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'Rice theory' explains north-south China cultural differences, study shows
PhysOrg.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | PhysOrg Dot Com

Posted on 05/09/2014 8:49:55 AM PDT by fishtank

'Rice theory' explains north-south China cultural differences, study shows

A new cultural psychology study has found that psychological differences between the people of northern and southern China mirror the differences between community-oriented East Asia and the more individualistic ...

(Excerpt) Read more at phys.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: agriculture; china; dietandcuisine; godsgravesglyphs; rice; wheat
So, I am going to give a translation of this article:

Southern China GOOD.

Northern China BAD.

1 posted on 05/09/2014 8:49:55 AM PDT by fishtank
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To: fishtank
differences between community-oriented East Asia and the more individualistic Western world – and the differences seem to have come about because southern China has grown rice for thousands of years, whereas the north has grown wheat

So it's not the white devils. It's the wheat devils.

2 posted on 05/09/2014 9:03:58 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: fishtank
"So, I am going to give a translation of this article:
Southern China GOOD.

Northern China BAD."


In terms of who is conservative, according to this article it is the wheat growing north who would tend to be individualistic/i.e. conservative rather than the socialistic/i.e. liberal rice growing south. So I think you have it mixed backwards.
3 posted on 05/09/2014 9:05:27 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: fishtank

US government bans wheat in 3...2...1...


4 posted on 05/09/2014 9:06:03 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: fishtank

unless of course you were being sarcastic, in which case I didn’t pick it up.


5 posted on 05/09/2014 9:06:12 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: fishtank

Interesting stuff. I know that historically Chinese civilization began in the North, and the Southerners were actually considered barbarians until about 2,500 years ago. That there can be distinctive differences in culture even now might be part of why that is.


6 posted on 05/09/2014 9:11:58 AM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: fishtank

That’s the way it is, of course.

It’s interesting you say that, cause I’ve always got this impression from my Chinese friends.


7 posted on 05/09/2014 9:16:49 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: fishtank

Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers talks about the rice culture and why the Chinese (and Asians in general) are so much better at math. That is just one of the chapters. The entire book is fascinating. See: http://gladwell.com/outliers/rice-paddies-and-math-tests/ http://chineseculture.about.com/b/2008/12/16/why-are-chinese-better-at-math.htm


8 posted on 05/09/2014 9:17:04 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Corporate Democrat

I’ve thought it is the northerners who were the usurpers. The Manchu Qing who took over from the good Han Ming, real Chinese.

Made everyone shave their forehead and wear pigtails.


9 posted on 05/09/2014 9:20:06 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: fishtank

There’s an easy check on this theory. Southern rice and northern wheat also apply to India.

(a very good basic guide to Indian cuisine.)

http://www.weavethousandflavors.com/2010/03/10-things-you-ought-to-know-about-indian-food-before-you-seek-it-cook-it-or-eat-it.html

“The grain of North India is wheat not rice. Therefore unleavened breads rule - naan, tandoori roti, rotis or chapaatis are traditionally eaten with foods of this region.”

“The grain of South India is rice not wheat. This region is rich with paddy fields so rice remains a staple through & through.”


10 posted on 05/09/2014 9:27:39 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: ifinnegan

Depends on how far North you want to go. The Manchus came from what’s now northern Manchuria, and were barbarians until a few centuries ago. Beijing roughly marks the northern frontier of the ancient Chinese civilization.


11 posted on 05/09/2014 9:30:11 AM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: ifinnegan

Not only usurpers, but traitors to the Chinese nation. Pu Yi (”The last Emperor” was the one who invited the Japanese into Manchuria leading to the invasion of China.

Read The Rape of Nanking a long time ago, but just saw this film on Netflix.

City of Life and Death

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1124052/


12 posted on 05/09/2014 9:30:54 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Nevadan

thank you... i am going to purchase this book right now...


13 posted on 05/09/2014 9:32:19 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: fishtank

Interestingly the wheat/rice discussion also indicates that the north is taller and more robust due to this difference in diet.


14 posted on 05/09/2014 9:34:56 AM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: ifinnegan
An interesting map I found of the world according to the Zhou Dynasty (500 BC~).

Huaxia roughly means 'civilization'.

Nanman was 'Southern Barbarians' (Southern Chinese)

Beidi was 'Northern Barbarians' (Mongolians, Manchus, Turks) etc.

15 posted on 05/09/2014 9:39:33 AM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: fishtank
People in the north are thought to be more aggressive and independent, while people to the south are considered more cooperative and interdependent.

Does this mean its OK again to make sweeping generalizations about large groups of people, or ws the PC editor was asleep at the switch on this one?

16 posted on 05/09/2014 9:54:45 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping?


17 posted on 05/09/2014 10:14:07 AM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: fishtank
"Southern China GOOD.

Northern China BAD."

I am under the impression from Chinese that it's basically just Shanghai BAD. From personal experience, however, I'd say central (Chengdu) good, southern and central coastal bad, northern coastal ok.

18 posted on 05/09/2014 11:12:41 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: fishtank

I think what they are saying is that communists are good, and capitalists are evil.


19 posted on 05/09/2014 11:20:00 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

I was talking from the persepctive of the liberal authors and researchers.

forgot the /sarc


20 posted on 05/09/2014 1:49:05 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank

perspective


21 posted on 05/09/2014 1:50:54 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: reed13k

North China - noodles
South China - rice

North Vietnam - noodles
South Vietnam - rice

Northern U.S. - egg noodles, pasta
Southern U.S. - rice

What’s the mystery? Except why a noodle diet makes for taller Chinese.


22 posted on 05/09/2014 5:49:41 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: fishtank

I’d say it’s an exact parallel to the way residents of Boston and Atlanta view each other. Which one is “good” depends on your perspective. :)


23 posted on 05/09/2014 5:59:39 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: To Hell With Poverty
Surprisingly, maybe. I'll give it a try, although this looks a little familiar. Just adding, not pinging. Thanks THWP!

24 posted on 05/10/2014 6:13:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: elcid1970

No no no, it’s Southern U.S. - grits, cornbread


25 posted on 05/10/2014 8:10:08 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: latina4dubya

Let me know what you think after you read it.


26 posted on 05/10/2014 8:35:58 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: To Hell With Poverty

In the Carolina Lowcountry, rice must be served at least once daily. Same with grits, but johnnycake is more an individual choice.


27 posted on 05/12/2014 12:04:08 PM PDT by elcid1970
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