In our continual coverage of the World Cup, we bring you a translation of a post entitled “Why Chinese People Are Not Good at Football” from the blog of a professor (李银河) at the 中国社会科学院社会学所 (Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences):
“Alot of people are pained by the fact that Chinese football did not makes it way to the World Cup. Many people make it a point of patriotism and blame the systems or institutions involved. I feel that Chinese people being bad at football is related to the character of our culture.
Chinese people, especially the Han, are a elegant and scholary people, who were never a proponent of reckless bravey and battle, preferring softer and more elegant methods. Football is not like this, it is an attack-intensive sport, with a violent character. American football is even more violent. These sports are not suited to the character of our culture.
There is lots of evidence for this:
Look at the historically famous men, from 梁山伯 to 贾宝玉. They are all bookish people.
Until a few years ago, the Chinese language did not have the word 性感 (sexy). Chinese people historically did not value ferocious images of men.
Farmers prefer to not to move too much in their free time and enjoy activities such as mahjong, unlike nomadic people who enjoy physically intense activites such as dancing.
So, if we continue not to get into the World Cup, we should not be worried that it is a reflection on our culture or our country. If we don’t play football, we can play other sports. After all, sports were originally meant to be played.”