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Fri, Feb. 5th, 2010 10:43 am
Mr Pantouffle's self-fab skyhut

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farblust
farblust
Sat, Feb. 6th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Re: Personality is destiny

"How they have no idea what I think of them."
I do take offence at what you said. I think it is very demeaning to base your perception of the entire culture on the less-educated part of the people. I agree that many cultural output from Mainland China now has a "new rich" aesthetics(ie West worshipping, little understanding of the refined high culture of both the West and China). But there are modern Chinese culture that is not as vulgar. Taipei, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing all got their own distinctive culture, due to different dialects and political backgrounds. We are not as homogenous as you might think. It's essential to recognise the complexity within the Sinosphere.
I recommend you to read "My country my people" by Lin Yutan. It is a good introduction to reading the Chinese culture, beyond all the empty revolutionary fervour that many people like to mock China with.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_Yutang


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farblust
farblust
Sat, Feb. 6th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
Re: Personality is destiny

The whole book can be found here.
http://www.archive.org/details/MyCountryAndMyPeople
Enjoy.


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tampopon
tampopon
Sat, Feb. 6th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: Personality is destiny

Thank you. I don't mean to offend, just sharing. If it helps, I don't exactly trust my government or 'people' most of the time, or haven't. I helped take care of 26 Chinese students from Fudan University, all of whom were very nice, soooo nice. It is just that, as a nation, China is gargantuan, and from what I can tell even from Chinese students' stories about growing up in relative poverty, they are as anxious do devote their whole lives to progress, at the expense of grace and environmental protection.

Operation Snakehead is a term I learned from them, about immigrants coming to Chinese restaraunts illegally. So, I can understand that many restaurant workers are from the lower classes. I can't imagine how hard it must be for them, but they are still cute.


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