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Q: Why do Chinese people not answer questions?

we have all been there i am sure:

you meet a Chinese person (or a group) and the 'interrogation' starts.

the questions range from the mild and innocuous:

   Where are you from?

   Do you like (insert word here)

to the bizzare

to the creepy / disgusting

 

and these could come from people you know well to random strangers.

 

but when I ask even the same (cilvil and/or innocuous) questions in return - there is nothing.

from a blank face to ignoring me or my question (as if ignoring the question makes it go away) and this to my face.

 

there appears to be no sense of the Chinese person understanding how rude (and childish) this is.

not to mention that is shows a complete lack of respect and contempt, as if being 'hospitible' only means saying 'we welcome foreigners, but only as something to be used to their advantage, not as people.

 

on another thread i asked a poster the same questions that he asked us, only to be ignored.

this is something only a child would do (in my experience)

yet he claimed to have a 'good friend who was European' so would be familiar with the expectation of the nature of Q&A between people.

 

to me, this is the main way Chinese people lose face and makes them seem untrustworthy.

With all this talk of 'you don't understand China' when i ask questions to gain more of an understanding there are only blank stares.

 

I did find another older question on the same theme, but was not satisfied with the anwers.

https://answers.echinacities.com/question/chinese-do-not-answer-direct-questions

 

your thoughts?

18 weeks 4 days ago in  Culture - China

 
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did you expect a Chinese person to answer here ? 

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They might be trained just to listen without a doubts ...

 

I've always had a problem to spur a discussion in Chinese classes ...

 I felt like I am a cop ... keep asking questions ..., but I've always considered a lack of English fluency was the reason for silence.

 

Now, here when you tossed a Q at Wang (OP) and he wouldn't answer it, I had a feeling he's conducting a survey. I was even thinking, if there is a way to make money by keep asking questions. 

I came across an English teaching job online advert, where I got a questionnaire with more than 30 questions. Once, I would submit a filled survey, I would qualify for the next step, buTT ... the next step never came .., so there sure is a way to earn something by doing surveys.

 

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The avatar and score on that post from 7 years ago seem vaguely familiar but I just can't put my finger on exactly why....

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Chinese are trained to be spys from a young age...lol...ask questions gain knowledge...but don't tell the enemy anything..lol...Huawei is the equivalent of MI6 only Huawei knows more.
Its like this thread...you can only see it on the VPN because George has quarantined us from infecting the Chinese users with truth and facts

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did you expect a Chinese person to answer here ? 

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i chatted to a Chinese friend on this issue, and she said that it seems some Chinese people like to test the tolerance limit of foreigners by incessent questioning.

likewise for refusing to answer questions.

 

so - we are an experiment / entertanment, not actually real people.

but then we know that already, as Chinese people can be quite transparent in this respect.

 

 

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Seven years in China and I had not one Chinese friend. Much of the reason for this was the fact that even those with the best of English they could not hold a proper conversation and would resort to asking stupid questions. I would, in turn, ask my own even more daft questions until they shut up and left me alone. 

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Let's be honest here. The only value you as a foreigner posses is to exploit for profit of some kind. Profit could be financial, face, ridicule to get face, just to hate on outsiders. It is rare to to point of non-existent when a Chinese person is your friend simply because they like you and uou share some interests. They always want something. Always.

The ubiquitous awkward and crude questioning is them just attempting to imitate a conversation and attempting to trigger a response that will affirm an ingroramous' view of the world.

They are also trying to be cunning in not answering a question or giving non-answers. It is culturally ingrained that if someone knows something about you, then they will at some point use that knowledge against you (for their own profit/benefit).

Everything is about exploiting someone or a situation for profit and benefit.

On a side note, have you ever noticed that no Chinese person will ever just call or wechat you with "Hey, how's it going? Do you want to hang out tomorrow?"
Never. No Chinese person will contact you unless they want something that will profit/benefit them and expect/demand you drop what you are doing to comply. Once you've done it, they ghost you again.
If you don't do it, expect a tantrum, some transparent emotional blackmail and then threats "But we are good friends. I will report you. I hate Japan."

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Why do Chinese people not know how rude they are when they don't answer civil questions?

 

In the eyes of non Chinese, this makes them seem uncivilised and ignorant.

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90% of them don't know what I just asked (I'm being generous), and that brings 'Face' into it...

 

“It is better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln

Here is a verse from the Bible that sounds similar, but clearly different:

“Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” – Proverbs 17:28 NIV

haha,,, I asked an English teacher about 20 times,,  where is the 'copier machine',,,  she got totally stuck on 'coffee machine',,,,,,,   haha,,,, 'There is no coffee machine.',,,  damn,,, I still lmao about that....,,,,,,,,,   ***white guy from America I Must be looking for the 'coffee machine'.  :p Tongue

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