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Dedication.This is definitely the most admirable character of the Chinese people! I think dedication is a great thing, it represents a person's selfless, kind character, which is very rare and precious. Many Chinese I know value devotion and reject self-interest and individualism. From giving up seats on buses to doctors from all over the country voluntarily applying to help Wuhan, the dedication of the Chinese people can be seen from small things to big things.


Different cultures have different moral codes. In Chinese culture, there are many examples of sacrificing oneself for the masses. In ancient Chinese myths and legends, Nu Wa stepped forward to repair the sky and save the world; Da Yu passed through his home three times but did not enter. He gave up his small home for everyone and spent several years taming floods in China. There are also many modern examples of dedication that children are taught to learn from starting in elementary school. It can be said that dedication is a required course for every Chinese. Sometimes I wonder, is a society that promotes dedication better? As it turns out, it can. Because any one of us could be the one to be helped.


Besides, Diligence is also a well-known characteristics of Chinese people. This is a photo I took of Chinese workers. Under the scorching sun, they were wearing safety cords and rubbing against the Windows of buildings dozens of meters high. It was hard work, but they were patient enough to polish every piece of glass until it reflected the blue sky. I often see this kind of Chinese, they do very hard work, but they take pride in their work and do it very well. And that's a great thing, because a lot of people give up hope because their lives are so hard. So whenever I see these people who are trying to live their lives, I am inspired by them.



I’ll mention four things that have stood out to me the most so far:


Always looking for things to learn and ways to improve themselves.


As with all of these, it doesn’t apply to everyone, of course. There are lazy Chinese, just like there are lazy Americans or lazy Europeans or lazy people anywhere else in the world. I’m not trying to make a comparison here or say everyone is like this. But, I would say that for a lot of Chinese I meet, they seem to have this in common.


For example, if I ask someone if they like their job, after normal things like whether it’s busy or not or if the pay is any good, they usually comment on whether they are able to learn something from the people they work with or improve themselves in some way through their job. I think that’s really cool. Just look at how many Chinese use Quora because they really want a place where they can practice and improve their English.


I find a lot of Chinese to be curious and lifelong learners. I think that’s awesome.


Hospitality and helpfulness.


Sure, sometimes it’s fake or just for show, but a lot of times, it’s really genuine.


Making a Chinese friend can take time, and you have to learn to tell the difference between who is a real friend and who is just putting on a show for ulterior motives (Chinese learn to do this with each other, too). When you do make a real Chinese friend, they’re worth their weight in gold.


I can’t tell you how many times people have taken me out for a meal or helped me with something just to be nice. Generosity, helpfulness, and hospitality really are traits that all well-mannered Chinese seem to share, and it’s a cool thing.


An indomitable spirit.


I taught for two years in a Chinese high school (高中) in the Lintong District of Xi’an. Of course, anywhere you go, in any country, there will be people who work hard and people who, well, don’t put in as much effort. But middle school in China…man, it’s rough.


Most students live at the school and spend almost the entire day in class. A typical day’s classes might start at about 8 a.m. and keep going until a lunch break for about two hours from noon to 2 p.m., but sometimes it’s not even that long, especially for 高三 students (seniors)—they might take a full half hour for lunch, but more often they bring their food back to their classroom so they can keep working. After lunch, regular classes resume until dinner, which is usually either 5:30 or 6 p.m., and again only lasts for about an hour.


After dinner, you have to go back to your classroom, where you either work on homework or sometimes have extra lessons or makeup lessons if anything happened to disrupt the normal class schedule that week. That goes at least until 9–9:30 p.m., or at least that’s usually how long the students are required to stay before they can go back to their dorms. After that, sometimes there are clubs and activities or free time, but as often as not, there’s more studying to do, because the amount of homework is usually pretty tremendous.


As for teaching styles and class discipline, it can vary a little from teacher to teacher, but I think it’s fair to say that many teachers (particularly the class teachers, who are responsible for supervising and disciplining a given group of students) can be very, very strict. Once, at my school, one of my students told me that after some boys in the class had been playing around with a basketball at the back of the classroom between classes, their class teacher made them line up outside and spent a half an hour yelling at them and smacking them across the face for goofing off, even though it was not during class time and they were in one of the highest ranked classes at the school.


