Understanding China

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  1. agentperry

    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

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    bharat means busy in enlightening. if you do sandhi-vicheed and then go on with hindi dictionary.
    its moto ised to be protecting weaks and respecting wise. we hear this happening since ages, be it ashoka's time when kalinga offered asylum to weak brothers off ashoka or king offering his seat to scholars on their visit to king.

    but now its not even opposite of what it was used to be, also the might of India is nowhere near to what it was used to be
     
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    China is too big and diversive to be known through news and books alone.

    Most of them full of stereotype and ignorance.
    The easiest way of getting know China is actually visiting her.

    Just like the easiest way of getting know India is visiting her and not through watching Bollywood movies.
     
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  3. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    America is just like in the movies. :-D
     
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    Chinese are a pragmatic lot.
     
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    Iamanidiot Elite Member Elite Member

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    Indians are an idiotic lot
     
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    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    So by watching 'the Big Bang Theory' I've got to know Americans :rofl:
     
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    test test test
     
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    The Simpsons?:rofl:
     
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    South Park? :rofl:
     
  10. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    India can be also realised by books and documentaries.

    Maybe that is not feasible for China, since everything will be censored!

    Read Jung Chang's Wild Swans and you get a good idea of China through its modern history.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Like the westerns where the good chaps kill the bad Joes!
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    HOMES IN CHINA

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    According to the Guinness Book of Records, China has the world's most houses: 276,947,962 in 1990. In the north, where wood is scarce, dwellings and walls have traditionally been made of stone, tamped mud or sun-dried bricks reinforced with straw. In the south homes have traditionally been made with wood, brick or woven bamboo.

    A traditional large, upper-class house has a single story, tile roof, a courtyard, fluted roof tiles, and stone carvings. Some have ornate lattice windows, deep red painted pillars, carved dragons and courtyard fish ponds. Old homes had paper windows and coal stoves and smelly latrines in the backyard. There were no indoor toilets, Coal was burned for heat.

    In century-old communal homes the grandparents sleep in one area, aunts and uncles in another. Sometimes children sleep in a converted barn above the pig pens and the parents sleep over the open pit that serves as a communal toilet.

    In the Mao era, families were moved into concrete apartment blocks or were jammed into courtyard dwelling--built for a single family--with several other families. The central courtyard was filled with crude brick compounds. In some cases courtyard houses was razed and replaced with "work compounds," where housing and factories were combined within walled enclaves. Most of the concrete apartment buildings built in the 1950s and 60s were four to six stories tall. Ones built today are much higher.

    On his experiences entering houses in Shanghai’s oldest neighborhoods, Howard French wrote: “Typically, I enter their world by climbing up a rickety, twisting wooden staircase, ducking to avoid bumping my head in the near-total darkness.” [Source: Howard W. French, New York Times, August 28, 2009]

    Between the 1980s and today the average living space per person has increased from 80 square feet to almost 300 square feet. Even so Western visitors to Chinese homes are often surprised by how little personal space people have. An American visitor to a family in Shanghai told the China Daily, "Here in China people are always right next to each other, but in the United States , everyone tries to keep away as much as possible."

    Five to six 6 billion square feet of commercial and residential floor space is added every year.The average lifespan of recent constructions in China is 30 about years, according to Chinese media reports.

     
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    Just see Chinese home now

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    Now that is what I call Progress!
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Chinese cuisine is any of several styles originating in the regions of China, some of which have become increasingly popular in other parts of the world – from Asia to the Americas, Australia, Western Europe and Southern Africa.

    The history of Chinese cuisine stretches back for many centuries and produced both change from period to period and variety in what could be called traditional Chinese food, leading Chinese to pride themselves on eating a wide range of foods.

    Major traditions include Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan, and Zhejiang cuisines.
     
  17. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    We keep seeing Chinese using the Chinese script when the are angry.

    Check this out, if they use it:

    Chinese Swear Words

     
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  19. Tianshan

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    haha, those videos will not help you recognize if we swear, since we will do it in a way which only other chinese can understand.

    the second video is in cantonese, and does not give the chinese character. so it is only helpful if you can actually hear them speaking it.

    on topic: i think only an outsider who is "politically neutral", can hope to really understand china.. and that will take a long time as well. on a defence site, this is nearly impossible, since everyone will look at it through a political lens.
     
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  20. no smoking

    no smoking Senior Member Senior Member

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    Don's worry, Tianshan, in this forum, almost every indian member "knows" more about china than any chinese.

    If you don't agree with them, either you are "CCP propaganda" or you are "brainwahsed".
     
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