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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Why Are There Chinese Immigrants?

From a comment on Ann Althouse's blog:

Gosh it's enough to make you wonder why people of color would want to emigrate to such a lousy, racist place and why Asians would want to emigrate here and subject their children to the influence of such a bunch of white morons.
Chine is worth emigrating from because the Chinese decided to stop paying attention to other civilizations between the fifteenth and the nineteenth centuries. (They have only partly caught up since.) Judging from some of the responses to Amy Chua's article on Chinese parenting, many Americans have made a similar decision. Let's hope we come to our senses in less than four centuries.

Postscript: I just remembered that Amy Chua is also notable for writing a book on why closing off a society is a bad idea.

Addendum on the Debate Wanted

According to social scientists studying WEIRD people:

If you're reading this, there's a pretty good chance that you're one of the weirdest people on Earth. Don't be insulted, though -- most of your friends and acquaintances probably are too. Recent psychological research suggests that people from Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic societies -- WEIRD, for short -- not only live differently from the vast majority of the world's population, but think differently too.


Does this really matter? Aren't we all the same, after all? Not really, it turns out. WEIRDos tend to be more individualistic and more competitive than people from non-industrialized Asian and African societies. In tests measuring how groups of people work together, Westerners -- and Americans in particular -- are far more likely to look out for themselves.

Needless to say this disagrees with Shannon Love's claim.


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