Americans know little about China. What a surprise!

Americans know little about China. They think Singapore is a Chinese city and Samsung is a Chinese brand. A survey released Monday, called “A Study of American Perceptions on China,” was conducted by US-based Perspective Resources Inc. (PRI).

Two million U.S. citizens, all 18 years and older with different social and education backgrounds, were asked ten questions about China.

The survey said Jackie Chan is the most famous Chinese person followed by Bruce Lee, late chairman Mao Zedong, Confucius, Jet Li, Yao Ming, “Buddha”, Lucy Liu, Genghis Khan and Chow Yun Fat.

Chinese brand names are least familiar with Americans who named Samsung, Toyota, Nissan and Nike, which are not Chinese at all.

The survey was commissioned by the Blue Ocean Network (BON) International Communications Committee, a non-governmental media organization which aims to promote western understanding about China.

BON, a new, independent English-language television and media network about China, goes live on the air in the U.S. in spring 2009.

This is the first I’ve heard of BON. My family all enjoyed CCTV9 when it was available on DirecTV – yes, especially Biz China – and we all hollered when DirecTV stopped carrying the channel.

Hopefully, BON will fill some of that gap – if we can get DirecTV and other so-called independent sources to carry it. Poisonally, I’m still waiting for BBC World News and AlJazeera TV. I ain’t holding my breath.

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