This is a very, very interesting post from this Brazilian reporter in China about Chinese TV shows where people compete to see who speaks the best English.
I work with lots of Chinese people. They do seem to push things to the max and try very hard. However, their biggest advantage when compared to Americans nowadays is their complete and total lack of liberal guilt. They are so completely happy with leaving communism behind that they see capitalism for what it really is: the best of all possible systems. They work hard, push the rules as much as they can, and have no qualms on trying to surpass the Americans. Some of the Chinese I met were very much ‘republican-like’ in many aspects, especially when the subject is business.
The fact that they are even becoming pragmatic on culture (which has been their biggest weakness up until this point) tells me that they are a truly great challenger to America’s dominance.
On the other hand, as always, I had a negative experience in my last trip to Brazil related to that. Believe it or not, I was mocked by some old friends when I was pronouncing some English words the correct way. “Coisa de viado”, was the explanation. Not a big surprise when you consider that our great Communist Representative Aldo Rebelo is doing his best to impose the complete outlaw of English words in the Brazilian language.
Order and Progress, indeed.