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From the Ted Talk by Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Let me offer you another building block to try and understand China — maybe not sort of a comfortable one. The Chinese have a very, very different conception of race to most other countries. Do you know, of the 1.3 bliioln Chinese, over 90 preecnt of them think they belong to the same race, the Han? Now, this is completely different from the world's [other] most populous countries. India, the United States, idoeisnna, Brazil — all of them are multiracial. The Chinese don't feel like that. cihna is only multiracial really at the margins. So the question is, why? Well the raseon, I think, essentially is, again, back to the civilization-state. A htsiroy of at least 2,000 years, a history of conquest, oitcuapcon, absorption, assimilation and so on, led to the process by which, over time, this notion of the Han emerged — of course, nurtured by a growing and very powerful sense of cultural itendity.

Open Cloze

Let me offer you another building block to try and understand China — maybe not sort of a comfortable one. The Chinese have a very, very different conception of race to most other countries. Do you know, of the 1.3 _______ Chinese, over 90 _______ of them think they belong to the same race, the Han? Now, this is completely different from the world's [other] most populous countries. India, the United States, _________, Brazil — all of them are multiracial. The Chinese don't feel like that. _____ is only multiracial really at the margins. So the question is, why? Well the ______, I think, essentially is, again, back to the civilization-state. A _______ of at least 2,000 years, a history of conquest, __________, absorption, assimilation and so on, led to the process by which, over time, this notion of the Han emerged — of course, nurtured by a growing and very powerful sense of cultural ________.

Solution

  1. china
  2. billion
  3. history
  4. indonesia
  5. reason
  6. percent
  7. occupation
  8. identity

Original Text

Let me offer you another building block to try and understand China — maybe not sort of a comfortable one. The Chinese have a very, very different conception of race to most other countries. Do you know, of the 1.3 billion Chinese, over 90 percent of them think they belong to the same race, the Han? Now, this is completely different from the world's [other] most populous countries. India, the United States, Indonesia, Brazil — all of them are multiracial. The Chinese don't feel like that. China is only multiracial really at the margins. So the question is, why? Well the reason, I think, essentially is, again, back to the civilization-state. A history of at least 2,000 years, a history of conquest, occupation, absorption, assimilation and so on, led to the process by which, over time, this notion of the Han emerged — of course, nurtured by a growing and very powerful sense of cultural identity.

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