Skip to comments.'Rice theory' explains north-south China cultural differences, study shows
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 ...
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Southern China GOOD.
Northern China BAD.
So it's not the white devils. It's the wheat devils.
US government bans wheat in 3...2...1...
unless of course you were being sarcastic, in which case I didn’t pick it up.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.)
“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.”
Depends on how far North you want to go. The Manchus came from whats now northern Manchuria, and were barbarians until a few centuries ago. Beijing roughly marks the northern frontier of the ancient Chinese civilization.
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
thank you... i am going to purchase this book right now...
Interestingly the wheat/rice discussion also indicates that the north is taller and more robust due to this difference in diet.
Huaxia roughly means 'civilization'.
Nanman was 'Southern Barbarians' (Southern Chinese)
Beidi was 'Northern Barbarians' (Mongolians, Manchus, Turks) etc.
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?
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.
I think what they are saying is that communists are good, and capitalists are evil.
I was talking from the persepctive of the liberal authors and researchers.
forgot the /sarc
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.
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. :)
No no no, it’s Southern U.S. - grits, cornbread
Let me know what you think after you read it.
In the Carolina Lowcountry, rice must be served at least once daily. Same with grits, but johnnycake is more an individual choice.