China, formally the People’s Republic of China, is one of the most famous countries in Asia. It has more than 1.3 billion citizens, being the most populated and largest country in all of Asia. Birthplace of one of mankind’s earliest civilizations, China has seen it all, mankind at its best and worst. Today, China is becoming one of the most important countries on the planet, making almost everything there is; toys, rockets, clothes it dont matter, you can bet you will see a Made in China sticker on them. China is a communist country, which is not exactly a good thing. Nevertheless, China has managed to even the odds and proven that ideologies alone will not bring about the success or failure of a nation. Never underestimate China and the Chinese people because they are known to go to the very extremes to achieve success, whatever the cost.
Make way for the People’s Republic of China !
NOTE : There are 2 Chinas, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China ( also known as Taiwan ). For today, I will be reviewing the People’s Republic of China.
The Chinese People
There are more than 1.3 billion Chinese people in the world, accounting for 1/5 of the world’s population. They are considered a major race and are usually associated with the terms Asian and yellow. 9x% of the Chinese people are of Han ethnicity. The remaining ethnic groups such as the Zhuang, Mancu and Hui are considered minorities in China but are nevertheless strong in numbers. The Chinese people are not confined to China’s borders alone. Wherever you go, you can bet you’ll see a Chinese guy! Most overseas Chinese can be found in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and United States.
The reason why I like the Chinese people so much is because they have a very progressive mindset. The typical Chinese family in my country ( Malaysia ) is usually best described as follows; at least one parent runs a business that has been passed down for generations ( restaurant, shop, company etc. ), usually have a few children who are often pressured to study hard and given full financial support to excel in their studies and last but not least, almost always in the middle or upper- class range thanks to the aforementioned 2 points which ensure the continued success and development of the family. This is what I like about the Chinese people. But there are always two sides to everything…
For the Chinese, family and religion is very important. They know they cannot do everything alone. It is hard to make a living in modern China ( and any other city to an extent ). The only way they can make progress is by sticking together. Because of this, the rich always remain rich and the poor always remain poor in China. This is a very, very serious problem because the poor people in China are stuck in a ditch and are never given a chance to prove themselves. The rich on the other hand keep widening the gap between the poor and themselves by keeping the wealth to their society but doing little to help the suffering of others who are less fortunate.
This has happened many times in history and it is still happening today. At one time, Chinese migrants in Southeast Asia have managed to establish themselves well enough to gain a significant slice of the economic pie despite being in small numbers. In the colonial days this was a really big problem because the native people of the Southeast Asian countries opposed the Chinese whom had all but taken over their economy. Most of the native people at the time were too poor and uneducated to do anything about the situation. Centuries later, the native people of the Southeast Asian countries finally managed to stand on their feet and help their kind regain control of their economies. Today, the only remaining country in Southeast Asia that is a still mostly run by Chinese migrants is Singapore. The reality is that Singapore is the best country in the region. Why? Because of the hardworking men and women who continue to work hard and smart for the greater good, most of whom are Chinese.
This shows that Chinese people are one of the more successful Asian races. It would be wrong to underestimate and look down on the Chinese. That is why I’ve decided to befriend the Chinese and not oppose them. : ]
NOTE : I did not mean to look biased or racist. I also did not mean to stereotype the Chinese in any way because everbody is different in their own right. Everyone is my friend, not just the Chinese people and I’m against racism. I advise you not to take all this too seriously because it is just my opinion and perspective on the topic at hand. I know everyone views things differently and I will respect your views whether I like it or not. Peace. :]
* Almost forgot, for those of you who do not know, I’m not Chinese.
Made In China
Made in China. I cant tell you how many times I have seen those 3 words on the back of my favourite stuff… everything I have, especially if theyre technology related has these 3 words on them. I almost never see a Made in < insert cool country of choice here > tag anymore. Everything seems to be made in China nowadays. But do you know why ? I’ll explain below.
