recently, given the events going on in Asia with North Korea and China and whatnot, I have read many comments on ATS that have talked about what these
countries might do and how people may react should a war break out. These threads and comments piqued my interest and I wished that I could learn
more. Where better to go than to the source?
As I've posted before (although I'm newish here so you probably do not know), I am a sophomore in college and I am going to college to earn a degree
in computer science to eventually get into the field of cyber security. I stay in student apartments off campus, and my roomates are random people
that I was placed with. One of them is an exchange student ( I guess, shrug, I don't really know why or how he's here ) from China, from some place
north of Beijing.
When I first met him, I asked him the usual questions that many people ask foreigners ("Do you have that over there? What about this?"). Sometimes he
wouldn't know the right words to use, and often times it was so hard to understand him that he typed what he was saying into his phone and an app
translated it from chinese to english. I also have to translate some words from english to chinese for him. Recently however, due to my interest in
the threads about Asia, I began asking him questions about the current events going on over there.
I asked him what he thought of North Korea, what he thought China would do if there was a war, and how he felt about America, along with several other
questions. His answers ranged from "They are a bunch of crazy lunatics" to "We are afraid of the U.S." On my question about what he thought China
would do, he talked about how China's only really concerned about itself. He said that North Korea serves solely as a border country so America isn't
too close (and he then brought up the fear aspect again). The general message I got from him was that China would not get involved.
Granted I know he isn't anyone important from China, he is just a random citizen. However, I find it englightening hearing words from how real people
over there. Hearing how they think of us and themselves, it really is a neat thing to talk about with him.
So now I open up the floor to you all. If you are espeically curious about something and want to find out what a Chinese man thinks, ask away! I'll
ask him your questions and hopefully we can kill some of the ignorence that the language barrier, governments, and the pacific ocean creates.
Thanks for your questions everyone, I'll be leaving for work soon and when I get back (9:00PM EST) I will ask him your questions and get back to
edit on 10-4-2013 by Cyn50 because: (no reason given)