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Q: Do Chinese people in real life...

...fabricate an adventurous life by reading wikipedia and other internet sources, and try to pass it off as their own like a few here do?

9 years 4 weeks ago in  Culture - Beijing

 
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From my experiences here I believe the average Chinese family leads what we would refer to as an excrutiatingly mundane life consisting of shopping, eating, sleeping and getting together for no apparent reason.

Plagiarism and copying is an acceptable form of communication here. Whether it be written, emotional or physical. There must be an old Chinese proverb somewhere that reads, "If you must attain face or get ahead in life, copying from others is paramount. Only the fool speaks for himself."

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I can't speak for the average Chinese family.  I am not quite sure what the average Chinese might be either.  

I am sorry that many feel on this Board have negative sentiments about the country and feel that plagiarism and copying is an acceptable form of communication in the PRC.  I do believe that this criticism is not indigenuous to China alone.

In my teaching days at home, however, rest assured that plagiarism was just as rampant among the students that I taught -- amongst those that actually read and write with a certain amount of literacy, however, because in the school where I worked, 50% of the students could not meet the state's minimum qualifications for reading and writing proficiency.

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I agree with you that most Chinese lead a mundane life ,especially those aged over 45 years old.But  more and more youngsters in China begin to think about the meaning of life,they start to think about the other things other than money,house,and rank.Though the number of this group is still small,but there indeed exist.I don't know why you think there are some Chinese here fabricating the adventurous life and just to show off,anyway,i don't know any one among the people around me.Maybe there are some one like this in the country ,but i think most of the articles about adventure writen by Chinese tell the truth.

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Maybe because this is how religion influence you, even if you are not real religious people. 
Religious people deem atheists are ignorance, and live a mundane life.

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Does religion have to do with the difference in ethics in west and east?  thedude thinks not.  I don't see how he could be right.  In the West and especially in America, religion is an innate and unavoidable influence.  Whether we are aware of it or not, whether we are "religious" or not, religion and it's ethical culture influence all in the West.  The founding father's actions and laws were faith based.  From the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution, to the structure of our government (America), religion and the fear and respect of a God is a powerful influence.  Even those who profess atheism have a family tree that leads to a belief in a higher power, thus a sense of higher ethics.  God has always been the ultimate check and balance in the West, even if some do not conciously recognize it.
The East is another matter, especially China.  Government wiped God off the map quite a while ago and in essence have replaced God.  And when they saw "God" cheating, the people were bound to copy.

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