• Tuesday , 25 April 2017

Chinese Stereotypes

Stereotypes Of Chinese People

Stereotypes Of Chinese People

What are some stereotypes for Chinese people? What are some common Chinese stereotypes? Which ones are offensive? Which ones are just a little annoying? Are any of them true? Are biracial Chinese treated differently?

  • Small pennis
  • Eat everything that moves
  • Everything “made in China” is falsificate
  • All Chineses are alike
  • Chineses can’t speak english
  • Chopsticker thieves
  • Ninja/Samurai/ Kung Fu/ Tai Chi e Wu Shu
  • Traditional Culture
  • All chinese names are monossilabic : Chen, Dan, Wu, Tin, Chun, Chin, Yon, Yo, Cao, Jin,
  • Most people like Chinese food.
  • Chun-li, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and now Yao Ming seem to be very famous.
Yao Ming, "Bitch please" meme

Yao Ming, “Bitch please” meme


China has the largest population of any nation in the world. Chinese people are often stereotyped as being of a single ethnicity, when in fact the population of China is made up of many ethnic groups.

In Western media, they often get lumped in with other East Asians.

Western tropes specific to Chinese people alone include:

Chinese Laborer – Thousands of young Chinese men migrated to western North America and Australia in the hope striking it rich off the gold rushes of the mid-19th century. They quickly became resented for “stealing” jobs from white workers, particularly the more successful individuals. The fact that the vast majority of Chinese immigrants were men also made the prospect of “interbreeding of people of different racial types” a fear among white Americans and Australians.

Chinese Launderer – In The Wild West, and the inner-city slums of England, many launderers were Chinese in origin, and were just as frowned upon as the laborers.

China Takes Over the World – Yep. Because with Japan not what it once was, global conquest predictions have to go somewhere.

List of Chinese Stereotypes according with "Chinese" Google

List of Chinese Stereotypes according with “Chinese” Google

An especially common variant of this trope is “All Asians Are Chinese” – which, again, is understandable, both because Chinese (specifically, Cantonese) have been the most prolific immigrant group in the United States and because so many East Asian cultures (Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, etc.) were either culturally influenced by China or have languages that sound similar to Chinese.

Guess who: Who is the angry chinese? Who is the hungry chinese? Who is the tired chinese? Who is the happy chinese? Who is the sleep head chinese? Who is the funny chinese? Who is the player chinese?

Guess who:
Who is the angry chinese?
Who is the hungry chinese?
Who is the tired chinese?
Who is the happy chinese?
Who is the sleep head chinese?
Who is the funny chinese?
Who is the player chinese?


Top 10 incorrect Chinese stereotypes

Having encountered different people from across the world from countries like India, America and Australia, I’ve noticed that foreigners always hold certain interesting stereotypes of the Chinese. Here, I sift the fact from the fiction:

Fiction – Every Chinese knows Kung fu or other Chinese martial arts. Fact – That’s not true. Kung fu is a fighting style which has developed over the centuries in China. The genesis of the form of martial art is attributed to the need for self-defense, hunting techniques and military training in ancient China. However, in modern China, few people are fluent in Kung fu. In general, people do not learn Kung fu. Some monks do learn Kung fu to keep this part of Chinese traditional culture alive, but that’s about it.

  Fiction – Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world. Fact – In fact, the grammar system of Chinese is quite simple when compared to other languages. There are 50.000 characters in Chinese, however, learning 1500 to 3000 characters is sufficient for one to read newspapers and books.

Fiction – All Chinese are good at Math. Fact – There is no denying that a large group of Chinese students are excellent at math but not all Chinese are math geniuses.

    Fiction – Cantonese is the official language of China. Fact – Actually, the official language of China is Mandarin. However, most foreigners often mistake Cantonese as the official language of the country. The reason could be due to the majority of Chinese immigrants in the early 1990s who come from Canton. Another reason could also be the impact of Hong Kong movies.

Fiction – The Chinese culture is continues to be the same today as it was thousands of years ago. It is traditional and conservative. Fact – False, modern China is very much like other developing or developed countries. Major cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are much the same as other metropolises around the world.

    Fiction – Chinese women are subordinate to men. Fact – This stereotype originated from movies about ancient China. In modern China, women embrace their freedom and are taking more and more important roles in society.Chinese women are more independent today than ever before.

Chinese Stereotypes

Chinese Stereotypes

    Fiction – Chinese think that money can buy anything. Fact – Not all Chinese agree with the view that money can buy anything. In fact, Chinese people believe in the power of diligence.
Fiction – Rice is the only source of food in China. Fact – Although rice is the main food in China, we attach great importance to the variety of food.

    Fiction – Chinese people do not care about politics. Fact – That’s not true. In China, we do not have general elections like most of the western countries, but we do care about politics. The power elite in China enthusiastically engage themselves in politics and public affairs.

Chinese Stereotypes

Chinese Stereotypes

    Fiction – Many foreigners tend to think that the Chinese are brainwashed or mind-controlled by their government. Fact – The origin of this misleading concept comes from the “Cultural Revolution”.  Although, we are not granted complete freedom of speech, especially in the media industry, Chinese are now more spiritually independent.

See how Chinese thieves use chopsticks! (deshaked)

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  1. Jasmine
    July 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Oh lord, this is hilarious.
    The one who wrote this wasn’t Chinese.

    • Lala Smith
      December 8, 2015 at 2:31 am Reply

      True, the person obviously was not Asian or any other “exotic” race. You can tell by the ignorance of his/hers about how racist this is. If he/she was indeed Asian, he/her would know the Chinese troubles of us, but he/she makes it sound as if Asians were mostly falling under all the stereotypes. He/She did not do much research on this and did not answer the questions asked in the beginning of the article. I don’t know if this is for fun, but this is definitely rude and racist to every Chinese person out there.

      • Charles
        July 2, 2016 at 2:23 am Reply

        Actually there are much more Asians than there are Americans so aren’t they technically the “exotic” ones?

  2. sharkisha
    September 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm Reply


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  4. Graeme Lane
    October 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm Reply

    What a load of arubbish

  5. Benjmain Lee
    March 16, 2015 at 12:43 am Reply

    What is this madness? This is soooooo wrong in so many ways

  6. Jesus
    April 3, 2015 at 11:02 am Reply

    …no mention of fake Chinese ‘goods’? Including their dangerously fake baby powder, or fake eggs?

  7. dodo bird man
    April 21, 2015 at 8:43 pm Reply

    this is so rasist

    even thoe im black

    • succ.my.ass
      March 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm Reply


  8. KJ
    July 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm Reply

    Ha! these stereotypes

  9. TC
    November 22, 2015 at 9:04 am Reply

    Maybe some of them are true…

  10. bc
    April 9, 2017 at 11:31 pm Reply

    This is terrible. ;-; so racist. Where is this person from anyway. The stuff they sell in china r so much better than the stuff they sell over seas. Because other people like this author do not appericiate us.

    I came to look for “taking pictures of food”

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