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美版知乎:为什么许多外国人来中国后颠覆了之前在国内所了解的呢

Why do many foreigners who come to China think what they saw is so much different from what they heard at home?

为什么许多来中国的外国人认为他们的见闻颠覆了之前在国内所了解的呢?

以下是Quora读者的评论:

Stefan Dodov, studied at The Ohio State University

After US, I came to my home country and told my ex-boss that I got a job in China, in Shanghai. Her response was what will you do there??? Ants crawl on the walls, dirty and so on… I even thought like that.

在去过美国后,我回到我的祖国,告诉我的前老板我在中国上海找到了一份工作。她的回答是:你要去那儿做什么?蚂蚁在墙上爬,环境脏兮兮,等等……我之前也是这么认为的。

But that's what our western media (propaganda) is doing. If you rely on Hollywood you will believe that USA won in Vietnam because of Rambo, life is wonderful, everyone has unrealistic beauty standard, money grow on the trees and so on.

但那是我们西方媒体(宣传)干的事。如果你只看好莱坞电影,你会相信美国在越南获胜是因为Rambo,生活是美好的,每个人都有不切实际的美丽标准,钱是从树上长出来的等等。

If you see Latin soap shows you would believe that life in Mexico and other S. American countries is beyond wonderful. Plus you might have some rich parent that you don't know off till you are grown up to run the business.

如果你只看拉丁肥皂剧,你就会相信墨西哥和其他南美国家的生活非常精彩。另外,你可能有一些有钱的父母,但在你长大经营企业之前,你对他们的存在一无所知。

Haha. The thing is that China doesn't advertise her potential and the western media has the chance to provide and imagine of China according to the needs of their bosses. If you see the news, the only news shown from China are that of earthquake deaths, poverty, ghost cities, people eating dogs or bugs and miners dying in poor conditions.

哈哈。问题是中国没有宣传自己,西方媒体得以有机会根据老板的需要杜撰和想象中国的一切。如果你看新闻,跟中国相关的新闻不是地震伤亡、贫困、鬼城,就是人们吃狗肉吃虫子,或者矿工因恶劣的工作条件而丧生。

And this creates an image that here is so bad. And than BAM!!! You came to China, trains travel with the speed of 300 km/h, cars not older then 5 years, highways, industry etc… you can do your research. Enjoy China!!!

这严重抹黑了中国的形象。然后砰! ! !你来到中国,发现这里的火车以每小时300公里的速度运行,这里的汽车都是不超过5年的新车,这里的高速公路,这里的工业设施等等,不信你自己来中国看看。好好享受中国之旅哟! ! !

 

Stewart Campbell, lived in China

To be fair, in the media (in my countries of UK, Australia and New Zealand) China is NOT portrayed wrongly. It is well known there just how advanced and modern is China. But perhaps in the USA the media are, as the Donald says, full of “False News”!

公平地说,媒体对(在我们国家,如英国、澳大利亚和新西兰)中国的描绘还算客观。众所周知,中国非常先进,非常现代化。但也许在美国,正如唐纳德所说,媒体上充斥着“假新闻”!

However, in the past, China was indeed less modern and maybe even the way many people still believe it to be.

但在过去,中国确实并没有那么现代化,许多人仍然认为中国还是过去的样子。

The truth is that Asian countires are the new modern advanced places on Earth.

事实是,亚洲国家是地球上摩登的现代先进地区。

I live in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and China - my wife of 6 years is Chinese..

我住在澳大利亚、新西兰、苏格兰和中国——我结婚6年了,妻子是中国人。

Before my first visit to China (about 10 years ago) I expected the countryto be rather backward and maybe dirty. And, in fact, at that time, the city where I now spend a lot of time (and I am in Foshan, Guangdong as I write this) was not much better than I expected. Visibility was about a half kilometer. I remember a bridge near where I stayed (a Hotel in Foshan) - I could only ever see half way across it though it was less than a km long.

在我第一次访问中国(大约10年前)之前,我认为这个国家相当落后,也许还很脏。事实上,我现在经常去的那个城市(写这篇文章的时候我在广东佛山)并没有比我想象的好多少。能见度只有大约半公里。我记得我住的地方附近(佛山的一家酒店)有一座桥,虽然不到一公里长,但我只能看到桥的一半。

But I have been returning to China every year since. And every year I see improvements and advancement. Now, there is no pollution and I can see for many many kms in clear air. The roads have almost no motorcycles at all (and I haven’t seen a scooter since I arrived a week ago). The cars are nearly all quality cars and fairly new, and the roads are now quite busy. The driving standard has still a way to go - but is a million times better than it was. The shops, the malls etc are better than any I know in UK, NZ or Australia. I dont know all of USA - been mainly to the Western states, and been in all of those in or to West of Rockies - the standard of shops, malls, buildings, homes, railways and pretty much everywhere you look, is vastly superior in China. Do the people of USA realise just how backward their nation is compared to modern China??

但从那以后,我每年都会回中国。每一年我都看到中国的进步。现在这里没有污染,空气很干净,能见度有数公里。道路上几乎没有摩托车(而且自从我一周前到达后就再也没见过电动车了)。路上的车几乎都是质量很好的新车,道路现在也很繁忙。驾驶规范还有很大的进步空间,但已经比过去好了一百万倍了。那里的商店、商场等比我所知道的英国、新西兰或澳大利亚的任何一家都好。我对美国整体情况不太了解——我基本上去的都是西部各州,也去过落基山脉西部西部的所有州——比起这些地方的商店、商场、建筑物、住宅、铁路以及几乎你目力所及的一切,中国都要优越得多。美国人意识到他们的国家与现代中国相比有多落后吗?

I have now travelled in complete silence, smoothly at 325 km/hr on one of the high speed trains. I have witnessed how well dressed, modern and polite the people there are. How clean are the streets. How safe from crime I feel (what a difference from USA!!)

我现在是在绝对的安静中出行,搭乘着以每小时325公里的速度平稳运行的高铁。我亲眼看到那里的人穿得有多么讲究,多么时髦,那里的人多么有礼貌。街道多么干净啊。我觉得自己是如此的安全(与美国实在太不同了!!)

I recently spoke to an old friend to say that I was off to China again. And made some comments about how great the place now is and so modern. She looked a little quizzed and said she imagined China was big polluted cities linked with fields of poor peasants working in the paddy fields. I had to laugh!! But really, it is sad!

最近我和一位老朋友聊天,说我又要去中国了。我还说了中国现在有多棒,多现代化。她看上去有点困惑,说她想象中的中国就是污染严重的大城市,城市周围都是在稻田里干活的贫苦农民。我笑了!!但真的,这很悲哀!

 

Dawei Chen,

You’d expect to see Kung Fu everywhere:

You’d actually see a massive working class with no one knows Kung Fu pretty much:

You’d expect to see traditional architectures everywhere:

You’d actually see crap loads of skyscrapers with few traditional architectures:

You’d expect heavy pollution:

You’d actually see most places in China are pollution free:

You’d expect everything to be dirt cheap:

You’d actually see real estate here is a fvcking joke (forget houses, apartments cost millions):

You’d expect Chinese food to be all like this:

Well, if you try a different dish everyday, you’d die without trying all of them:

你可能以为会看到无处不在的功夫:

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可你看到的是一个庞大的工人阶级,没有人真的懂功夫:

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你可能以为会看到随处可见的传统建筑:

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可你看到的是一堆跟传统毫无关系的摩天大楼:

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你可能以为会看到严重的污染:

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可你会发现中国大部分地方都没有污染:

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