What do you think of Chinese people?

Things I like about Chinese people:

-Hardworking

-Ambitious

-Confident

-Willing to take risks

-Brutal honesty

Things I don’t like about Chinese people:

-Too nationalistic, they like to brag about China and how its better than other countries a lot, their cities, their food, their women etc I wish they had more humility

-Ironically even though they criticize other countries like USA/Japan/Korea etc all the time they cannot seem to take criticism of their own country well. They share this in common with Americans. Dude, just accept that the CCP makes some mistakes and that China isn’t perfect. Don’t jump down by throat for giving some honest feedback/criticism about your country. And they will inevitably talk about you are ‘brainwashed’ by Western media even though you are being the open minded one here.

-Face culture. Hate it. Created a generation of materialistic snobs.

-Gender inequality. I hate the BS ‘women hold up half the sky’ talk. If they hold up half the sky shouldn’t they pay for half of everything too? I don’t get why in the country with the lowest gender wage gap, the men still gotta pay for everything. Everything should either be equal and fair to both sexes, or if they insist men pay for everything, then they should do more than men at home or something. Otherwise its not equal.

What are the top 10 things that Chinese don’t know about Korea?

I think the biggest and #1 misconception China has about Korea is that they often think Koreans are much more arrogant and vain than they actually are. I think their impressions of Koreans = nationalistic netizens. But those are not the everyday Korean people, just like how nationalistic Chinese netizens do not represent the average Chinese.

Since 2013 I’ve been back to Korea each and every year, and I’ve never met any Korean that hated China or thought that Korea was better than China or thought that Confucius/chinese festivals/chinese history/etc was Korean, never. Yet this is a widespread belief amongst Chinese people both I met in person and online, I’m not exactly sure why.

Personally from my experience (both online and in person), I’ve found that Chinese people brag a lot more about their country than Koreans do. Many Koreans actually dislike their country a lot (young peoples call it ‘Hell Joseon’) and one of the main differences I’ve found between Korean and Chinese is that Koreans lack a lot of self-confidence (either in their English or appearance or abilities, etc) whereas Chinese are very confident in themselves. So I don’t know how Chinese could think that Koreans are arrogant unless their opinion comes from nationalistic Korean netizens only (2002 World Cup controversy etc I’ve never met a Korean who actually brought up this topic in person, only online).

I think #2 misconception is that USA controls South Korea and can order it to attack anyone they want but its not true:

After becoming a democracy in the 1990s, the South Korean government assumed peacetime command of its 655,000 active military personnel.

The South Korean military coordinates closely with the Combined Forces Command and the United Nations Command led by U.S. General Vincent Brooks, who is also commander of the 28,500-plus member U.S. military force in Korea.

In wartime, the U.S. commander would assume control of South Korean forces as well, but it is not an automatic transfer of command. The South Korean president has to first agree to cede that control.

South Korea could soon take control of its own wartime operations from the USSouth Korea actually has full control over its military even in war-time in the near future

What would happen if China opened up trade during Qing Dynasty and modernized early?

Would entirely change China’s history. If Qing emperors weren’t so close minded and xenophobic and actually opened up their country to trade circa 1700s, everything would change.

First of all, China would be the first to industrialize in Asia, not Japan. If Japan did not industrialize first, it would have lost to China and the Sino-Japanese Wars (both of them) would end up with Japan being defeated. The Opium wars similarly might not have ended up as lopsided as it did. Same for Boxer Rebellion. If the late Qing emperors (after Qianlong) were actually competent (let’s not forget Dowager Cixi made some crucial mistakes as well), China’s Qing dynasty might have lasted another 100 years.

China would not have lost Hong Kong to the British. They would have not have lost Taiwan to Japan. Korea would likely still have been taken over by Japan but it’s possibly Japan would not have taken over Manchuria because Qing would have defended that.

If Qing held on to their territories and defended themselves well and had competent emperors, Xinhai revolution would not have happened and ROC would not exist which also means PRC would not exist. If Qing lasts another 100 years, your guess is as good as mine because I have no idea honestly what would have happened there. It’s probable that Japan would not have become as powerful as it was, the Japanese Empire would be weakened, China would have been stronger, and perhaps that would have led to a Cold War era with three superpowers: USA, USSR and China. Likely China would end up closer to something like Russia’s government today? Which ironically, is not too different from what China is now. (but China would have avoided the Mao-era with the famines / cultural revolution)