Why Do Chinese People Talk Loudly~ Without Shame?

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Talking Loudly

Why Do Chinese People Talk Loudly~ Without Shame?

Why Do Chinese People Talk Loudly~ Without Shame?

Why Do Chinese People Talk Loudly~ Without Shame?

There’s a Buzz going around worldwide that Chinese are too LOUD in conversations and excessively Expressive in Social private and business environments?? …Naw!!…. Really?

I wish to examine this Observation and put to the test if possible. From my experiences as a traveler to worker and business guy in China.

In my experiences in 8 years i would have to say it is true in many cases, and not just small towns and cities but the larger cities,  lets discuss and examine in this article.

 

1. Where, EVERYWHERE!

2. When~ AT ANY TIME NIGHT OR DAY!

3. Why~ NO CONSIDERATION OR THOUGHT FOR OTHERS?

Chinese defend this so called unfair Summarizing and stereotyping of Chinese Behavior

< review the Chat below>

 

UK Chinese Travelers and Students

In the UK. I found it is more noticeable, especially from students and travelers on holiday in London and cities of England, Portsmouth, Hastings, Southampton, Liverpool, Manchester, Canterbury, Scotland and Ireland

 

It is not just the Loudness that overwhelms you, It’s a combination of things, another being appreciation and sense of space, and inappropriate timing.

 

Are Chinese Without Shame?

There is also a term I have heard that states; ”Chinese are without shame” what exactly does that mean? Have you had this experienced? sometimes without obvious reasons, outbursts at a high volume in conversations, we westerners are Familiar in our social settings or private situations, I would be interested to know even more about this abroad in more countries is it is a cultural standard?

 

English corner and students

 

Culture and Traditional Values

  • In the villages there are large fields in between houses. In the mountains are terrace fields all around. When people pass by they will just yell across the fields or hills at each other that’s why it became a habit even in the city
  • Most people in the big cities come from the villages and counties. In Shanghai and Beijing, there are many local residents who have been in the city for generations so they’re considered genuine city folks.
  • selling food at a stall and attracting passer ByFor Shenzhen, most residents are immigrants from other places from within Guangdong province and other provinces. The Shenzhen natives, known as Bendiren, are the true natives.

 

Many of the so-called Bendiren are actually Hakka immigrants mainly from Meizhou city.

Differences in behavior between Chinese city and village folk, yes there are very significant differences and a social status system.

Why the pure city folks consider themselves the aristocracy and part of upper class Chinese society. It has to do with there long and proud heritage. Many have ancestors that were nobles, government officials, military officers or rather rich and famous people.

 

  • Technically Chinese civilization has about 3800 years of history. It’s the only civilization that has continued without dying throughout millennia.

 

Ethnic and none~ Ethnic Groups

Uighur share a certain similarity to Kazakhs and Uzbek. < minority ethnics>

Uighurs are similar to Kazakhs and Uzbeks.

Chatroom Comments

Paddie liang < Opinion>

In my opinion, talk loudly is mainly cultivated by Chinese culture, people like to talk loud to exchange each other information, especially when share wonderful things, feel much excited during talk, I think every body, like me hate people who talk loud in place where need to be quiet, such like in library, hospital, classroom, cinema

Coffee peace and Quietness??

 

Leon < Chinese>

I read and observe a lot, and have traveled to some very interesting places

yes, even in normal situations where is no external noise interference, Chinese people talk loudly to each other when they’re like 1 meter apart, It’s just a habit that was brought over from the villages.

City born folks tend to vary there tone and volume.

In the Chinese hospitals I’ve visited people still talk rather loudly

It would be Good idea to discuss the qualities of Chinese culture in English corners in the future It will provide much insight into the background and long history, its sure to be an eye-opener for our western friends.

They’re ethnic Uighur women, not ethnic Chinese. Uighur is similar to Kazakhs and Uzbek.

Just like how Han Chinese is similar to Mongolians and the ancient Manchus.

 

Mongolia and Yunnan field workers

 

Francis < Chinese>

Speaking loudly in our culture means the person has more energy so just need to choose a right place

 

Weinasan <Chinese

I care about foreign comments from other countries. I feel a little disheartened. Firstly, I must apologies to those that think Chinese are rude or illiterate. I am a university student who’s dream is to travel Europe, I am learning English and want to appreciate and learn cultures of other counties. Further communication i want with people from different countries.

