During a recent trip to Japan, I noticed a phenomenon: there are many Japanese people reading books or manga on the tram from Osaka to Kyoto or nara, and most of them are elderly. This is similar to what I saw on my last trip to Japan, which shows that the Japanese love reading.
But it also made me ask myself, “what about us Chinese?”
Asked, looked at the hand is holding the phone, lost in thought.
In 2013, an article titled “worrying, unread Chinese” written by an Indian went viral on the Internet, citing the following data comparison:
“Chinese people read an average of 0.7 books a year, which is a tiny amount compared with seven books per person in South Korea, 40 in Japan and 55 in Russia.”
At the same time, he also cited the Japanese management master kenichi ohmae’s book “the low IQ society” to make a description more profound expression: when traveling in China found that urban street is a massage shop, and only a few bookstores, China’s per capita per day less than 15 minutes of reading, reading quantity per capita is only a small percentage of Japan, China is a typical “low IQ”, no hope to become a developed country in the future!
To be honest, when I saw the article written by the Indian again on the Internet, the “shocking” of its data made me doubt its origin, but the quoted Japanese description made me feel cold behind my back.
& have spent I haven’t read the Japanese management guru’s book, and it’s unclear whether it contains this passage. But a number of subsequent online articles about “Chinese don’t read” have been cited by the authors, including the data set cited by the indians.
If the data is true, I feel incredible, but the Japanese description that seems to be a “prediction” is frightening, and many writers sigh with concern that the “land of rites” of thousands of years of “poetry book family” in China has been destroyed in “our” generation.
Do Japanese like reading very much? The Indian data makes me question that some of the things I see in trams are mostly elderly. Young people are either plugged in headphones or talking to each other, eating or staring out the window.
But that doesn’t mean much, because the travel story is too one-sided to draw any conclusions. Even when I see a lot of magazines, comics and books in a corner of a convenience store, or people reading books in a subway line, it’s a one-way street. Before any research, what I see is only personal.
But why are there so many “Japanese love reading” posts and articles on the Internet? It even claims to have the highest reading per capita in Asia. Another search for posts about “Chinese people reading books” worries me.
It seems that everyone in the world likes reading except China. Even our own people believe this.
In the article “worrying, Chinese who don’t read”, the author’s “what he saw and heard” is that Chinese people don’t read books in airports, railway stations, planes and trains. Chinese people spend their spare time playing mahjong, surfing the Internet and watching TV. He was “worried” that “Chinese people don’t read”.
It surprises me that whether people in a country read depends on whether they read in airports, train stations, airplanes, etc. You have to look at a paper book to prove you’re reading. I can’t help but recall the admiration many feel for western culture, such as the prevalence of young people reading books and newspapers in the subway, and the prevalence of mobile phones in China.
Yes, with the development of science and technology and the demand of The Times, mobile phone has become a tool that people can not or do not have. It is no exaggeration to say that going out alone and forgetting to take your cell phone or leaving your cell phone battery dead will make people feel flustered, uneasy or even insecure. If it’s lost or stolen, it’s in big trouble with all the possibilities.
Therefore, the probability of carrying a mobile phone is much higher than that of carrying a book. But that doesn’t mean the Chinese don’t like reading. Just because we don’t read at the airport train station doesn’t mean we don’t read. Just because we’re holding our phones in our hands doesn’t mean we’re all surfing the web or surfing the Internet.
When I was on a tram in Japan and saw some elderly Japanese reading a book, would I be ashamed to look down at my phone? Will not! For this trip, I brought two books with me, which I not only read but also took notes. Just because I play with my phone doesn’t mean I don’t read. When I travel, I travel with my soul.
So, I don’t believe Chinese people don’t like reading.
Due to the large population of China, a phenomenon often caused by the general impression can not be explained, just like Europe has a small population, Japan has a small population, so they read on the subway, is the general love of reading evidence?
If the Chinese have been kidnapped by mobile phones and “invaded” by the Internet, what about foreigners? All over the world, Chinese people have cell phones and Internet? However, the cell-phone-dependent phubber is a new and large group of people all over the world. But when you see a group of Chinese people looking down at their phones or plugged in headphones, you can be sure they are all playing, listening to music or watching little video? Instead of looking up information, reading or listening to books?
In fact, reading is a very free thing, holding a paper book and holding the value of e-books is the same, but the choice and preferences are different, because the content is more important than the carrier.
The China academy of press and publication releases the national reading survey every year, and the rate of comprehensive reading, digital reading and book reading is increasing every year.
This shows that the Chinese people’s thousands of years of “poetry book family” has not been forgotten, and we have more ways to read. It’s just that in the adult world, between life and work, we don’t have time to pull a book out of our backpack on a crowded subway, but that doesn’t mean we don’t read.
In addition, one more word: for reading, want to read, do not read if you do not want to read, do not let it become the shackles of your soul, let alone because of the carrier and confused. Because the original intention of reading is happy, with happiness will be from the things you want to absorb.