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seneca Post time: 2016-4-28 13:25
I do not understand your rationale in criticising the school Xinlei attended: it is NOT A SCHOOL'S ...
Chinese people do too have social skills, it's just not the western kind. Oh, yeah, you bet Chinese people have social skills. I've seen them in action. Chinese people are even better at business than the westerners, and it takes good social skills to be able to do business well.
Troubled kids will be trouble no matter where they live. So they brought their bad behavior that would have been acceptable in China (demerit points don't count for such serious offences) to a place where it's considered criminal behavior. So what's really terrible here is that such criminal behavior is allowed in China and among students.
Good students will go to the US and graduate without problems. Will you hear about them on the news? No. So it's that one sided reporting again. So I don't think the Chinese school system is at fault here as you are trying to suggest, at least not in the way in which you are trying to suggest. If the school system is at fault, then it is because they teach that if you're going to commit a crime, then first consider if you are okay with the punishment. I think the student said something like, they thought they were just going to get some demerit points. So it's okay to torture people because the punishment is nothing. They don't teach that it's wrong to hurt others, period.
But only certain people will accept that kind of mentality in the first place. I'm sure that there are Chinese people that won't hurt others as well, even though all they will get is "demerit points." So it's more about what kind of people they already are.
Sunny I think just echos what the Chinese generally think. I think her English is excellent, in that I can understand completely what she is saying on the first read. And she is not long-winded. So I appreciate her comments.
I think Chinese people have chosen a completely unique way of life for themselves, after isolating themselves from the rest of the world. It looks backwards if you're used to something different, but it's about being tolerant of different ideas, I guess. I guess if the North Koreans are let out, we will hear about some pretty outrageous things, that seem outrageous to outsiders, but to them, they've chosen that way of life, seems normal to them.
Sunny's comment comes from a belief that the self has no power, that the self has nothing and is nothing, and that's why all responsibility is placed on the government, the institutions, the schools, etc. Once Chinese people are done with that idea, they will move on to something different.