 

Chris < UK>

I heard on the boarder of Russia and China’s Mongolia are cities of mixed raced would this be a segment of that group of the mixed race Chinese, ethnic minorities i wonder?

 

Auditorium the Perfect LOUD PLACE!?

i have found in my experiences here in china where you expect loudness like an auditorium, when given the opportunity to express themselves Chinese are becoming more adept to it, however, their shyness is awkward and strange, as this is where you should be actively and openly express yourself positively and LOUDLY?

 

discussion Shenzhen book city

Conclusion: 

For Foreigners, loudness can activate a collection of mixed reactions and emotions, some would be headaches, distraction if reading or studying, wearing on concentration, uncomfortable and disturbing as we don’t understand or appreciate the circumstances, awkwardness with concern on moving position or pretending it is not happening around us.

Loudness in Oratory presentation, we all know is important to be commanding, to direct focus to ourselves and what we are driving to express to audience, groups, speeches and presentations, like TED.

Chinese history therefore has a similar approach, in that to attract and be heard you had to represent yourself in a commanding stance, i have been advised working on farms it was a necessary means to be heard across distances, after all megaphones were not readily available in those earlier times. lol

 

The natural and daily exercising of this High frequency spoken vocalization has gradually seeped int the cities as families travel to live or visit with offspring working in the big Cities. They cannot integrate or adapt easily, this will take years even decades as a small city or farmer, the Concept is not even registered for them as a requirement or need.

 

Traveling Chinese of course are still caught in this evaluation and conceptual view. Many Chinese though are more educated and becoming refined, the younger ones and future generation seem to be stepping away from traditional values and don’t want to even learn about traditional and historic values of past times, the future is the only way forward so why waste it on the past right? understandably a wider and wider gap is appearing between what ”was and what is”

 

A move to more assertive, decisive, positive, business orientation and empowerment of individuals, money and self positioning in the society is primary. The movement is self-evident and real, the gently subdued Chinese past stereotypes are no more in this modern age of technology internet and worldly travel. Social media and interactions, mixed marriages and living abroad will undoubtedly bring about huge changes and attitudes from this Oriental demographics

 

a quiet mean?

 

What comments do you have on this post

  1. What did this post do for you?
  2. Did it answer Questions and your concerns?
  3. Would you consider learning Mandarin?
  4. Is China a destination?

Your ideas or questions let me have below.

 

Christopher

 

 

2 Comments

  • Daniel Kim says:

    Dear Handsome Mr.Chris

    Hi

    It is very interesting topic which you picked up.
    I am going to share some answer for that.

    I am a Korean.
    Our country has similar culture with china as you know.
    But I also had wondering why most of Chinese speak loudly so much than Korean and other Asia people.

    As I mentioned before, I stayed in Malaysia for 7 years.
    I worked and lived with many Malaysian Chinese in Kualar Lumpur.

    I asked one of my Malaysian Chinese friend for this topic.

    The answer is more simple and funny than my expectation.

    This is not only “loud talk culture” matters.
    We can see many of Chinese similar loud culture as well

    Most of Chinese like playing “mah-jongg”
    It plays very loud and noisy when they mix the “mah-jongg” by hand on the table.
    If you are neighborhood, you better give up sleeping and join the game..
    It sounds like “hitting the big stone” in every time.

    And Chinese like playing “fire cracker” during festival.
    It seems like war war 2 in every Chinese new year and wedding day
    That one also very loud and noisy as well

    And Chinese like wearing red cloths in all the time..especially for Chinese new year

    The answer is that every behavior and culture is because of “GHOST”
    All kind of behavior is the one of tactical to kick out ghost from the place where they live.

    Because Chinese believe that ghost afraid of loud sound and red color which is symbol of human blood.

    That is why those habits are inherited from old generation to now.

    Believe it or not, it is true………….

    • Daniel
      this is a great response and informative ”blog” it tell me more about the cultures and the reasoning from a historically and cultural view point.
      certainly i am awed how this has so much depth in today’s society too and the younger digital generation.

      your country and its similarities are intriguing and inspiring for me
      in fact The Asia syndrome is one i have come to embrace and taken as a 2nd family country

      thanks for the inspiration and kind words in your content

      i wish you a good life and future with your family

      Christopher

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