In today’s world, almost everything is expensive. Nothing comes cheap or free. As more and more demand grows, the price tag just keeps getting bigger and bigger. A plate of rice used to cost a few cents back then, today, its over a dollar in some places. Its not just food and water, everything else has been affected too. The cost of your average car is several times more expensive than Ford’s Model T back then in the 1900s. As prices keep going up, people start to get desperate. Many corporations and businesses are starting to lose profit. In order to gain some profit back, businesses often cut corners and take short cuts…
This is where China comes in.
Lets take for example, General Motors, a massive American automobile corporation who has invested greatly in China in recent years. There are several reasons behind their decision. The textbook reason is because China is an emerging automobile market. General Motors wants to sell their cars in China to make money. Simple. But thats not all, what most people do not know is General Motors is building their cars in China because the cost of labour there is incredibly cheap. If they decide to build their cars in America, they would have to pay much, much more for labour because the cost of labour in most developed countries are generally high. This is because labourers are wanted in America; there is a strong demand for them, but most Americans do not want to work day and night at factories building cars for people, they want to have higher paying jobs such as doctors and engineers. Fortunately for China, labourers are never in short supply thanks to their large population. Land price is also far cheaper here, making way for development of massive megafactories and facilities. For every 5 cars made in America, you might be able to make 6 or 7 in China. Its that simple.
There is also another side to the story. China is also famous for making fake/pirated products which are based off, reverse engineered and in some cases direct copies of other products. These are usually cars, phones and computers. One such example is Geely ( pictured above ). Besides Geely, there are a ton of other Chinese companies and products which are simple copies of others such as Sonia ( Sony ), Fuma ( Puma ) and PolyStation ( PlayStation ). We all know that stealing from others is no joke, but you cant help but to admire ( and LOL at ) China’s efforts to compete with others. All they’re trying to do is to make cheap stuff for their people. Im sure its a little bit more reasonable since I put it this way. But China’s pirate days are slowly coming to an end. With the advent of foreign investment such as General Motors mentioned above, China is beginning to do things the right way now.
This one’s a no brainer. Chinese food is one of the best things that ever happened to mankind… well, thats just my opinion ( but I know you secretly agree with me : ] ) I’m not Chinese, so why do I like Chinese food so much?
Honestly, I cant really explain why. It is beyond me why I’m hooked onto Chinese food like a dog and his bone. I guess it has something to do with its simplicity. Its easy to consume. I doubt its easy to make however.
The kind of Chinese food I like the most are Chinese noodles. Although I’m a fan of other dishes as well. My most favourite dish has to be Char Kway Teow, literally stir-fried ricecake strips in English ( sounds nicer in Chinese … dont you think so? ). Char Kway Teow is popular in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei but not really so in China. Regardless, it is still a Chinese dish and I consider it as such despite it being popular in just these 4 countries.
Despite being a Malaysian- Indian, I dont like Indian food at all. I have no idea why. Maybe its because I have to use my hands all the time… I’m more of a spoon & fork person really. I’m trying to learn how to use the chopsticks. I think chopsticks are cool, I mean, they are used gracefully, unlike forks and knives where you only stab and poke around : ].
Other than Char Kway Teow, I also like Chinese Chicken Rice ( Kai Fan ) and Kway Teow Soup ( Shahe Fen ).
Chinese food is not limited to China alone, hence point no. 3; Chinese Food is a general statement. Chinese food differs from one part of the world to another and the elaboration I have written above is based on experience gained from touring around Malaysia. I do not know how Chinese food in China tastes, maybe its better, maybe worse, I cant tell for sure since I have not visited China yet. Please keep this in mind.
If its good food you want, you’d best head on to a nearby Chinese restaurant, wherever you are.
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Credits – Wikipedia and Google
Dedicated to – Eng Hong Ong, one of my oldest Chinese friends. I wish you all the best in your new school. : ]