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Originally posted by afri_simba at 2006-12-17 03:17
I am a Chinese and I work in Africa. I have always been shot by those question by Wazungu(whites) or blacks:
A. Questions from the ones who don't know China much:
Is China a communist cou ...
That's pretty general questions....but that's usually some elder people would ask, young people don't ask me that....we have things in common.
Once there's an american asked me question like "why Chinese people seldom express themselves straight-out, they always try to tell you things in another polite way but this way could hurt you more, cause they're not telling the truth" something like that....he might expect an stereotype answer like "yes, we Chinese don't like to express ourselves, that's our culture difference"
I answered: "Some people don't want hurt you and that's their way to turning people down, but that's me you're asking, I'm straight-out"
And online I do meet weird people keep on sending me some incorrect pin yin, some are names(or wrongly pronounced dialect), why should I know those names when they're not written in Chinese characters(and even wrong pin yin), it's not like english the phonogram. Sometimes people calling "you chinese are all xxxx(written in lame pin yin which I cannot distinguish)", so I suggest them back to learn some decent pin yin, and some used ridiculous Chinese characters which don't make sense at all....say nothing of that "hey do you know shaolin, kongfu, kongfu you know?" or "what is like in a Communist country?" or "all the Chinese work for 16 hours a day, is it true?" something like that, I was thinking, you might just as well come and find out yourself, than hear and say...sometimes I told them, yes, china's a terrible jungle and we all struggle to live, we all live in a rice paddy and we don't use computers but use an old abacus....just dunno if they take it true or not
...sometimes you could meet those ridiculous people, there's not many chance though...it's a great fun....
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