Why do the Chinese behave badly?
This often leads to the fact that Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and no matter where the people come from are simply referred to as Asians. What is rarely taken into account, however, is the fact that the individual states are by no means “all the same”, as is so often shown. Even individual regions within a state can namely especially culturally completely different be. It is also noticeable that the prejudices are almost exclusively limited to the Japanese and Chinese. Other citizens are often simply counted among them - Asia is so much more than that! So it's high time to do a prejudice check and see which characteristics actually apply to whom and which are complete nonsense. However, the characteristics that apply to a large part are of course only to be treated with caution. Because logically these do not automatically apply to every person just because they come from a certain region. Or do we all wear lederhosen without exception and love sauerkraut? ;)
Is it true, that…? - Asians in the prejudice check
You only meet Japanese in groups | Everything has to be photographed! | Japanese are being forced to work overtime
Chinese cannot pronounce "R" | Asians do not tolerate alcohol
Dogs and cats are eaten in China | Sipping while eating is welcome
You only meet Japanese in groups
An extremely widespread prejudice is that mostly Japanese are themselves almost exclusively in large groups romp and absolutely not shy away from huge crowds. In fact, this prejudice is in some ways true, as many Japanese people actually have a very strong sense of community. In addition to this great preference to always be in groups, that is also Striving for harmony extremely important within this group. Well-known pictures from huge cities like Tokyo also lead to the widespread impression. Such megacities simply have extremely high numbers of inhabitants in a small area - it quickly creates a bigger chaos, whether a visit to a swimming pool is so relaxing remains to be seen ... :)
Everything has to be photographed!
Since many Japanese also like to travel in a group, this leads directly to the most famous prejudice: The Japanese take photos of everything and everyone and be it only the most unspectacular and everyday things. It is also very important that you and your relatives can always be seen in the photos. This prejudice also applies to many Japanese people, the reason here is often that they rarely go on vacation and often summarize their popular round trips through Europe in a few days. For example, a tour through 8 European countries in just 10 days is very much in demand. This means that the buildings and landscapes can only be photographed quickly in order to be able to enjoy the memories in peace and quiet at home. And of course they don't do that alone, not only in Japan but also in China it is common for many after returning from their travels real photo parties to organize! You meet with friends and relatives in order to present each other's impressions at regular events and to fill your bellies with various delicacies. Cool idea actually! :) In addition, vacation photos of the family in front of major European sights are important Status symbol.
Japanese are being forced to work overtime
It almost sounds like the Japanese suffer from extremely poor working conditions and are hardly allowed to take vacation, right? However, it is not true, on the contrary: The reason is this completely different mentality than in this country. In Germany, for example, some people torment themselves to their often apparently rather unpopular work and only get the day there with great difficulty on the verge of psychological madness. On the other hand, it is extremely important for many Japanese to have theirs To do the job in an absolutely exemplary manner and to stay a few hours longer. Many just love to do a good job and therefore simply don't want to take a vacation because they don't want to appear lazy. In order to counteract the "voluntary revision", many companies simply switch off the electricity in the evenings to quasi to the employees to "force" to do their leisure time. In the same way, in some places there are even 2 extra days of vacation when you finally take longer than 3 days off. So the image of Japanese employees who are forced to work from early morning until late at night and who suffer from depression is actually not true at all. They like to work longer than necessary, but mostly voluntarily and the average working time is almost the same as the OECD average.
Chinese cannot pronounce an “R”
Lock n ‘Loll! It is a very common prejudice, especially against the Chinese, but also against the Japanese. What is meant is that Inability to pronounce the letter "R"which instead comes very close to the "L". However, this prejudice is only true at first glance; it is due to the fact that there is no sound in Chinese that sounds like the R - but you can learn it. However, since the L and the R are divided into the same sound class, many Chinese use the L before they learn to pronounce the R sound, which is completely foreign to them. The Japanese also have problems with the R, but also with the L - so they just use one Mixed sound from both letters.
Asians do not tolerate alcohol
The reputation of Asians for all of them is also known do not tolerate alcohol. However, this is also only partly true. The reason for the intolerance is the lack of an enzyme in the liver, which is responsible for breaking down the alcohol. If this enzyme is missing, the affected person will feel sick from even very small amounts of alcohol and their heart will race. However, they are affected by this genetic predisposition just under 50% of the people from the Pacific region, which includes many Asian countries. Accordingly, the prejudice theoretically applies to just under half of the people - which of course represents a significantly higher percentage than elsewhere.
Dogs and cats are eaten in China
When people talk about eating habits in this country, especially from the Chinese, it ranks high on the list of related thoughts together with the Chinese restaurants: The rumor, which is quite creepy for many, that they like to go there too Dogs and cats consumed become! This prejudice cannot be completely denied either, but here, too, major compromises have to be made. This is how dogs, cats and other unusual animals apply exclusively in parts of southern China as a regional delicacy. Outside of these areas, however, many Chinese also perceive this “delicacy” as pretty repulsive, with which this fact must by no means be generalized. It is just an indication that China, with its 1.3 billion inhabitants, has over countless very different cultures that are difficult to summarize as a whole.
Sipping while eating is welcome
Another well-known prejudice that persists and it's true! The main purpose of slurping is to cool the hot soup in which the noodles are usually served. It also makes it easier to eat the often very long pasta and is by no means considered impolite. But it can be even more unusual: In Korea, for example, a signals loud smacking when eating, that the food actually tastes good and is therefore part of good manners. For us, the most unusual table manners are in China: Here it is neither frowned upon to smack or slurp, burp or speak with your mouth full. What would probably trigger scandalous reactions here shows that Chinese people want to have a good time while eating. Likewise, it is also not unusual to simply light a cigarette at the table while eating - almost unimaginable here, but a feel-good factor in the Middle Kingdom. :)
So all in all it is amazing that almost every prejudice can be confirmed, at least in some way. But of course, as already mentioned, it does not affect everyone from an Asian country. Logically there are also Japanese who hate taking photos and Germans who can never take enough snapshots - accordingly, prejudices should not be generalized and should be enjoyed carefully.
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