The lifelong adolescence of Mainlanders

Jiang Xueqin, a “curriculum director at Shenzhen Middle School, China’s leading centre for progressive education reform”, blames the education system for Mainlanders’ lack of psychological and emotional development and their noted inability to get along:
“Everyone says that Chinese are terrible managers, and an ordinary Chinese office will have more political drama than Romance of the Three Kingdoms and the Clinton household combined. Western managers know that Chinese have issues co-operating… co-operation is much harder to instill in Chinese because of a fundamental failing in China’s high schools.
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“The result of all this unreasonable and unnecessary repression is that Chinese students are remarkably polite and well-behaved… They will matriculate at a top university, but they will lack sympathy and empathy, which will hinder them from developing and managing personal and professional relationships; they won’t understand trust and tolerance, only power and fear. They may rise to a top management position, but lacking in self-understanding and self-reflection they’ll curse and criticize their subordinates, making the workplace a cold stagnant repressive regime.

“Having skipped the tumultuous teenage years, Chinese are forever doomed to live as teenagers all their lives. Whereas Americans may be stubborn, moody, quick to anger, insecure, impetuous, condescending, extreme, and paranoid in their teenage years, Chinese may suffer from these psychological issues all their lives.” See The Trouble With Teens.

2 thoughts on “The lifelong adolescence of Mainlanders”

  1. I read a guy once who described Japan as “a nation of children” in reference to their cross-gender relationships and sexuality. Of course he’s not the first person to describe the Japanese that way, but it’s interesting that both societies can make that similar impression on outsiders.

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