What do you think about Chinese people?

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Are the Chinese people unique? How can we compare the Chinese with other groups? Are the Chinese more concerned with "face" than other people? How can we explain the relative academic success of immigrant Chinese students? What is the impact of learning an ographic script on the Chinese people's way of thinking and perceiving? Are the Chinese more or less family centered than other national groups? How can we understand Chinese negotiating techniques?
New Member02
Hello hawkhao!

To tell the truth, the Chineese people are quite a mystery to me. I think they are a) hard workers, b) tending to live and act in groups (according to the Chineese tourists I had observed), and c) a bit insulated from the outer world, as the foreing politics of China is. But that is only what I imagine basing on several facts I know, I don't have an experience of communication with the Chineese.
Full Member437
Chinese people is peaceful, hardworking and easily contented. They respect elders, love children and are patient with their fellows. Chinese in general are reserve and humble. They believe in harmony and never look for confrontation.
Regular Member848
I think Chinese are clever, they often get high scores in school.
they seem quiet
New Member20
They r soo smart ..........................in my school there are lots of Chinese pple the all get like 90 or 95% soo I think they r so smart ,,,,,,, no wonder y I hate them lol just joking I am not racist
New Member05
I've heard that the pictographic script tends to help people manipulate symbols in mental space and thus makes them smarter in math (because in many math operations symbols are similarly manipulated). I don't know if it's true, though. The one interesting effect I do know is that the script tends to force most overseas Chinese people to integrate into local societies in the second generation. If you move to another country and have kids, it's not so hard to teach those kids to speak and write your original language -- except that if it's Chinese or Japanese, learning to read and write is too difficult to do as an after-school project for all but the most brilliant. I heard a story about a very good young Cantonese-speaking actress from Vancouver, a second generation Chinese-Canadian, who easily passed an audition for a major part in a Hong Kong movie that was being filmed in Canada. She looked to be set for stardom: then they handed her the script!

She couldn't read a word of it. M se jih -- didn't read characters. Deui m jyuh! (Sorry!)

Personally I think we should make Cantonese the third national language of Canada (along with English and French), but written in Roman (i.e., ordinary, English-type) letters. Just so everyone in Canada wouldn't have to study characters for 10 years to learn to read a Chinese newspaper (though it would be fun for some, I admit.) Some of the words don't have official Chinese characters anyways. Of course, then we'd all have to agree how to romanize it. I like the Yale transcription, but then hawkhao would have to settle for being hohkhaau.
Junior Member66
They will intense quickly if something happens.
New Member35
Guest:
I have been living in China for three years, Chinese people are generally gentle and friendly. Chinese girls are the most beautiful girls with the softest skin, shapely figure and generally hard working attitude.
How ever, I have been used by Chinese people. I am an English teacher from the U'K. and Chinese parents, and fellow colleagues have invited me for meals under the guise of friendship when the real intention is to speak english with their son or daughter. As a result, I feel like a machine and feel terrible. I'm bombarded with questions.

Another aspect of Chinese life is 'Guanxi' this means connections. Generally, the Chinese system is corrupt, it's a matter of who you know and how much you can pay. I'm sure this happens in many countries, but here it's particularly rampant.

On the whole, Chinese people speak from the heart and not the head, they are a spiritual people. For 2,500 years the law of Confucious was the nation's guide, this taught people how to be a 'good citizen' . Then when Mao ze dong, deng xiao ping, Zhou en lai, ect, took over one can see a demise of a civilization. Mao obliterated Zhongguo culture. This dictator was responsible for a famine in the mid- 60's which led to cannibalism. (read Jung Chang's Wild Swans). Today, the CPPCC are all business graduates, the country is geared towards science and technology, the intellectuals don't really exist.
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