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  1. Angelos
    Angelos on said:

    民族不重要。要是德國人長大在希臘,整天在聽者希臘老師的話, 他就是希臘人。要是希臘人從小時候聽者中國父母, 他就是中國人。

    民族不重要。要是德国人长大在希腊,整天在听者希腊老师的话, 他就是希腊人。要是希腊人从小时候听者中国父母, 他就是中国人。

    • Wendy
      Wendy on said:

      民族不重要。要是德国人在希腊长大,整天在听希腊老师的话, 他就是希腊人。要是希腊人从小时候听中国父母的话, 他就是中国人。
      In my opinion, ethnic is not about how people look like, it’s about how they think and what they do.

      • Angelos
        Angelos on said:

        Exactly. That is what I meant. And the ancients said “Greeks are we, who partain to the Greek learning”. In other words, your nationality is not in your blood, but in your upbringing, which determines your behaviour and thoughts.

        While traditionally Chinese didn’t say this (and as far as I know still regard American born Chinese who can not speak one word of Mandarin as Chinese), in one very important way they implemented it. Namely, by way of the Imperial Exams it was possible for non Chinese to rise to high office. In my naive opinion this is an extremely important mechanism of detering separatist tendencies and creating a sense of unity over centuries. Ever since I first read Chinese History, I suspected this to be a crucial building block of Chinese “historical continuity”!

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