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The American people, I may be permitted to say here, find it difficult to understand the real Chinaman and Chinese Civilization, because the American people, as a rule, are broad, simple, but not deep. The English cannot understand the real Chinaman and Chinese Civilization, because the English, as a rule, are deep, simple, but not broad. The Germans, again, cannot understand the real Chinaman and Chinese Civilization because the Germans, as a rule, are deep, broad, but not simple. The French — well, the French are the people, it seems to me, who can understand and has understood the real Chinaman and Chinese civilization best. The French, it is true, have not the depth of nature of the Germans, nor the broadness of mind of the Americans, nor the simplicity of mind of the English, — but the French, the French people have to a preeminent degree a quality of mind such as all the people I have mentioned above, as a rule, have not — a quality which, above all things, is necessary in order to understand the real Chinaman and Chinese civilization, a quality of mind viz: delicacy.

Hung Ming Ku, The Spirit of the Chinese People

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Written by [IMH]

8 February 2007 at 12:01 am

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