Bias for China
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Bias for China

by Saki U.

Pirated products

Pirated products

My first friend in university is a Chinese girl. Until then, I had never talked to Chinese people, and I had had a bad image of China. For example, China is a country which produces pirated goods.

I saw a news report that so many Japanese cartoon character goods (which were pirated) were sold at a market in China.

Not only character goods, but also electric appliances and brand products sold there were all pirated. I was really surprised and I felt anger. The copy quality was not so good, so it made me more angry, and I thought Chinese people insult Japan.

But, people who make pirated products are only some. So, I should not have a bias for Chinese people. Actually, my first Chinese friend is a nice person. She is a polite and hardworking person. Other Chinese friends I met in university are all like her.

China’s GDP became the second largest in the world, and Japan’s came down to third. Although there are some reasons for this result, I think one of the reasons is that Chinese people tend to have a hardworking characteristic. When I went to my internship in Uganda, some Chinese students also came, and they spoke English fluently.

I wondered why they could speak English so fluently. I think I found the answer. Before they sleep or in their free time, they practiced English pronunciation again and again, like talking to themselves. They make efforts, so they can speak English well.

I want to meet more people from other countries, want to know more about them, and want to take away my bias for different countries.

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Hardworking Chinese people
by: Gary Wolff

Thanks, Saki, for sharing your views about China.

Yes, I agree with you that the Chinese people are very hardworking. And they also seem to be very good with money and at running businesses.

I really admire your adventurous and very mature attitude about learning more about the world, and sincerely hope our class is a good tool for helping you achieve that.

Thanks also for your wonderful stories that are always very thoughtful and full of inspiration. Keep up the grrrreat work ! :-)

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