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English political correctness in China

Posted by kimiik September 20, 2010 in the Group General Discussion.

Using of the english adjective "civilized" seems to be really sensitive when speaking with some chinese people.
Incidentally, I had the same experience as Julien in the following TV broadcast (Crossover) with "civilized" meaning refined and polished (优雅的意思差不多).
In consequence, I now try to avoid this adjective altogether.


Civilized
adj.
1. Having a highly developed society and culture.
2. Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, ethical, and reasonable
3. Marked by refinement in taste and manners; cultured; polished.

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