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Old 01-14-2014, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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What are the reasons for countries to be richer per capita than those in warmer regions?
It's complex, but I think the fact that temperate zones offered themselves more to extensive settled agriculture was a big reason.

 
Old 01-22-2014, 01:37 AM
 
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I've known too many lazy Chinese in my life, myself included, to say that we're inherently more hardworking than any other non-East Asian races. In fact many of my friends are procrastinators. But I can't say for sure that we're not more hardworking in general. The lack of achievement among Malays in my country for example is often attributed to laziness, whereas the success of the Chinese is often associated with them being very hardworking. But maybe it's just a difference in average IQ?
 
Old 01-22-2014, 02:36 AM
 
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Many young people in China, specially for the ones in the first level cities such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing who just graduate from university just one or two years or more usually work overtime; sometime they also sacrifice the weekends for work.
 
Old 01-22-2014, 02:38 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I've known too many lazy Chinese in my life, myself included, to say that we're inherently more hardworking than any other non-East Asian races. In fact many of my friends are procrastinators. But I can't say for sure that we're not more hardworking in general. The lack of achievement among Malays in my country for example is often attributed to laziness, whereas the success of the Chinese is often associated with them being very hardworking. But maybe it's just a difference in average IQ?
But you're Malaysian, aren't you? Totally different ethos to China. Singaporeans are probably more hardworking in general.
 
Old 01-22-2014, 03:00 AM
 
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Some childish chinese young girls do simple low-paid job voluntarily or do not work at all and expect boyfriends or husbands to give them money. Some choose to become prostitutes just because money comes fast. So we cannot generalise, there are lazy people out there.
 
Old 01-22-2014, 03:02 AM
 
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But you're Malaysian, aren't you? Totally different ethos to China. Singaporeans are probably more hardworking in general.
Yeah basically I'm saying that we're not inherently more hardworking, like it's programmed in our genes or something. But with that said the "hardworking Chinese" stereotype is also rather prevalent in Malaysia.
 
Old 01-22-2014, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Yeah basically I'm saying that we're not inherently more hardworking, like it's programmed in our genes or something. But with that said the "hardworking Chinese" stereotype is also rather prevalent in Malaysia.
No, of course not. Nor do I think traditional Chinese culture values hard work any more than most cultures, probably about the same.
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