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
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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?
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.
- For 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>
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
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.
Francis < Chinese>
Speaking loudly in our culture means the person has more energy so just need to choose a right place
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?
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
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