And then there’s the pressure. Pressure from parents, pressure from teachers, pressure from your peers. Competition is extremely fierce to get into good universities, and the only way to get into a better university is to get a high enough score on the dreaded 高考 (gaokao, the university entrance exam). Every single point counts, and every moment of your life is leading up to the fateful day when you take that test. Everyone tells you that the entire rest of your life hangs in the balance of your performance on this test.

然后是压力。来自父母的压力,来自老师的压力,以及来自同龄人的压力。进入好大学的竞争非常激烈,而进入更好大学的唯一途径就是在可怕的事情上取得足够高的分数高考 (高考,即大学入学考试)。每一分都很重要,你生命中的每一刻都将迎来决定性的一天。每个人告诉你,你的余生都取决于你这次考试的表现。

But despite all that, I taught a lot of really incredible kids. I was amazed at how hard some of these students would work. And not only that, but how they would still keep their spirits up as much as they did. How they would still be really kind, genuine, funny, interesting people, despite being in such a tough situation with so much pressure day in and day out. It would be easy to give up, get frustrated, or be depressed—and, of course, for some that does happen. Probably many. But I was impressed by how many didn’t let it get to them—how many chose to do their best, and still keep up a good attitude and a positive, hopeful outlook. There were a lot of smart, talented, warm, and passionate students that I had the privilege to teach at that school. Maybe I was just lucky; I know different schools can have different characteristics, but I still think those qualities are something a lot of Chinese share.


In my last weeks of teaching at that school, I let my students use the entire class time to ask me any questions they wanted. I got a lot of questions about sports, or food, or my plans for the future and if I have a girlfriend or not, but there were some really interesting questions, too. One student asked me, “Are you worried about the future and what will happen?” I think that may have been what prompted the question. My answer might sound cheesy, but it was sincere. I told him that students like him and others at that school are what give me hope for the future. I genuinely think that, as depressing as problems in the world can be, people like him and his classmates are going to be the ones that make the world a better place.



The ability to turn any bad situation into opportunities.


Environmental pollution? Aging society?


OK. Let’s use them as opportunities to develop an industry: green economy, green technology, electric cars, age friendly tools, old age services, old age housing, old age friendly communities. You do not even have to be rich to be a part of these.


In a similar vein, the service industry is incredibly varied. If you have a demand, there will be some businesses which supply.


Slow economic growth? OK, let’s build infrastructure and it will pay back in the future. Then you see road and railway networks expanding.


2. Ready to try new gadgets, new apps.


Every time I visit, there are new life transforming innovations, or innovative ways to use existing technology. I visited China several days ago, it was amazing. WeChat literally turned the economy cashless. Even when you buy roasted sweet potatos, a dirt cheap street food usually sold by poor people, you can pay with WeChat. I first realised that in China, even the poor can afford to have a smart phone. I then realised that it is empowering. You can scan a QR code and get a public bike. You can scan a QR code to pay in restaurants so that you never have to be harassed by fake smiling waiting staff who cannot even get their eyes off the bill when you write the tip, or having to wait for hours to get your bill. You just scan, pay and go. Everything is sorted in 20 seconds.


3. The innovative spirit, in particular in the food industry.


Yes, American professors like to say that the Chinese are not good at innovation and the Chinese just nodded and agreed because they do not know how to think independently. Wooo—hahahahaha. Seeing American professors swamped Chinese universities during their teaching break, you kind of understand why they need to say so. They can be invited to Chinese universities to earn a second salary. No disrespect, they are great people, especially at the dining table. More adventurous than some of the ignorant Quora questioners.


Cooking technology is revamped almost every several years in China. They do not pay so much attention to colourful cooking gadgets, they change the way the industry works. Just think, what is special about a hotpot restaurant? It does not need a chef. The restaurant just washes and cuts the ingredients and the customers cook themselves. The new trend is steamer. You get everything steamed on your dining table. You can see the ingredients, fresh and clean. You steam it yourself. Just put the food on the steamer and set the timer. In a couple of minutes, the food is ready. You do not need balanced weight losing diet or formulas.


Inferiority syndrome. A lot of Chinese tend to be overly respectful to westerners. As a result, the latter often get spoilt. These days, as the Chinese economy gets better, people are more confident, especially in larger cities. Even so, when you see some of them greet the westerners, you still wonder why they are soooo hopeless. You do not have to be so cheap, do you? This gives some westerners the illusion that they can get away with anything. The reality is that China is a society where people respect good working ethics and delivery of results.

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