As one of the most populous nation in the entire world, China has a relatively strict censorship of media. Therefore, many people have a fundamentally untrue view of what happened in China. Even if some of the views can be real, they are mixed with a lot of misunderstandings or rumors. It is probably somewhat unsurprising that people have all sorts of crazy ideas about the Chinese people and their ways. Below we explore 10 Ridiculous Myths about the Chinese and the truth hidden in the rumors.
The Great Wall of China can be seen from space
One of the most pervasive Chinese myths is that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure that can be seen from space. However, the truth is that the Great Wall of China has never been visible from space, which was discovered by one of China’s own astronauts. So, the Chinese leaders have talked about changing the school textbooks so as not to repeat the myth.
The Internet is 100% censored
Many people know at this point that China censors the Internet，but people are often under a mistaken impression as to how China goes about this censorship. There is a fair amount of censorship, but it is mainly for preventing people from causing unrest or starting a physical protest. And the censorship is not nearly as heavy-handed as many people tend to think, instead, users constantly come up with new coded language.
Chinese computer geeks are the best at hacking
Many people, especially in the USA, worried about Chinese hackers who seem to have taken quite an interest in American computer networks recently. However, one man conducted a study and concluded that the problem wasn’t that the Chinese hackers were particularly great at hacking, but that American companies’ computer security was abysmal.
Women are lower than dirt there
Many people are under the impression that women are entirely second-class citizens in China. Now, while women may not have their full rights, the protection of rights in China is actually much more progressive than many other countries. What’s more, the Constitution is supportive of giving women more and better opportunities. Also, in the past decade, Chinese women have jumped up about six years in the average amount of education women also appear to be doing better.
The one-child policy applies to everybody
Many people believe that the one-child policy applies to all Chinese. In fact, there are actually many exemptions for the law, some of which include minorities, the couples who were only children and many others. What this means is that the amount of people who actually have to follow the policy is only about 35%. What’s more, China now implements universal two-child policy.
All babies that violate the one-child policy are killed
Many people are under the wrong impression that killing babies is a matter of policy for the Chinese. The truth is that China do has a problem, but is slightly different. Some of the parents who prefer boys will sometimes give up their little girls or find some other way to get rid of them. In fact, in China, some gender selective abortions aren’t allowed and as a general rule the Chinese people do not approve of people harming their babies or selling them to human trader if they didn’t get the gender they want it.
They don’t care about anybody’s copyright
China is often criticized for ripping off other people’s ideas and producing cheap knock-offs. The truth however is that much of Western companies misunderstand how the Chinese copyright system works. In fact, the Chinese actually have a very comprehensive set of copyright laws that has been praised internationally. So why do Chinese companies appear to rip off so many technologies characters and media? Well, it turns out that the way copyright law works in China is you don’t actually need to register your product to have a trademark. However, if you don’t register it, it’s nearly impossible for any action to be taken against the company that is stealing your idea. This has caused many Western businesses to misunderstand and they actually not register their copyright in China, which makes it really difficult for them to avoid their ideas being stolen.
Chinese people eat babies
A story went around a while that a Chinese performance artist had eaten a baby all with pictures allegedly showing the act. The story became so pervasive that people got outraged and hysterical. Then people were claiming that Chinese people like to eat babies all the time. Actually, Snopes explore the rumor and found that the entire stunt was faked using a duck carcass with the head of a doll attached. Obviously, China does not support the eating of babies and cannibalism is just as frowned upon there as it is pretty much everywhere else.
China is a communist nightmare
Many people are either under the impression that communism has a strangle hold on China or that China is on the brink of collapse due to its communist policies. The truth is that China is actually doing fairly well economically despite the troubles have hit the entire global economy and they have managed to do it.
They’re ready for war with the USA
This is probably the most common and dangerous misconception of all. Many people seem to be under the impression that China is preparing for war or possibly actively looking for one. This really could not be further from the truth. While it is known that China is as prepared as any large nation to protect their own national interests if necessary and would respond in kind if attacked. The truth is that China has absolutely no interest in war with anyone no matter how small right. Now China is developing their country and war is the last thing on their minds. China would prefer all hostilities be avoided completely if possible.
So, have you ever heard some ridiculous myths about China? Are you believing this ridiculous myths? In recent years, with the rapid development of China’s economy, China has embarked on the international stage. More and more people are beginning to understand things about China. I believe that rumors will squash, and more and more people will see a more real China.