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Chinese Frankness

October 7th, 2009

frankWhen it comes to discussing sensitive subjects, folks in China are characteristically polite. Interestingly enough, they can also come across as uniquely forthright.

On the subject of death, Mainland Chinese can be frank to the extreme. It’s fascinating, especially when you consider that this cultural trait was more than likely reinforced by the Cultural Revolution, a dark period of 20th century history during which tens of millions quite literally starved and the threat of death was everywhere.

The sign here is from a boulevard located in South China, and even those who don’t read Chinese can gather its meaning.


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