Your viewpoint on China, people, culture, history? no matter good or bad

@sutent (1061)
China
July 22, 2009 8:03am CST
Hi, I am a Chinese. I am curious about foreign viewpoints on China, such as Chinese, culture, history, economy, policy, etc. (Of course, Chinese opinions are also welcome.) Expecially in recent years, China had changed and improved a lot. Look forward to your insight. No matter good or bad opinions. Just express your opinion and give your reason when you are available. Happy mylotting!
7 responses
@kevchua (1004)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 09
I've studied the history of China, and I find that China is a good example of how a change in policy changes the way people live for the better. China, at one time, was closed to outsiders. It was itself a forbidden country. Then later they had no choice but to open its doors to the British who brought Christianity and modern weapons into the country. Now, every one is allowed to do business with them. The result is, better economy. In fact, China is now one of the powerhouses in business, and a very well-respected nation. Yes, I admire China and its hardworking and resilient people. It's my dream that one day, my own country would be like China... change in policy, change in mindset, hardworking citizens and good economy.
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@sutent (1061)
• China
22 Jul 09
Hi kevchua, Thanks for your response and your research on China history. You are right. Reform and opening up play a important role in recent years develpment of China. Make changes on our policy and develop our countries is necessary, especically in such a international world. Wish you country can be more powerful. Happy mylotting!
@kevchua (1004)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 09
Well, actually I studied the history of Southeast Asia in school, so that's how I know the history of China, too, and how smart and timid some of the emperors were. I still remember a bit about the Opium War in the 1840's (i think) :) Oh well, this is not a history lesson.
@sutent (1061)
• China
22 Jul 09
Hi kevchua, I appreciate your sharing your study experience. Opium War is our Chinese misery. I am glad with the revival of China from those back. Wish no war breaks all over the world. Happy mylotting!
• Qatar
23 Jul 09
hi sutent :) I have been to china exactly in HongKong last summer , I liked the culture of course,its so strong and even with holding the chines language means alot about chines people that most of their study are in their language.Also, they are so organized people , clean ,sweet and kind just by looking at them smiling to you however, what I didn't like that they are so attached to each other and to their culture so they never look to us as we are like really an Alaine cultures !! when we walked in the streets , they didn't even bother to look at us coz they work all the time and walk like robots. so , there is no communication at all with foreigners, I thought the reasons why coz they don't know how to speak with us ,and afraid of starting a conversation with us , beside they don't know how to speak English most of them are and if so would be sometimes weak and understandable !! and ya they are shouting alot to each other while talking lol !! I wish I could visit China again, I couldn't go to Beijing coz of the Olympics games that would be dangerous with the crowd were from all the world,so my father told us to be just in HongKong better and safe. I can say now cheche means thank you right ??
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@sutent (1061)
• China
23 Jul 09
Hi Novelist_117, Thanks for your sincere response. Chinese are often hardworking, nice, smart, gentle and so on. You are right. Most Chinese do not like to initiate a communication with strangers. It is not just because they are not good at English, mostly due to Chinese character. But in fact, if you are familar with Chinese, you will find that they are very kind. Wish you make Chinese friends! Happy mylotting!
• Qatar
23 Jul 09
thanks sustent ^_^ ya sure I wish I could have chines friends whenever !!
• Jamaica
23 Jul 09
Hello sutent, While I am not very knowledgeable about the Chinese cultures and ways of life, it seems like they would truly be one of the more interesting groups of people to study or read about. For starters, it has the record of being the most densely populated country (and by extension region) on the surface of the planet. While I would one day like to live in such an area, I cannot help but think of the negative consequences such a situation can have on its people, mostly as a result of the imminent detrimental effects of overpopulation. Secondly, its governmental system, which I understand to be a hybrid of Communism and Free Market Economy, is certainly different to the Democratic Free Market Economy of my country, and thus I cannot accurately assess how this impacts on the lives of Chinese citizens, as I have no first hand experience with communism - perhaps someone will provide me with some additional insight? :) Thirdly, they appear to have a rich, well documented history with all of their rulers, dynasties and the various eras along the Chinese time-line. They are also one of the groups of people who I find are truly in touch with their surroundings, as they practice several arts such as Feng Shui, concentrated on channeling natural energies to improve their ways of life. Unfortunately, I am hearing contrasting reviews, that the recent upsurge in economic development is adversely affecting the environment, something which I find concerning if the claims are true. This brings me to my last topic - the economic development in the country - it is obviously one of the world's economic powerhouses, and almost everyone in my country is aware of this, since at the bottom of most products it is not uncommon to see "Made in China" :) . This economic superiority stems from the fact that labor in China is relatively cheap compared to other countries, providing attractive conditions for prospective investors and entrepreneurs. I even heard of powerful nations such as the United States having to borrow funds from China, an obvious sign that their economic agenda is definitely on point. However as I previously noted, I hope that this recent spate in economic activity does not have a negative impact on the environment of these people. I would also like to learn more about the Chinese culture if you would be so kind as to enlighten me. Good luck and happy myLotting!
