from a distance with more rationality than emotion.
Thank you all for participation.