Why are Chinese portrayed to be Rich?

Philippines
March 7, 2008 1:43am CST
I just don't get it as I am Chinese myself. People tend to say that if your Chinese. Your pretty much good with money. Although that might seem to be flattering, it really apparently is not for me. As a Chinese, other merchants tend to set the price higher than it should, which is really annoying! Strangers also seems to be more interested at who you are, which is frightening! Haha... I tend to give them false information if they ever asked.
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@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
7 Mar 08
hmm it would seem that in most countries the chinese are the more affluent people. it's just like the perception that jews are more well off. truth be said, not all chinese are rich but Chinese as a race is certainly richer than most. look at countries like indonesia and malaysia. before the racial riot in indonesia, the chinese who are the minority (think 15%) holds more than 70% of the national wealth. the perception also has got to do with the hardworking nature of chinese. for chinese in asia, the habit is to work work work really hard and save even harder. in my country, a lot of chinese on the dough actually die with tens of thousands of dollars in their bank account. but devilhands, the part about strangers being interested in you are a little scary. which part of the world are you from?
• Philippines
7 Mar 08
Philippines, haha... whenever I ride a taxi. Some of them would be unusually asking me personal question, like how much it cost to study in my college.
• Singapore
8 Mar 08
maybe in your country, there are not so many chinese locally born. it is a known fact the chinese parents (from china) spent a bomb sending their children overseas to study. i've got friends who told me their china classmate changes car every week. they also said that another china classmate's parents bought a house in australia just for him to study there. how's that for rich for you? maybe your fellow-countrymen thought you are from china studying at philippines as well. :D
• Philippines
9 Mar 08
Yes, I do have to agree with you that many Chinese people are rich. But when it comes to generalizing all of them, affecting the middle-poor ones to, it becomes annoying.
@nicksy (178)
• Philippines
7 Mar 08
yeah you're rich, but the truth is that it is an accumulative perception of rich culture, history, and tradition backed-up with power and wealth like the dynasties, and here in the philippines, the perception came from histories where chinses are well known trader and even the spaniards at that time are threatened to them. and nowdays almost all well known millioriares in the Phil are chinese tycoons.
• Philippines
7 Mar 08
I am not rich! Remember the definition of what Liza thought us? Rich people are those that are able to survive through the days without working and I am not definitely not on that category. Haha...
@nicksy (178)
• Philippines
7 Mar 08
that is the definition that is related on material things, hehehe, there is a lot to be rich about, like rich in love, rich in culture, and even rich in friends and support.
9 Mar 08
well having been to China a few times now, and not the tourist areas either, I've never really seen Chinese that way. However, I know that in some places where there is a migrant Chinese community there are often a number of Chinese business people and they often do very well. When local jealousies get stirred up then Chinese are steriotyped as "the rich" regardless of how much truth there is or isn't in the steriotype. When I'm in Africa I get a taste of this as relative to the people I'm working with I would be increadibly rich beyond their wildest dreams although in my own country I'd be struggling to survive most all the time. Its all very relative. I've met people everywhere who were good and bad with money. Not all Scots are mean!
@musicman6 (2390)
• United States
8 Mar 08
I know the feeling! My culture is the same way! I think being born here in the U.S. has deprived me of the potential to be a "money miser"! I guess you have to have gone through "tough" times for that characteristic to have been cultivated, my people are known for their saving large amounts of money and being economical! But I have was born "Americanized", and a natural spendthrift! I think the potential is in everybody, but the environment lures you to do otherwise!