THE CHINA CO­NUN­DRUM

How much do ex­pats re­ally know about the Mid­dle King­dom?

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - By Huang Lanla

hi­nese ood at h? all Chines do kung u? Chi­nese like o eat­dogs? Can Chines raisepa­n­das s pets ativeChi­nese wh is ad ,know little bout ungfu, never eats ogs and who has only ver seen an­das in oo I’ little red of nswer­ing uch ques­tion my or­eign riends

Two months ago, when Chi­nese stu­dent Cai Yu­jing men­tioned in her grad­u­a­tion speech at Bos­ton Univer­sity that it was in the US she “tried for­tune cook­ies for the first time in my life,” the au­di­ence burst into gen­er­ous laugh­ter. For­tune cook­ies may be pop­u­lar in overseas Chi­nese restau­rants, but few Chi­nese main­lan­ders have ever heard of them.

In­deed, for­eign­ers have de­vel­oped many stereo­types about China and its peo­ple due to in­evitable cul­tural dif­fer­ences and a lack of one-on-one in­ter­ac­tion. Hav­ing never been to China be­fore, some learn about it only through films, TV shows and me­dia re­ports, which aren’t nec­es­sar­ily very ac­cu­rate.

So what about the ex­pats al­ready living here? Do they know any more than their peers back home?

A cou­ple of days ago, my Global Times co-work­ers and I com­piled a small quiz about China, and ran­domly tested eight for­eign­ers on the streets of Shang­hai.

The quiz con­tains 10 in­ter­est­ing “true or false” state­ments. How many can you get right?

Puz­zled over he hina ui Photo: FP

(Left) A Chi­nese wo­man washes her face. (Mid­dle) A wo­man com­petes in a kung fu com­pe­ti­tion. (Far right) Dog meat sold dur­ing Yulin Dog Meat Fes­ti­val Pho­tos: CFP and Chen Xia/GT

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