Quick: name something that unites the German and the Chinese people. Nicole Nierrad-Schalke
writing in the Shanghai Daily, has one unconventional idea: stereotypes. Comparing how Germans are perceived around the world to how they're perceived in China, she decides the two cultures
may share certain values:
Four main images of the German
character exist all over the world: the militarist, the (Bavarian) beer
drinker in leather trousers, the accurate engineer and the corpulent,
These stereotypes can be found in China too.
But Chinese people tend to regard Germans more as a role model of
efficiency, effort, self-confidence, seriousness, sense of duty, and
One reason, she hypothesizes, could be "that these
special German characteristics are very similar to Confucian virtues
and are important for Chinese society even today." Convinced?
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