How To Be Chinese

What’s How To Be Chinese about?

Hey guys, this is Chris from The Longest Way.

For me, the last 10 years have been all about China: Living in China, walking through China, getting to know awesome people, having the most awesome food, and writing for Chinese newspapers. So now I thought it was time to give something back. Not just to China, but to everyone!

And here it is: How To Be Chinese, my personal guide to being Chinese. But how is that, you say?

I don’t have a Chinese passport, I don’t look Chinese, and I don’t even speak their unverständliche Sprache!

Behold, my friend! It’s not just about passports! And besides, check out these guys (Matteo Ricci, Mark Rowswell etc.)! Only some of them speak mandarin, and they certainly don’t look very Chinese either, do they? But actually, many Chinese would probably agree that these guys are more Chinese than most Chinese.

Yap. Because being Chinese can be about many things. It can be a traditional concept of family, and a peculiar obsession with blonde babies. It can mean having a cuisine that is so awesome, that everybody has to take pictures of everything on the table. It can mean calling people “old” if you want to honor them! But most of all, it means not taking everything too seriously.

So this is what we’re going to be doing here at How To Be Chinese: Be Chinese, and be AWESOME!! 

[accordion initial='0'] [accordion_item title='Cultural References'] [list style='regular'] [list_item]00:25 - Sick Of It All - "It's Clobbering Time" (song, 1989).[/list_item] [list_item]00:40 - Guo Degang (郭德纲) & Yu Qian (于谦) - "Bai Jiazi"《败家子》(performance, 2013).[/list_item] [list_item]00:45 - Agnes Smedley, Johann Adam Schall von Bell, Julien Gaudfroy, Robert Hart, Norman Bethune, Matteo Ricci, Mark Rowswell, Pearl S. Buck, John Ross (okay, that last one is sort of debatable).[/list_item] [list_item]01:03 - popular online video "Cute 2-year-old little Lolita from Germany, can speak Chinese, can even recite Tang poetry!"《两岁的德国可爱小萝莉,会说中文,还会背古诗!》of young Frederike singing the children's song "Elephant"《大象》: "Mama says only a long nose is beautiful"(妈妈说鼻子长才是漂亮)[/list_item] [list_item]01:15 - News segment from UDN TV (April 23th 2014): "Not only do people take single shots of culinary delicacies, but they also pose for photos together with their food"(不仅要单拍美食,自己也要来张合照)[/list_item] [/list] [/accordion_item] [accordion_item title='Translations'] [list style='regular'] [list_item]00:38 - "...unverständliche Sprache!" = "...incomprehensible language!"[/list_item] [list_item]02:34 - "Das stimmt." = "That's right."[/list_item] [list_item]02:37 - "...unverständliche... = "...incomprehensible..."[/list_item] [/list] [/accordion_item] [accordion_item title='Additional Information'] [list style='regular'] [list_item]The blue background used on some of the inserts is an enhanced version of the CCTV1 news bulletin on June 4th 1989.[/list_item] [list_item]The emoticons are part of a popular set of QQ icons.[/list_item] [list_item]Other sounds and Images are a) private or b) properly licensed through Envato, Depositphotos or Premiumbeat or c) belong to the public domain.[/list_item] [list_item]Licensed music at 01:32 is: BlueFoxMusic - "Get With It!" (Envato).[/list_item] [list_item]Drawings of my face by Jia Meng: http://lartdejiameng.blogspot.com [/list_item] [list_item]Glasses are from my dad. :)[/list_item] [list_item]The infamous Censorship Llama strikes at 00:25![/list_item] [/list] [/accordion_item] [/accordion]

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  1. Yap. Because being Chinese can be about many things. It can be a traditional concept of family, and a peculiar obsession with blonde babies. It can mean having a cuisine that is so awesome, that everybody has to take pictures of everything on the table. It can mean calling people “old” if you want to honor them! But most of all, it means not taking everything too seriously.
    <—————–HaHaHa, So funny~

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