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Q: Why is it ALL Chinese people think table tennis was invented in China?

I always ask people this, just to catch them out and see the look of horror and disbelief on their face.

From Wikipedia:

The game originated as a sport in Britain during the 1880s, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlour game, then commonly known as "wiff-waff".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_tennis

8 years 6 weeks ago in  Sports - Lanzhou

 
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This is news to me as well. I thought ping pong was invented in Ding Dang.

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From that same source; It also say Table tennis, also known as ping-pong. Both games are similar. Chinese love ping pong! They are a world champion.

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This is news to me as well. I thought ping pong was invented in Ding Dang.

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They may not have invented it, but are by the dominant country in this sport. They supply players to many other countries as well. It is easier for many of their better players to seek citizenship elsewhere, be certain to be selected in the new homelands national team and have a crack at an Olympic medal than it is to try and battle with 20 or so players of similar standard to make the Chinese team.

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The game was actually refined in Hungary and a guy named Barna was the top of the tree. The sponge filled paddle was an Asian improvement on the wood bats and allowed enormous amounts of spin to be applied to the ball. The application of spin was refined even more by the Chinese as they started to dominate the sport. I played this game competitively for 10 years but wouldn't stand a chance against Asian players now. The Swedes are pretty good too I believe but as somebody mentioned a lot of the European countries are represented by Asian players. Ditto in Australia. The Yin and the Yang and the Ping and the Pong I guess.
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I did not who invited pingpong I only know China is the best at it... Wink

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I do think the reason is that China has many excellent ping pong players. I have just read an article about the list of ping pong players include male and female and China has more than 50%.

 

http://www.pingpoolshark.com/top-10-ping-pong-male-players/

http://www.pingpoolshark.com/top-10-female-ping-pong-players/

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It would be interesting to know how many Chinese understand meaning of the word 'invented' (in Chinese) to get 'full scope' on Chinese-inventions-thinking.

 

Pints should double (at least!) to replies at an ancient post.

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That's easy; 10,000 years ago, the part of England where ping pong was invented was a Chinese colony. That's why the Chinese think they invented it. But at that time China was a democracy and the communists didn't exist yet.

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Sadly China is the land of lies and face. Yesterday, I caught someone taking a photo of me. I confronted them and they insisted that they weren't . Took their phone went into wechat and pointed at the photo of me that they sent to their friend. They still insisted that they weren't but this time laughing. I then pressed the phone against his head telling them to delete the photo, yelled at him embarrassing them (only thing that can be done short of breaking their necks). A few weeks ago I had to break a piece of a guy's phone because they were lying.   

Face is the dumbest thing imaginable that encourages lying about things like who invented what. China invented soccer, China stole Aesop's fables/ bible proverbs and let's not forget how the whole 500 years came about after an official's visit to Rome.

Western society has grown week, the educated liberals who are the one's who should be calling BS on this just repeat the lies for fear of being seen as racist. 

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