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@sutent (1061)
• China
25 Jul 09
Hi, Thanks for your sincere response. It's very long. Although China is high densely populated country, the population growth rate has been steadily declining in recently years. I am delight to see the change. About your confusing on compatibility of Communism and Free market economy, i not sure it, as Policy is not my favorite. But with the strong evidence of the rapidly development on economy and steady improvement on Chinese living level, i consider the policy is very successful. About Chinese long history and rich culture and tradition, most Chinese are very proud of it.Feng Shui, one of China tradition, it's very difficult and misterious. i am not sure of it.As to China economy, it becomes more and more powerful in recent years, which not only benefit Chiness people, but also promote world economy development. In such a international world, we become more and more inter-dependent and mutual beneficial. I am glad to see those contribution to world development from China. Additionally, we can communicate with each other, if you are favorite with Chinese culture. It's my pleasure. My lotting!
• United States
22 Jul 09
Ironic I found this discussion. I was reading something the other day that said that a nearly equal percentage of people around the world think positively of China and the United States. Negative opinion is also nearly the same. People's opinions on both countries vary from person to person. I wouldn't mind visiting China, but it's not a place I want to live. I could never deal with the one child policy or the other policies that are in place to prevent large families due to limited resources. I've also read horror stories of women getting pregnant and then giving birth to a daughter and the doctor killed the female child because male children are all anyone wants in China.
@sutent (1061)
• China
22 Jul 09
Hi MysticTomatoes, I agree with that people's opinions on both countries vary from person to person. I can understand that you may not agree with one child policy in China. But i consider it is very reasonable, as the policy can urge our Chinese to educate their children in a high standard. But your opinion on that some chinese prefer male child than female child seems a bit out of date. I admit that in the past, the phenomenon was exist in a long time. The last opinion, i reject it. It is incredible and horrorable. I am not sure where you can find it. If you are not sure about it, could you please not spread it anymore. It is so terriable.
• United States
22 Jul 09
There are links...tons of links showing the murder of female children in China: http://www.gendercide.org/case_infanticide.html http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0PCG/is_1_21/ai_n6155263/ http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:Drowning%20Girls%20in%20China%3A%20Female%20Infanticide%20in%20China%20Since%201650:3005596542;_ylc=X3oDMTB1c21tcDhkBF9TAzk2NjMyOTA3BHNlYwNmZWVkBHNsawNib29rcw-- That's just 3. The last is a book about it. Can't argue with facts.
• China
23 Jul 09
hello! i'd like to say, countries are like people. They have got both advantages and disadvantages. And if the two person live far away from each other, they cannot get the information directly. so they have to get them through median which can distort the truth. so as a Chinese,i want to give my own opinions. firstly, about the one child policy. At the beginning of the new China (about 1950s), government encouraged people to produce babies so as to enhance the development of country. But they neglect the disadvantges to economics, society and circumstance. When the government realized that, the population has exploded considerably. If not the one child policy, China could face a severe problem now. The population wouldn't be 1.3 billion, but 2.3 billion or 3.3 billion. secondly, my mom has been working as a doctor in a hospital for more than 20 years. She said there's almost no case of abortion because of the mother has a girl infant. As for killing a female babies, that certainly breaks the law. I can't say there's absolutely no such case nowadays, maybe in some distant rural areas. but it will surely rouse indignation and be punished by law. thirdly, about the concept of female are inferior than male in China. Generally speaking, yes i think we still have the concept, but it's getting more and more weak. The more prosperous the city is, the less likelyhood the concept exists. For instance, in Shanghai, there's no such discrimination.
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@croamer (165)
• Taiwan
23 Jul 09
Hey hey, I'm a Chinese too, I'm eager to hear some voice about China from your eyes too, and please let me understand why Western Countries' press/media always stand in opposite with China, it seems western media very like to report negative news of China, why why why? you afraid of China's boost?
@sutent (1061)
• China
25 Jul 09
Hi mypatriot, Nice to see to on mylot. In my eye, China history, culture and tradition si unparalleled. Additionally, in recent years, China is becoming more and more powerful and taking more and more influential in internation affairs. I am very proud of it. As to negative news on China from western media, at least two reasons make the main contribution. Firstly, with the prompt strength of China, they are not adapt with it. Secondly, culture and instutional difference make them unacquainted with China decision. But i sincerely believe that thing can chang in near futher. Happy Mylotting!
@jimeny (640)
• Israel
23 Jul 09
Hi sutent, I'm Israeli and I have a really great opinion of China. First, the chinese respect the family, so that makes us similar (: Second, the chinese made a long way in short time, reaching to a high economic level. Third, I think the one child rule is briliandt, however- I wouldnt want to live in chine because my culture teaches to have as many chldren as you can. lol. And the last one, there is an opinion that some of the chinese are the decendents of one or two of the Hebrew tribes. I am really curious about that...
@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
22 Jul 09
In and of itself, I think the Chinese culture is a beautiful culture; however, I'm not at all thrilled with the Communist government over there. I remember the Tiananmen Square confrontation...seeing the military tanks rolling in, seeing all of those people demonstrating because of a desire for freedom. Plus the fact that Mao Tse-Tung's face is plastered on the wall of the Forbidden City (and probably in more places as well)...er...no. That's not at all cool with me. I'm particularly not fond of the fact that the government forbids Chinese Catholics to be loyal to no one else but the Party, which means that any loyalty to Rome is strictly off limits. Good priests and laity have been jailed for speaking in favor of Rome and against Communism; it's a very sad situation over there.