More Facts Q&A about China

Is it true the Chinese have only one child? Well, yes and no. Rich people can have a 2nd child or even more but they have to pay fees. Farm families can have more than 1 child. Childless couples can adopt but the minorities (like Mongolians or other ethnic groups) are limited in the number of adoptions Preference is given to Han Chinese. Even with all these laws, the Chinese still have 2.3 children per household. Because men earn so very much more money than women, a couple that has a girl child can, after a few years, have a boy to support them in their old age. They have no social security but they do often have small pensions. Forced abortions are not as frequent now, but women will often abort a baby girl. Consequently the ratio of men to women is 118:100. The Chinese do not have disabled children if they can help it because there are no social services in most cities for them.

Are Chinese children smarter than American kids? Chinese children study much harder. They go to school longer hours, and frequently they attend private school several times a week. They have no team sports or after school activities. They stay in college 2 more years than we do. So they appear smarter. But in school they have limited information. They focus on math, science and languages. There is almost nothing about Western history, social sciences, culture and much of what they are required to read is falsified or distorted. For example, a recent textbook I saw about America indicated that all black people live in abject poverty. Every attempt is made to picture our nation as cruel and so awful no one would want to be here, however, the Chinese still say what they want is “to come to America” more than any other wish.

So how do they field sports teams? Gifted athletic children are taken from their homes at an early age and put in sports schools away from their families and trained for sports performance. These children are as young as 5 years old. They can go home a few times each year.

What do they do for fun? People work many longer hours than Americans, and except for construction jobs, these jobs are all low-effort. They have a 2 hour lunch which they use for a nap; all businesses have beds for noontime naps. They have TV, games, and they play sports with their families. I saw people playing badminton on the street (no net, no court) on their lunch hour. They like to hike.

Do Chinese have freedom of speech? In their personal lives the Chinese speak freely, otherwise all information is tightly controlled. NO one is permitted to criticize the government in any way. TV, radio, textbooks are all confined to what the government (Communist) wants people to know. This also applies to religion. The law says there is freedom of religion but in actual fact, not so. Google blocks any search for democratic ideals, truth, or facts. You could probably not locate your own church’s website online. Anything critical of the Beijing government, that mentions the protesters in Tibet and other areas of China, and violations of human rights are blocked.

Are Chinese all very short? They used to be but with so much more food and better nutrition they are growing taller each year. They are still several inches shorter than American kids of the same age.

Is it true that American manufacturers have sweat shops and pay low wages? Some companies in the big cities are shameful employers; others are run much better. No employee has any benefits other than a vacation and wages which means products are very cheap.
Why doesn’t China stop pollution? I read that it is killing people. You are right; pollution is killing the waterways, the air quality, and then the people. 20% of San Francisco’s pollution comes from China. Very strict laws are simply NOT obeyed and government employees do not enforce them. In every town there are local officials who ignore Beijing’s commands on literally everything.

Do the Chinese ever come to America? No, not often. A non-business Visa is nearly impossible to acquire. Visitors to America must pay a $50,000 fee to the government when they leave China and if they stay here the money reverts to the government. Even then 30& of the Chinese do stay in America anyway. Some students enter with fewer restrictions. It helps to have contacts in government to get out of China.
Are Chinese different from Americans? Yes, very. The Chinese are highly focused and motivated. They are not friendly but they are very kind They have many false assumptions about the West but they do want to know Westerners. This limits to some extent their ability to get to know and understand Westerners.

Is it true the Chinese have only one child? Well, yes and no. Rich people can have a 2nd child or even more but they have to pay fees. Farm families can have more than 1 child. Childless couples can adopt but the minorities (like Mongolians or other ethnic groups) are limited in the number of adoptions Preference is given to Han Chinese. Even with all these laws, the Chinese still have 2.3 children per household. Because men earn so very much more money than women, a couple that has a girl child can, after a few years, have a boy to support them in their old age. They have no social security but they do often have small pensions. Forced abortions are not as frequent now, but women will often abort a baby girl. Consequently the ratio of men to women is 118:100. The Chinese do not have disabled children if they can help it because there are no social services in most cities for them.

