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中美学生对照 Contrast American & Chinese Students

in 陈凯论坛 Kai Chen Forum 不自由,毋宁死! Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death! Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:37 pm
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中美学生对照
Contrast American & Chinese Students


“自由人”对抗“中国人”序列
"Free Beings" vs. "Chinese" Series


陈凯一语: Kai Chen's Words:

To understand reality and find truth in the world is what the Chinese should do in order to be free. Not as some assume that first the Chinese need to be understood by the world.

去懂得与了解世界上的真知才是中国人应急迫去做的, 而不是像许多中国人想象的一样,先让世界来了解中国。


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Contrast American & Chinese Students
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By Kai Chen 陈凯 (Written 5/10/2006, Reprint 9/29/2011)

If you compare native born American students and the first or second generation Chinese American students, you will find that most Chinese American students have better grades and attend better schools. After they graduate, you will find most Chinese American students tend to have good, steady jobs with good incomes.

Yet, very few Chinese Americans have become prominent in community lives, in politics, in the military, in social activities, in becoming corporate executives... Somehow they are not in the American leadership echelon. I have heard some complaints from Chinese American communities. Some blame it on racism and glass ceilings, some blame it on the cultural barriers, some blame it on the language difference and their Chinese accent... But very few Chinese American families see that the defective Chinese family culture plays a big role in this phenomenon.

Most Chinese families, especially those who have just moved from overseas to America, have great work ethics and they taught their children to work hard as well. But they fail to understand that a capitalist society not only rewards hard work, mostly it rewards innovation and risk-taking. The free market rewards not only effort, but mostly talent plus creativity. This is where the Chinese families come short.

Having good grades does not make good citizens. It is only one element. Most Chinese families keep to themselves or just function in the Chinese speaking circles, either due to language difficulties, or a reluctance to merge into American mainstream culture. Many Chinese students have very little social contact outside their own cultural circle; many have very little extra-curriculum activities. Very few play sports which is a very big part in American life. Very few assume school student leadership activities and roles. Very few have things and interests that are special to themselves and to others. They are single-dimension competitors. They only work hard to get good grades.

Confidence is crucial in a person's social life and career. Yet many Chinese students are socially illiterate and are basically social retards. They simply don't know how to effectively communicate with others, others that are not in their cultural circle. They assume somehow people are not connected on individual basis but only on group and cultural basis. They simply fail to understand what America is about. They simply fail to take advantage of the enormously open social structure in America. They simply fail to express themselves as unique individuals.

My brother came many years ago. But he and his wife have never paid attention to their only son when he attended high school. They have never gone to a PTA meeting, never communicated with the teachers and school authorities, never even bothered to enter American mainstream culture. They have never travelled together as a family, never gone to see a movie as a family, never had any habbies to immerse themselves in the community... Of course they have every right not to know others, but just don't blame others for not knowing and understanding them. Their son eventually got in trouble with the law and involved in other unpleasant things, but ultimately they fail to understand that in America, in a free society, you are your own master. There is nobody else to blame. If one has shirked his own responsibility as a parent, what does he expect from his child? The only thing I ever heard from my brother and his wife is " making money" in America and life is so hard and so on. His wife eventually returned to China and retired at age 50, full of complaints about their American failure. She simply returned to the misery and stagnation she had known so well and from which she had some certainty.

It is not just my brother and his family. I see many such examples in Chinese American community. Yes indeed they have never had to speak a word of English in China Town or San Gabriel Vallley where are mostly occupied by ethnic Chinese. Yet, they have thoroughly failed to be active, conscientious individuals responsible not only to their own family and themselves, but to God and mankind. They have simply dropped out of American scene. So how can they blame America for their stagnant social status and a joyless life, for they had never bothered to know anybody else? I can't imagine that Condy Rice only worrys about Black community and still makes the Secretary of the State of America. Can you?

My point is maybe there is something (or lack of something) in the Chinese American community that is to be blamed for the failure. Maybe it is the narrow-mindedness in the Chinese culture, or the defects in the Chinese language itself, or something else we still need to find out. But just to blame America, the most open, most free society in human history for not paying attention to the Chinese is a joke. Attention and respect can only be earned, not asked or demanded.

I welcome everyone's opinion on this subject.

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Kai,

Thank you so much for a wonderful article. Your keen observation is to the point and is truly thought-provoking. Mediocrity is indeed the lamentable consequence of all the "good education" provides. Hopeful your writings will give everyone a little nudge out of this comfortable pit of going nowhere.
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RE: 中美学生对照 Contrast American & Chinese Students

in 陈凯论坛 Kai Chen Forum 不自由,毋宁死! Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death! Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:49 pm
by How American Students Defeat Chi
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高三才学会1元1次方程的美国人是如何战胜勤劳勇敢的中国人的
How American Students Defeat Chinese Students


2011-10-24

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我们从小就被应试教育束缚着,老师要求我们向“愚公移山”的主人公愚公学习,所以,我们的国人付出了大量的努力,从事愚公移山式的制造业,我们成为了世界廉价劳动力工厂,竟然还有人说这是“中国的骄傲”。

有些人又问了,那么,李智先生,要是我跟上面那SB似的,也开发一个程序做题,那我考试不及格怎么办?如果大家这样想,我只能说,应试教育对你的影响太大了,我劝有这样想法的人阅读完文章以后,不要骑自行车或者乘坐汽车了,不管你的家离学校有多远,改跑步或者走路回家吧,如果骑自行车或者乘坐汽车了,体育考试怎么办?也不要去用计算器了,不然,以后的数学考试怎么办?复印机,扫描仪也不行,不然,以后总写错别字,语文考试怎么办?以后也不要用手机拍照了,还是改画画吧,要不然美术过不了。按照这种逻辑,我们应该抛弃现有的一切科技成就,然后从头再来。

人,之所以能主宰世界万物,并不是因为人的力量有多大,速度有多快,攀爬能力有多高,牙齿有多么锋利,原因在于人可以思考,会思考的人类支配比人力量大10倍的牛来耕地;支配比人速度快10倍的猎狗去捕捉猎物;支配比人速度快10000倍的飞机飞往世界各地;支配比人看得远10000倍的望远镜去观测太空。

因此,创新与学习成绩的高低无关,假设学习成绩决定未来的收入,那你告诉我,为什么比你成绩好100倍的老师的收入仅仅够维持生活呢?因为,大部分拥有所谓“技术”的老师并不会思考,并不会把理论的知识应用于实践,就象上述所讲的牛、猎犬、飞机与望远镜一样,永远属于被支配的一类,这就是为什么你以后的BOSS一天到晚什么也不做,收入比你高,因为,他比你会思考。因此,在读了我的文章以后,希望大家能抛弃固有思想,养成思考的习惯,并掌握思考的方法,一切的创新是源于对现有生产效率或者生活状态的不满足,因此思考是产生创新的充分不必要条件。

4年前,上面开发程序那家伙大一,大一时这家伙利用学余时间卖自己的产品,大一时的平均月收入11000,拥有两项专利。

4年后,也就是今天,学习成绩好的人要么考了研,要么在找工作,要么在准备跳槽……

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