Chinese stereotypes, foreign stereotypes, cross-cultural stereotypes

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stereotipiIn the last days I’ve been reading an article on a Chinese magazine about the tv format of 2010 in China, which is still a very successful also in the year of the rabbit. I’ll post the English translation soon so that you will know what I’m talking about.

And while I was thinking about how stereotyped is life on Chinese tv, I receive a request from an European production company which is developing a reportage series about China and asks me to do some research.
Among the several topics proposed by the client, I mention hereby few ones:

- Shaolin, the Chinese myth of kungfu
- Chinese people copy everything instead of developing new ideas
- Chinese people eat a lot of weird stuff
- China is the bicycle nation but it’s true that they’re buying a lot of cars

Ok, then I guess I should write instead that it’s not a cultural problem, but tv in general showcases life in a stereotyped way.
I know: it’s not a big news!

This funny short is from The Ministry of Tofu, a blog about contemporary China, and it’s a nice example of what I mean. Enjoy!

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Author: Alessandro De Toni