The stereotype “Chinese people are good at math” is widespread and has persisted for years. A while ago, Chris Rock made a joke at the Oscars about the stereotype of Asians being particularly good at math.
It’s an age-old stereotype that Chinese people (or Asians in general) are bad at driving. It’s been the butt of comedian jokes, and even cartoon sitcom Family Guy did an episode feature on it – and it’s certainly not the first time Asians were made into a joke for their ethnicity.
Dragons are probably the single most important mythical creatures in Chinese culture. They appear in multiple national celebrations, Chinese idioms (known as Chengyu), as well as being part of the Chinese zodiac. They adorn multiple buildings and doors as carvings, are weaved into fabrics for traditional Chinese clothes, and are painted in murals and used in dances to this day. Unlike their Western or European counterparts, Chinese dragons are loved and worshiped. Chinese people consider themselves to be descended from the dragon.
Right now in hundreds of cities in China, over 9 million students will sit in for the most important exam of their life, known as the GaoKao.
A “剩女 (shèng nǚ)” means “leftover woman.” It is a derogatory term pertaining to women in China who are over the age of 27 and unmarried. This term has become so widely used that in 2007, the Ministry of Education added it to China’s national lexicon.
Singles’ Day is the anti-Valentine’s day in China. It takes place on November 11th each year. It is called 光棍节 (guāng gùn jié) which literally means “bare stick day." The name comes from the date 11/11, which looks like a lot of lonely “ones.” It was reportedly invented by students in the early 1990s.