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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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