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  • Top 10 Ridiculous Myths About The Chinese

  • 10. The Great Wall of China Can Be Seen From Space

  • Can you see it? No, because it’s impossible. One of the most pervasive Chinese myths is

  • that of the Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure that can be seen from space.

  • The thing is, the Great Wall of China has never been visible from space; in fact, one

  • of China’s own astronauts discovered that this oft-repeatedtruthwasn’t the

  • least bit true. Now, some may think that China would cover something like this up for the

  • sake of saving face, but that is quite the opposite of how they reacted. Instead, they

  • have talked of changing the school textbooks that repeated the myth, and essentially blamed

  • the myth on them allowing it to be printed regularly in books.

  • 9. The Internet Is 100% Censored

  • Everyone knows at this point that China censors the Internet. But people are often under a

  • mistaken impression as to how China goes about this censorship. While there is fair amount

  • of censorship, it is mainly concerned with preventing people from criticizing the Party

  • too much, causing unrest, or starting a physical protest. The censorship is not nearly as heavy-handed

  • as many people tend to think. It is also important to note that China does not have nearly as

  • much control as some think they do; users constantly come up with new coded language

  • to stay ahead of the censors, and some believe that as more of China’s enormous population

  • goes online, it will be even harder for them to contain. To paraphrase former President

  • Bill Clinton, it is similar in effect to trying to nail Jell-o to a wall. It is important

  • to note, however, that China will crack down hard on anyone trying to use the Internet

  • to organize a protest.

  • 8. Chinese Computer Geeks Are The Best At Hacking

  • Many people, especially in the USA, are worried about Chinese hackers, who seem to have taken

  • quite an interest in American computer networks recently. However, it is important to keep

  • in mind who these Chinese are. Some assume that it is the Chinese government, but we

  • don’t really have evidence for this, or any evidence that the Chinese are hostile

  • to the USA at all.

  • But more to the point, one man conducted a survey and concluded that the problem wasn’t

  • that the Chinese hackers were particularly great at hacking, but that American companies

  • computer security was abysmal. He argues that the Chinese may be capable of even more sophisticated

  • hacking, but that if they are we have not seen it yet, because it has not been necessary.

  • Essentially, we are making it way too easy to be hacked.

  • 7. Women Are Lower Than Dirt There

  • Many people are under the impression that women are entirely second-class citizens in

  • China. Now, while China may not give women their full due, they are actually much more

  • progressive in that regard than many other countries. While China does have a sex trafficking

  • problem, the government is taking very serious steps to deal with it. Women also aren’t

  • doing well in the public arena when it comes to jobs; however, again the government is

  • trying to deal with the issue. Further, their own Constitution is supportive of giving women

  • more and better opportunities.

  • While Chinese women are behind men when it comes to education, in the past decade Chinese

  • women have jumped up about six years in average amount of education. Women also appear to

  • be doing better when it comes to higher education than men. The problem remains, but things

  • are much better than many might think.

  • 6. The One-Child Policy Applies To Everybody

  • While the One Child policy definitely still exists, and is meant to control population,

  • there is much more to it than many think. The main confusion among many is the idea

  • that the policy applies to everyone in China. This could not be further from the truth.

  • You see, there are actually many exemptions for the law, some of which include minorities,

  • couples who were only children, and many others. What this means is that the amount of people

  • who actually have to follow the policy is only about 35%, not even close to half of

  • the eligible population. Also, the policy is enforced through taxation for extra children

  • so, if you have enough money, you can choose to go ahead and have more kids and simply

  • pay for it.

  • 5. All Babies That Violate The One-Child Policy Are Killed

  • Many people are under the impression that the Chinese kill babies as a matter of policy.

  • The truth is China has a problem, but a slightly different one. Boys are considered more desirable

  • so, with the One Child policy, people will sometimes give up little girls for trafficking,

  • or find some other way to get rid of them. This demographic shift has left the genders

  • quite lopsided in the country.

  • Perhaps surprising to some, gender-selective abortions aren’t allowed and, as a general

  • rule, the Chinese people do not approve of people harming their babies or selling them

  • to traffickers if they didn’t get the gender they wanted. When the bodies of around twenty

  • babies showed up in China, clearly having been abandoned, the Chinese people disapproved

  • of it just as strongly as anyone else would.

  • 4. They Don’t Care About Anybody’s Copyright

  • China is known around the world for ripping off other people’s ideas and producing cheap

  • knockoffs, blatantly ignoring the copyright clearly set in place by the idea’s originator.

  • The truth, however, is that much of this is due to the misunderstanding by western companies

  • of how the Chinese copyright system works. The Chinese actually have a very comprehensive

  • set of copyright laws that has been praised internationally. So the question is, why do

  • the Chinese appear to rip off so many technologies, characters, and media? Well, it turns out

  • that the way copyright law works in China, you don’t actually need to register your

  • product to have a trademark. However, if you don’t register it, it is nearly impossible

  • for any action to be taken against the company that is stealing your idea. This has caused

  • many western businesses to misunderstand and not actually register their copyright in China,

  • which makes it really difficult for them to avoid their ideas being stolen.

  • 3. Chinese People Eat Babies

  • A story went around awhile back that a Chinese performance artist had eaten a baby, all with

  • pictures allegedly showing the act. This story became so pervasive that people started the

  • hysteria train and didn’t get off at the next station. The next thing you know, people

  • were claiming that Chinese people like to eat babies all the time. Actually, Snopes

  • explored the rumor, and believe that the entire stunt was faked using a duck carcass with

  • the head of a doll attached. Obviously, China does not support the eating of babies, and

  • cannibalism is just as frowned upon there as it is pretty much everywhere else.

  • 2. China Is A Communist Nightmare

  • Many people are either under the impression that Communism has a stranglehold on China,

  • or that China is on the brink of collapse due to its Communist policies. The truth,

  • as is often the case, is somewhere closer to the middle. To begin with, China is actually

  • doing fairly well economically, despite the troubles that have hit the entire global economy,

  • and they have managed to do it while still being a Communist country. However, China

  • is also well known for taking influence from other countries, and has become more capitalist

  • in recent years. This may be due in part to many influential leaders in China studying

  • at famous western universities like Harvard.

  • 1. Theyre Ready For War With The USA

  • This is probably the most common and dangerous misconception of all. Many seem to be under

  • the impression that China is preparing for war, or possibly actively looking for one.

  • This really could not be further from the truth. While it is known that China is as

  • prepared as any large nation to protect their own national interests if necessary, and would

  • respond in kind if attacked, there is much more to it than that. The truth is that China

  • has absolutely no interest in war with anyone, no matter how small. Right now China is developing

  • their country and going through growing pains, and war is the last thing on their minds and

  • the last thing they need. Especially when it comes to situations like North Korea, China

  • would prefer all hostilities be avoided completely if possible.

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    Pedroli Li posted on 2016/03/29
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