Are Chinese children smarter than American kids? Chinese children study much harder. They go to school longer hours, and frequently they attend private school several times a week. They have no team sports or after school activities. They stay in college 2 more years than we do. So they appear smarter. But in school they have limited information. They focus on math, science and languages. There is almost nothing about Western history, social sciences, culture and much of what they are required to read is falsified or distorted. For example, a recent textbook I saw about America indicated that all black people live in abject poverty. Every attempt is made to picture our nation as cruel and so awful no one would want to be here, however, the Chinese still say what they want is “to come to America” more than any other wish.

So how do they field sports teams? Gifted athletic children are taken from their homes at an early age and put in sports schools away from their families and trained for sports performance. These children are as young as 5 years old. They can go home a few times each year.

What do they do for fun? People work many longer hours than Americans, and except for construction jobs, these jobs are all low-effort. They have a 2 hour lunch which they use for a nap; all businesses have beds for noontime naps. They have TV, games, and they play sports with their families. I saw people playing badminton on the street (no net, no court) on their lunch hour. They like to hike.

Do Chinese have freedom of speech? In their personal lives the Chinese speak freely, otherwise all information is tightly controlled. NO one is permitted to criticize the government in any way. TV, radio, textbooks are all confined to what the government (Communist) wants people to know. This also applies to religion. The law says there is freedom of religion but in actual fact, not so. Google blocks any search for democratic ideals, truth, or facts. You could probably not locate your own church’s website online. Anything critical of the Beijing government, that mentions the protesters in Tibet and other areas of China, and violations of human rights are blocked.
Doesn’t loss of human rights bother the Chinese people? Yes it does, but only a few years ago they were starving. Chairman Mao’s foolishness caused 30 million people to starve to death. Their standard of living is so much better now they don’t want to contest the government. But this will change.
Do they earn more money since they work so much longer? No, average wages are $100-$150 per month. Government (Communist) workers earn 3 to 5 times that much. Farm families earn less than that and 65% of the Chinese are still rural.

I have heard that China is now a capitalist country. The Chinese will say no, but I have to agree. The nation is one giant yard sale on weekends as people earn extra money. The epidemic of corruption by officials is the big problem. Bribes are demanded to do the smallest thing at all levels. If anything destroys China it will be corrupt officials. Resentment against these people is growing alarmingly and there have been unpublicized protests.

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9 responses to “More Facts Q&A about China

  1. ‘…the Chinese still say what they want is “to come to America” more than any other wish.’

    because America looks awesome in movies? I think even Americans want to move to America after watching a whole load of Hollywood 🙂

    Great article btw.

    • Thanks for the thumbs up. In actual fact when I was in China only American movies with lots of sex and violence were shown and the good ones, that show a more natural America, like “Beethoven” were no where to be found.

  2. Very well written.

    The false assumptions about west is highly related to media control and the education system. textbooks and TVs try to sell the chinese politic system and the party, criticize the other countries using different system. Some people develop independent thinking, learn more info from internet, but not everyone got the chance to do so.

    • Thank you for your kind words. My professor at University (in USA) was named DanDan Cai. She was an excellent teacher.

      Almost everything I read confirms what I felt and thought as a visitor to China. But the Internet is like a hole in the dyke that everntually will collapse the censorhip no matter what we do, and the truth will out.

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  4. Very interesting. Chinese students, especially from 8th-12th grade, do work much harder, but at the university level American students generally produce much (much) more research, and it is generally of a very good quality. Americans produce a quarter of the world’s scientific literature while accounting for only 5% of its population.

    Comparing different systems is tricky. It all depends on the metric used.

    Anyway, the Chinese are producing more and more academically every year, and will undoubtedly be increasingly important to international scientific progress.

    • Yes, I agree. The Internet is leveling the field and sharp Chinese are more than able to by pass the firewalls.

  5. The article is great!

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