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Five famous Belgians Chinese

China Daily has a survey on American knowledge of China (in the broad rather than post '49) sense, and the results are a little dispiriting. I cannot access the source data, so am making do with CD's filleting of the findings.

"The most famous Chinese people are Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Mao Zedong, Confucius, Jet Li, Yao Ming, Buddha, Lucy Liu, Genghis Khan and Chow Yun-fat, the survey found".

Of those, four are martial artists and five are dead. I would take issue with terming Ghenghis Khan Chinese, although he was of China and the Buddha was about as Chinese as Maurice Chevalier was English. The lovely Ms Liu is ethnically Chinese but born in a part of the Middle Kingdom called Queens. Yao Ming - who I had to look up - is 'a pituitary case who stuffs a ball through a hoop'. It would be easy enough to mock Middle America's ignorance, but I can't say that my top of mind recall is that much better - I can name some politicians living or dead, a few tycoons and a writer or two.

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Anonymous Ross said... 9:58 am

There was a survey once to discover who the most famous living Japanese person was, the winner was Bruce Lee, a dead Chinese man.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:41 am

Good spot. Thanks.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:48 am

Yao Ming? Isn't he that Scotch bloke from Birmingham?  



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