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Probably just because there are a lot of Chinese people. Every time a story singles out particular 'identity', people feel the need to defend that identity.

I remember when this article[1] was linked on HN a whole bunch of people felt the need to point out that chimps are not smarter than Britons. Of course a similar effect occurs when people who identify with other things think they are under attack.

[1]: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24836917




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