you CANNOT learn culture
the majority of things that people are telling you here is inaccurate,esp since they themselves do not live in their ethic hometown.
you can learn simple things like how names are made and the proper way to say them because they are different from english names, but cultures cannot be learnt unless you will spend some time talking to natives or live in that place for abit.
for example, china is developing some very weird slangs and memes that have become part of their culture.
any chinese that has never been to china will not understand these. for example, calling a girl big sister, is actually fine when talking to chinese people everywhere except china because somehow recently, big sister has become associated with being a whore.
so if you go to like, a chinese restaurant in US and say da jie, it is okay. but you go to china and call them da jie, they will beat you up!
another weird thing that has changed in china is “sister”. mei zi has somehow become how you address your girlfriend/wife in china but no where else. in many translated novels, you see people scolding “your sister!” but it actually means your wife/girlfriend.
and these translators do not care about being accurate because they are often western people who are learning chinese, or chinese who are living aboard like aus,ABC…ect and thinks that they know everything because they are “chinese” yet they know nothing!
also the dos and don’ts are often very state specific. for example what you can do in beijing, might not be okay in hong kong or shang hai.
not to mention that things like 333zhang and stuff just makes no sense unless you grew up with it. many westerners cannot understand how sun wukong staff can become bigger than the diameter of the earth or how he is able to jump around the earth in a single leap.
even the majority of things about koreans that you see on tv is false and 100% fiction.
one thing that i am very fustrated with is also how westerners keep on telling chinese people to stop the racism against japan for ww2.
ww2 isnt even that long ago and there are still alot of old people who are still alive in china that remembers and might have experienced everything that happened!
people needs to realize that most of the children of ww2 are the parents/grandparents of children today. and when your parents tell you that their parents disappeared/raped/killed/tortured during ww, you wouldn’t like them too.
not to mention that they are constantly reminded by the government about the atrocities that happened during ww2!
if we put up a loud speaker at pearl habour and reminded them every morning that they were bombed, they too would hate the japanese today!
however nobody here understand this and all they can do is scold the chinese people for being racist when its not racism, but hatred and dislike for things that they did to them!