外文标题：How do you feel about Chinese people?
I have discovered that people have different views about Chinese people. How do you feel about the Chinese people who live around you or about your Chinese friends?
I work in a software company in India. A good portion of our team resides in China. Hence, I’ve a few Chinese colleagues whom I interact with on a daily basis.
They’re awfully polite and I find that I need to use loads of ‘Thank you’s and ‘Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening’s because they do the same.
The first time I met a male Chinese colleague, I was the one to extend my hand for a handshake. Only then did he reciprocate. He was extremely courteous.
It’s a common impression that Chinese people are extremely hard-working and I couldn’t agree more. They’re very dedicated and they’ve never turned in sub-standard work.
I once mentioned to a colleague that I found Mandarin fascinating and that I was trying to learn it. Since then, he has been extremely encouraging and he always takes time to answer my silly doubts about the four different tones. I don’t know how many times I have said Wan An and he happily corrects me.
In short, they are very nice and humble people. Xie xie!
Sunny Mewati, I study in China
I live in Shenzhen. It is a city of success stories similar to post war New York where people come to change their destiny. My perception of Chinese people is based on the stories of whom I have met here. Outside the University Town of Shenzhen is a small bike repair shop owned by Tian Cheng, an immigrant from Fuzhou who came to Shenzhen when it was being built.
While repairing my bike, he asked me where I was from and what did I study at 北大 (Peking University). I replied in my broken Mandarin that I am from India and that I study 股票 and 金融 (stock markets and finance).
Startled he took me inside his shop. He had a live trading screen on his computer to trade stocks in Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchange. He asked me which stock he should purchase based on the pages of charts he had prepared. Honestly, I ( with a graduate degree in finance) could not have prepared those charts better
He said (rough translation):
I trade in stocks because that’s the only way I can ensure that my kids go to 北大. I pay more than 15000 RMB in tuition for my kid to go to an English school. The bike shop can give three meals a day but his tuition, no.
Tian Cheng and several other people like him whom I have met define China today. People with a burning desire to succeed, who are willing to work harder than anyone has worked before for the betterment of their families. When I compare this to the widespread complacency I have seen in my home country, my appreciation goes to the Chinese people. I have immense respect for hardworking people and I am yet to see complacency in China
It is because of people like him that when a billion Chinese jump, the world shakes.
Manas Ranjan Sahoo, Student
I met many Chinese students and am good friends with three of them, whom I met last year during my internship at NTU Singapore. Here is how I feel.
They have difficult names, but also have self-assigned, easy to pronounce nick-name. So, Xuan-bo is Rambo and Jiang is Joey.
English is not the first language for Indians and Chinese. So, its fun to talk in broken English trying to find words, suggesting words in between coversations.
They don’t use Facebook, use a Chinese version of it called Ren Ren.
They value education a lot, just like Indians they have huge competition to get into prestigious colleges.
They don’t have many siblings due to the one child policy.
Opposite of Indian system, Chinese bridegrooms pay dowry.
They are punctual, early to work, early to rise and early to bed. They eat dinner so early, around 6-7 pm, its the time when we have evening snacks.
They think the film 3 idiots describes Indian higher education to a large extent.
They can eat everything with chopsticks, my friend even managed to eat roti with chopsticks.
They like playing basketball, online gaming and Apple products.
They look too young for their age.
Chinese girls make ‘V’ sign while posing for a photo.
They are very humble, always smiling and happy.
To get some upvotes, here is a photo from the last day of my internship. I am on the right.
Anne W Zahra, M.Ed. Second Language Teaching
I think the Chinese culture overall is complex and fascinating. The people are hardworking, family oriented and they value education, whether they are in the US, China or elsewhere.
I think one of the traits Chinese people and Americans share is a love for business entrepreneurship.