Things Chinese people know about Western people…and Vice Versa.

Where I’m from, there are a lot of Chinese stereotypes that are often meant for humour: all Chinese people are good at math, they eat rice everyday, they can’t pronounce the letter “l”, they can fly…etc). Some of them are true, though lots of them are exaggerated. There are also things about the Chinese culture that every English speaker knows to associate with China, such as the word “Nihao”, dumplings, chopsticks and kungfu. I was very interested to find out that Chinese people do the same thing with America/Canada:

1. Greetings. The majority of Chinese people seem to know the words “Hello”, “Bye bye”, and “How are you”.

2. Happy Birthday. Both the saying and the song. I’ve heard the happy birthday song play at restaurants, on the radio, and even in clubs! I can now sing it in Chinese, as well as English and French *pats myself on the back*

3. Christmas. They may not celebrate it, but they definitely know what it is because Christmas music plays year round in China.

4. Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber. The trifecta. These are the only musicians my students can come up with when we brainstorm famous people.

5. Transformers. CHINESE PEOPLE LOVE TRANSFORMERS. robots robots robots robots robots.

6. Barack Obama and the White House.

7. The belief that all Americans are  fat, all Canadians are very nice, and everyone from Africa is black. No exceptions.

8. They love Titanic. One of the reasons I am so comfortable in this country.

9. If you’re from Russia, then you’re a prostitute.

Thats all I can think of for now! If I think up more I’ll add it!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Blaine C.
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 03:58:44

    I love #’s 7 and 9.


  2. Ben Babcock
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 10:59:44

    You forgot to mention the stereotype regarding China and bootlegged Western media. Incidentally, the “Happy Birthday” song is actually still under copyright. Wonder if those restaurants pay royalties….


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