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1, Aug 23, 2008

Bravado and “the kiss-up, kick-down”

Filed under: Reading — admin @ 11:39 pm

This is for my son. Today is Saturday. I was at Barnes and Noble bookstore with my daughter. A new book was displayed on the shelf. China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power  by Rob Gifford, NPR correspondent, 2007. A good book.  His description of a Chinese driver is not flattering but true. He is “a mix of modesty and bravado that characterizes many Chinese,” a “one man philosophy department with an opinion on everything.”  This reminds me of some Chinese people who are indeed full of bravado, roaring and brawling, and never failed man-answer syndrome.

My daughter laughed loudly when I read and acted out the people of “the kiss-up, kick-down type who are so common in the Chinese government hierarchy.”

Nothing will entertain me more than seeing bravado and “the kiss-up, kick-down” in my children, like visiting old friends.

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