10 questions foreigners like to ask Chinese people

| May 23rd, 2013

Living in China, there are some questions I hear over and over again: "Do you like China?", "Doesn’t America have so many guns?", and "How much does an iPhone cost?", for example. What about Chinese people who go abroad? What kinds of repetitive–and sometimes silly–questions do foreigners like to ask them?

In January, a writer for Aboluowang.com, a Chinese news site, wrote about the top 10 questions that foreigners like to ask Chinese people abroad. Here is the article translated:

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Punks in China

| May 7th, 2013
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When the Sex Pistols appeared on the BBC singing "God Save the Queen," China was still in the grips of the Cultural Revolution – most music was banned, and Mao ruled supreme. It would take another two decades before punk arrived in Beijing.

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Chinese God of Wealth vs. Western Valentine of Love

| February 17th, 2013
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The following is a guest post by Philip via MarketingToChina.com, edited by Key.

Today is February 14, Valentine’s Day in the west and also “Chu Wu”, the fifth day after Chinese New Year, which happens to be the day for Chinese to welcome the god of wealth.

The coincidence that the two popular holidays happen to fall on the same day dilutes the festivity of both. However, Valentine’s Day seems to be the losers.

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Survey says Beijing husbands are whipped, wife mother-in-law relationship worst in Shanghai

| February 10th, 2012
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From Sohu:

Chinese New Year has passed. But many people are still immersed in the festive atmosphere. However no matter how lively the festival was, the common discussion topics are always revolving “relationship between the wife and mother in law” or “who has the final say” (in the family). Sohu conducted an online survey “How did you spend your Chinese New Year?” which more than 30,000 netizens’ participated in. Let the numbers show you how people enjoyed the 2012 Chinese New [...]Read more…

Hong Kong full page ad against mainland pregnant women

| February 2nd, 2012
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Apple Daily as a renowned Hong Kong newspaper put up a full page print ad on Feb 1st protesting aggressively against the surge of mainland pregnant women in Hong Kong. On top of the background of a locust overlooking the Victoria Harbor, the ad rolled out with the headline “Hong Kong people have had enough” followed by angry content protesting against the invasion of mainland pregnant women into Hong Kong and urged the Hong Kong government to amend relevant law. [...]Read more…

Patriotic waitress attacked by Taiwanese mother and son

| January 7th, 2012
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In a mainland China restaurant, a waitress is taking order from the customers, a Taiwanese mother and her son. The son said, “Restaurant of China has really poor environment, really makes me lose my appetite!” The waitress then muttered, “Isn’t Taiwan part of China?” Thus, the following scene in the video…

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Transformers sequel in China: huge box office, bad reviews

| August 9th, 2011
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From Douban:

Transformer: Dark of the Moon is certainly a blockbuster. It has a huge box office in Mainland China, already as much as 0.7 billion. The box office opening in Mainland China on August 4th also outnumbered Harry Porter. While its spectacular visual special effect is well received as usual, compared to its box office, the Dark of the Moon has been rated relatively low in many websites like Douban, a popular and growing social networking website in China. The [...]Read more…

Zongzi Nyataimori in Chinese restaurant

| June 2nd, 2011
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From Sina:

Model of the Zongzi Nyataimori show

Nyataimori, body sushi is a service of eating sushi off a still and naked woman’s body found in Japanese restaurant. The rough translation of the word nyataimori is "Adorned body of a woman."

The coming June 3rd is Dragon Boat Festival in China when people celebrated it with watching dragon boat race and eating Zongzi (made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves). Recently a restaurant in [...]Read more…

We Chinese

| May 20th, 2011
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by M. Scott Brauer

"We Chinese" grew out of a curiosity to find out what Chinese people think about their country and their future.  Media coverage of the country and its development often raises questions about the direction of the government in Beijing on the world stage.  Few reports take into account the feelings of the Chinese people, instead making reference to the country as a monolithic actor without constituent parts.  A country’s trajectory through history cannot be mapped without careful [...]Read more…

Chinese and their liquor

| March 9th, 2011
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From Southern Weekend | Translated by 王珏 | Edited by Key

The Spring Festival has just passed. Everyone had his or her own way of celebrating it. However, there is something common most Chinese shared during this time, and that is, drinking.

For most Chinese, drinking is a special thing. It is not only a consumption behavior but also a way to socialize with others. To some degree, it even represents the most typical Chinese philosophy of life.

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Crab vending machines in subway station

| October 26th, 2010
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(MOP) The UAE has vending machines for gold bars, Paris sells CK cologne with them, but what is on offer in the vending machines in Nanjing? The answer is… Hairy Crab! At Xinjiekou station on Metro Line 1, near where you come out at Dayuanpan, you can see a machine.

From IFeng:

According to a report from Xinhua made on  December 25, this is another year of yellow  chrysanthemums and and fat crabs, and at Xinjiekou station on Nanjing’s metro, a machine [...]Read more…

Village officials’ indecent photos with Thailand transvestites during a public funded trip

| September 8th, 2010
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(Southern Metropolis Daily) On September 2, a netizen posted a blog post titled “Shenglong Village officials of Gangkou town, Zhongshan city traveled and participated in sexual activities using public fund” which exposed photos of village security officer and a production team leader taken with the topless transvestites during the trip to Thailand. Southern Metropolis Daily reporter confirmed these photos were taken during a public funded trip to Thailand organized by the village in July. Village security officer Liangxi Quan [...]Read more…

Chinese people don’t like cheese?

| July 16th, 2010
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Did someone say the Chinese didn’t like cheese? A recent article in the Global Times features Beijing native Liu Yang who hopes this isn’t true. While Liu isn’t the only cheese maker in Beijing, news agencies have been swarming his story, a tale that begins with an average computer science career and ends amid smelly cheese vats.

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National sentiment controlled by rumors

| June 25th, 2010
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Recently, Chinese netizens organized the anti-“Super Junior” and their fans movement (the 69 Jihad), and then Chinese Internet users’ feeling of resentment towards (Hahanzu) “Korean Wave” have fermented, the situation gradually developed into anti-Korean sentiment. After we talked about the “69 Jihad” and the recent “Simida Zongzi gate”, many readers strongly reacted to these incidents. This article on Netease is in line with some of the readers’ views: In fact, since the new century almost all anti-Korean sentiments are [...]Read more…