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Fr. China
Topic: Skin color of Chinese: white or yellow ?
Earlier today, I was shocked to learn that in some countries people of Chinese descent are referred to be white.

That's not the same as what I've learnt in the school. We've taught that there are four types of the human skin color in the world: white for the Caucasian, black for the Africans, yellow for the Asians and brown for some indigenous tribes.

Yes, look at myself in the mirror and the people around me, nobody looks like yellow. Only those with terminal lung cancer and some elderly farmers will look yellow.

Some Chinese girls are really fair-skinned. And myself is being between white and dark.

So I finally come to know that people from the yellow race, including myself, isn't yellow-skinned.

And the term for the yellow race may have come from:
1."Yellow was the color of Imperial China and is held as the symbolic color of the five legendary emperors of ancient China."

2. And the Yellow River is the mother river of China.
21 Dec 2012
Male
Fr. Philippines
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those with hepatitis B has yellow skin color
21 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. Cyprus
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http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_terminology_for_race#Western_classifications
21 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. United States
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Some Xinjiang people have white skin, blue eyes, and blond hair. It's a fact that none of my students will ever believe, despite the fact that it is true.
21 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. China
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The kids in your class may need some more years to know the diversity of their own country.

The Uyghurs, Kazaks, Khalkhas, Tajiks, Uzbeks and Chinese Russians in Xinjiang do have white skin as you've said.

Arabic, Persian, central Asian immigrants have entered China via the Silk Road or the maritime Silk Road since 1st BC. Tombs of the Muslim people (those who came to China via the maritime silk road) can still be seen in Quanzhou.

Two years ago, there were reports about how DNA tests proved that some villagers in China's northwestern province Gansu were descendants of a lost Roman legion.

Needless to say, the Han Chinese were repeatedly conquered by the nomadic tribes in the history.

So there is no pure Han Chinese people now. They are mix-blooded descendants of the Han Chinese, foreign immigrants and other ethnic groups who lived or are still living in China after the merge, inter-marriage.
21 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. United States
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@Northerner Yeah, the sad part is that this is THEIR OWN COUNTRY! Also, 3 of my assistants(who are adult English major-graduates) tried to tell me that I was wrong, when I clearly wasn't.

Interesting about how some in Gansu are descendants of a Roman legion. That's pretty cool, I wonder how they got this far with all the deserts?
21 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. United States
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Also, nobody is pure. We are all descendants of early humans in Africa(like Austropithicines).
21 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. China
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Sometimes I am shocked to learn how little some well-educated Chinese women know about the country' history.

I would like to assume that all of your assistants are females.

(Hope this post won't make me a hopeless sexist and chauvinist.)
21 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. United States
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@Northerner Almost all of my assistants(except 2) are female. The 2 males, one of them is an idiot, and the other one actually seems to understand most things.

However, I haven't asked him if he knew about some Xinjiang people being pale, blue eyed, and blonde.

You are right in general, though. MOST women out here seem to know very little history(or at least never discuss it). But that's kinda the case in the US, too. There seems to be less women interested in history all around compared to men.
21 Dec 2012


Female
Fr. China
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@ Northerner & Wooki
We women dont stuck in the past! We learnt the lesson and move forward!
21 Dec 2012


Female
Fr. China
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Northerner,not all general knowledge that you could learn from history books,so I'm not surprised wooki's assistants didn't believe some Xinjiang people get blue eyes,very a few though,like Chinese Russians.

When I told my friends I rode a horse to school and had my classes in tents in Xinjiang,some of them even believed it! :)
21 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. China
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@ytfairy311:
I will buy it if you told me that you rode a camel to school in the heart of a dessert in Xinjiang and had your classes in tents somewhere in Inner Mongolia.

Good to hear that someone on this forum is from Xinjiang.
21 Dec 2012


Female
Fr. China
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Xinjiang people is NOT CHINESE!!!!!!!!
22 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. United States
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@lieu

can you break down the people that are 'chinese' then?
22 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. United States
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@kumafa Lol seriously.

@Lieu How can you say such a blatantly ignorant and perhaps racist statement? Of course they are Chinese, just like Tibetans, Hui, Minnan, Cantonese, and Manchu. Matter of fact, your country is home to over 500 ethnic groups.

At one point, Xinjiang was not China, but then again, there was a time where the northeast was actually Korea and Russia, not to mention there was a time that China was Mongolian lands.

Now, if you meant they are not HAN, then yeah, they are not Han. But that DOES NOT mean they are not Chinese. There are plenty of people from Xinjiang that are proud to be Chinese.
22 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. China
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@lieu
Do you even know what you are talking about?
Even the most defiant Uighur separatists won't say so.

FYI, there are 20.1 million people (as of the end of 2005) living in Xinjiang Province of China, including 9.23 million Chinese Uyghurs (45.94%), 8 million Han Chinese (39.58%), 1.4 million Chinese Kazaks (7.03%), 0.9 million Chinese Huis (4.4%), 170,500 Chinese Khalkhas (0.85%), 171,700 Chinese Mongolians (0.85%), 44,000 Chinese Tajiks, 41,500 Chinese Xibes, 24,600 Chinese Manchurians, 15,100 Chinese Uzbeks , 11,200 Chinese Russians, 64,000 Chinese Daurs, 47,000 Chinese Tatars, and 113,700 Chinese from other ethnic groups.

May I raise a question? Which part(s) of the Xinjiang people do you think is (are) not Chinese?
22 Dec 2012


Male
Fr. China
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@Wookiee: China "is home to over 500 ethnic groups"?

The official document says there are 56 ethnic groups living in China. And there are 57 unidentified ethnic groups: the Chuanqing people with a population of 670,000 is the largest one. The Chuanqing people are unsatisfied with being registered as the Han people, but they haven't gotten the official support for setting up a new ethnic group.

Or the Texans, New Yorkers, other Americans, the Filipinos the Britain, the Aussies, the New Zealanders living in China have officially become ethnic groups?
22 Dec 2012


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