Sorry to bring this thread up, since I just had a debate elsewhere on this topic, I might as well respond here.
According to the NHS british survey quoted in wiki (http://www.ic.nhs.uk...ndTabs.xls/file), the equivalent value for boys aged 16-24 in the UK, is 177. So you could say that on this class of age (cohort in demographic parlance), Chinese boys are about 5-7 cm shorter than UK boys.
This comparison overlooks an important factor, and I would say that much of this whole thread overlooks this factor.
That Han Chinese is not a race, but an ethnicity. What we term as "Chinese" is a political or ethnic category, not a racial one. China is a huge country and the population is just as diverse as that of Europe. I find just as much racial distinction between a person from Shang Hai and a person from Canton as a person from ShangHai compared to one from Japan.
Comparing Britain, one of the colder places in Europe,(and in fact the second tallest nation in Europe, ranking after the dutch) with the average in all of China just isn't a valid comparison.
If we compare Britain to just people from HeBei, a province that has about 68 million people(compared to about 60 million in Britain) we see that the height is actually quite comparible, both have males around 175.5 cm and females around 1.62 cm.
Even the tallest Europeans, the Dutch male, are around 179.5cm with the female around 1.65. Which is only around 2 cm taller than the people of Harbin. And this is still not taking into account that diets in China, even the urban area(which includes the suburbs), are not as nutritional.
Muscular built is totally out of the comparison, since that has more to do with exercise facilities, which China still lagged behind. The American born Chinese are stockier, but they are generally of southern descent. http://www.guardian....,781616,00.html
No where in history do you find Chinese texts portray caucasians as taller or stockier, on the contrast, we have many passages which stereotype the people of the western region as shorter than the "upright man" of the central plain.
Yea, you can look at stats and articles all you want but I always thought the best way is to find from your own experience.
I beg to differ. Statistics are an objective and scientific analysis of actual facts, they are much more reliable than the subjective, often limited and distorted views of personal observation.
Edited by warhead, 27 April 2007 - 12:20 AM.