Thursday, 25 September 2008

Chinese are Like Cockroaches

One of my friends commented that the Chinese are like cockroaches - you can find us in almost every country in the world.

When I first heard that I was rather offended. Who would want to be associated with roaches, right?

But after much ruminating, I thought that that was a clever piece of thought; and I'll tell you why ...

This is what Wikipedia wrote about cockroaches:

"Cockroaches are among the hardiest insects on the planet, some species capable of remaining active for months without food, or being able to survive on limited resources like the glue from the back of postage stamps. Some can go without air for 45 minutes or slow down their heart rate. It is popularly suggested that cockroaches will 'inherit the earth' if humanity destroys itself in a nuclear war."

Now let me bring the Chinese into comparison with the roaches.

Ever since the beginning of time (I'm exaggerating here), many Chinese left the shores of China in search of a better life in foreign lands. They worked hard to build a new life for themselves and their families. Along the way they met many challenges and hurdles but they persevered.

In other words, put a Chinaman anywhere and he can survive.

If you go to most major cities in the world today, you can find a Chinatown there where the Chinese have made their homes and built businesses. And many of them are leading successful lives blending into the local community but yet maintaining their own identity and culture.

So you see ... the Chinese are like cockroaches - both are hardy and resilient!


J.T. said...

It so great that you have seen this in a positive light. Yes, they are a resilient lot. They are survivors no matter where they go.

On the lighter side of things, there is nothing like coming across a Chinatown especially now that I am living overseas because I will be sure to find food that reminds me of home.

Sree said...

Did you see WALL-E? There is a hardy cockroach in it.

Julie Lim said...

Jacqui - I'm proud to be a Chinese, although I'm a banana, hehehe.

Sree - Yes I noticed the hardy cockroach in Wall-E. Made a good companion to Wall-E.

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