Paper Tigers

“The loudest duck gets shot” is a Chinese proverb. “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down” is a Japanese one. Its Western correlative: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

from here.
Those three proverbs are a pretty good summary of our cultures.
Probably what leads many asian students to think those white people should stop asking such imbecile questions in class and what leads many white people to think we don’t speak up enough. My math classes almost never have any questions (because each class is more than 50% asian) but if someone does venture to ask a question it’s either some blonde (guy) asking something truly banal or the prc who is puzzled by some non-trivial assumption the professor makes.

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