China On The Brink - Chinese identity http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/taxonomy/term/146/0 en Identity in 3-D http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/identity-3-d <p>“Nishi zhong guo ren ma?” (“Are you a Chinese person?”)</p> <p>Several dozen people asked me this question during my five weeks in China after evaluating my black hair, yellow skin and almond eyes, which contrasted with my mainly Caucasian classmates.</p> <p>I found it surprisingly hard to answer. On the one hand, it seems such a straightforward question; on the other hand, there’s no easy response. </p> <p>Literally translated, the question means, “Are you Chinese?” On a more significant level, however, the words can infer political connotations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/identity-3-d">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/identity-3-d#comments America Beijing China-Taiwan relations Chinese identity culture Growing Pains identity national identity nationalism On The World Stage Shanghai social identity Taiwan The New Citizen Tue, 24 Jun 2008 04:00:53 -0600 Katherine Fan 372 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com