How much do Brazilians know about China? What is the image of China in Brazil?
Carlos Fujita, lived in Brazil
Well, as one would expect, there are a selected few that will know a lot about it, and a very large majority who will know almost nothing about it. Stereotypical impressions about China, shared by most people I know, include the following:
1.There are lots of Chinese there. Like, more than one billion. We do not really know how one billion people look like but it must be a hell lot of people.
2.Because of the huge population, there is a very strict one-child-only policy.
3.They suck at football. But they are really good at stuff like table tennis and maybe gymnastics.
4.They are extremely determined and disciplined. This translates in the most beautiful opening and closing acts of Olympic Games. But they lack social skills.
5.They all look the same. And they also look the same as Japanese and Korean people (I am of Japanese descent, so I hear this all the time).
6.They manufacture most of the stuff we use. Like kitchen stuff, clothes, electronic devices. We find it funny, but are not totally surprised, when we buy souvenir from a Brazilian city we visited on vacations and it is also made in China.
7.They eat bugs.
8.They eat lots of fried chicken and chop suey. Because this is what we buy every week from the local (Brazilian) home-delivery restaurant. The most famous is called “China in Box”.
9.There is a huge wall there, that can allegedly be seen from the moon.
10.Chinese language (yes, this is the way most people think of it – as one single Chinese language) is very difficult, not only because of the thousands of different letters one has to learn, but also because it is very difficult to speak.
11.It is very far away from here.
Some other stuff that sometimes pops up:
1.Chinese government is authoritarian. They mistreat Tibetan people, who in turn are all nice, peaceful, Dalai-Lama-like people.
2.There is also something going on with Taiwan. Not sure what…
3.They recently had a quarrel with Japan because of some empty island. This is because of some historic rivalry with Japan.
4.They have been there for, like, thousands of years.
5.Their culture is ancient. There was Confucius.
6.There are lots of rich people there. They like to buy expensive stuff.
7.There is Deal Extreme. And Ali Express.
Alex S. Constâncio, lives in Brazil
It's my oppinion we don't know much, in general.
We know it's a big country, with a milenary culture, with a dictatorial government. We know kung fu and many other martial arts have their roots in the Shao Lin temples and that there are many languages spoken in China, since we understand is as one country that was many ones in the past.
They are the inventors of the pasta and dynamite. They also have one of the biggest populations of the world and have a birth control system in effect for many years already, in order to prevent exausting all of their natural resources, more than they already are.
We know that we have to learn mandarim if we want to make business with China.
We know some pieces of their history from what movies show. We know they have a cinema industry bigger than Holywood, but not much of their production come to us. Usually, only big wuxia productions with Jacky Chan of Jet Lee. Sometimes a few romance stories with Gong Li or Zang Zi.
I believe the general knowledge about China in Brazil is fragmented, giving us a kind of incorrect and unaccurate idea on what the country is really all about.
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Luiz Dias, Product Development Engineer at Vishay Intertechnology
I've read some of the answers and for me, the knowledge cited doesn't represent the mass population in Brazil.
In other hand, the mass has some idea of the chinese, but usually doesn't refer to the citizen chinese: for the mass, Chinese and Japanese are called "japanese" indiscriminately*. When we talk about China here, it is natural to think about commerce and products. I still think that they refer to a product as "chinese" in a pejorative sense, something with raw quality, but this is changing year by year.
Augusto Filippo, lived in Brazil
Most of the people know that China is the most populated country in the world, but they don't need to study a lot to be aware of that. They also think of China as a place that people eat the most disgusting things like scorpions, rats and stuff. Some people have difficulty to know the differences among the Asiatic people, even asking sometimes "Aren't they all the same?", but that I think it isn't exclusively a brazilian vision.
But the image of China, for those who put effort into knowing a little bit more, is of a country with a very powerful educational system. Speaking for myself, I've read some articles about chinese education and it has given me motivation to my study schedule. Education is really the key to a huge development in many aspects to a country and the Chinese are wise to apply that.
Also, some books and magazines are treating China as the future #1 country, economically speaking, and that process of overcoming the USA has already started.
Marcus Vinicius Monteiro, I'm a Brazilian programmer
I don't think the average Brazilian knows much about China, except for the food and the Kung Fu.
As for the educated Brazilian, he probably knows that China is the most populated country in the world and an already huge and still growing economy. He recognizes Mao Zedong. To him, China is also a place where there is little political freedom, and serious environmental issues. Brazilian businessmen are probably the ones that most regularly think of China, in terms of how they can leverage China to make money. Finally, as a touristic destination, I think the Brazilian traveller would rather go first to Europe, the USA and the South American countries before going to the more exotic China.
As for the Brazilian expert in China, he probably knows it much more precisely and deeply than that.
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