Jack of all Trades, China has None!

Jack of all Trades, China has None!


Sasha: Welcome to another Video Winston: Well, Hey there guys and welcome to Oklahoma City I’m here staying with a Patron and Subscriber Who I will be introducing to you in a very short time and today I’m talking about well, Jack of all Trades Basically, being able to do stuff. And this is something that, really, just cropped up last night speaking to my host, Richard. because this guy’s pretty amazing, he does everything himself. He’s really good at building things out of metal, he messes around with electronics, I mean, I’ll get him to talk about the stuff he does in a short while. but it just got me thinking, and I don’t know anyone in China who does anything similar to that. and I myself, you know, I fix motorbikes and cars, and I do everything, I can fix… if anything goes wrong in the house; plumbing or electricity wise, I normally fix it in China because you don’t really find people are capable of doing these jobs well. And in China everybody is very specialized, so you don’t get someone who is very well rounded really. You get people who are really smart and very focused on a specific thing, so you’ll get really good Programmers, or you’ll get really good people who do specific things, like accounting or if they’re a laborer or construction working they will do that one job very well, but you will find that they’re actually not capable of doing anything outside of their field of focus which is kind of strange. A lot of my friends, myself included tend to like to do things themselves and fix their own little problems in and around the house and things like that. but in China, [if] anything breaks, you’ll call up probably the closest thing you have to a Jack of all Trades are these guys who run these hardware stores which are called Wujin Dian which means “Five Metal Shop” and what they’ll do, is they’ll come up and fix things here and there. but once again, they’re really only capable of doing little household things like fix a leaky faucet, or tap, or maybe do some electrical work for you, that kind of thing but they don’t do anything outside of that, and they never do anything out of passion. So, I’m going to call in my Patron and Subscriber, here we are Please introduce yourself to everbody, by the way, thank you very much for having me over. This is your Shop, right? Richard: This is my area in this big building, yeah. So, My name is Richard, I live here in Oklahoma City, and I’ve been following Winston for about a year and decided to invite him when I heard about his trip. Winston: Yeah, cool. So, now I was telling everybody that you tend to work with your hands a lot, you do a lot of things. I’ve personally seen some of the stuff you’ve done, but maybe you can tell people some of things you enjoy doing, and making. Richard: I do a little bit of rough woodworking, nothing fancy or finish, and I do all sorts of metalwork, from Welding, to, we have a CNC Plasma Table over here so we make signs, and decorations, and numbers for houses, and hardware for curtains and windows. it’s more decorative than functional a lot of the time, but it’s something that we need. Winston: Yeah, not only that, you’ve got a 3D Printer at home So, he’s a bit of a maker, he does all sorts of things. I’ve seen you tinkering around with your electronics. Which is cool, I mean, it’s very rounded, you wouldn’t expect usually someone who does, sort of, Plasma Cutting and Welding to then go and build electronic circuits and stuff, so it’s really cool to see that. Richard: Yeah, I had the chance to go to a High School in Oregon that had a very broad offering of courses and one of the courses was in Programming and I did that, I thought I was going to become a programmer, then I realized I didn’t want to sit at a desk, so I went to school for Engineering and then realized I don’t want to work in an office, so I ended up working for myself. Winston: Yeah, that’s pretty sweet. Another thing he’s really good at is brewing beer, and uh You know, I got to sample some of it last night Fantastic job, I couldn’t tell the difference between a proper really professional Brew House and what you make, so Richard: Yeah, I got the chance to give him a couple clones, see if he could tell them apart. Winston: Yeah, and I couldn’t tell the difference, I actually preferred his beer, to be honest. But you name it, this guy does it himself, that’s the thing, and it just got me thinking that I honestly haven’t met anyone like yourself in China before I’ve met people who are incredible capable at doing one specific thing but not such a broad spectrum of things, And I think, well at least compared to China, it’s fairly common to find people that have a broad range of skills over here. Richard: Yeah, we’re lucky enough to have multiple of them in the building and we all work together on some big projects, and it’s great. Winston: Yeah, Awesome, well that’s pretty much it guys! Thank You once again, for watching, and thanks to all the people that came to the Albuquerque Meet Up that was pretty cool, and we’re having another Meet Up tonight in Oklahoma City if any of you guys are available, come round. otherwise, you know the drill, as always: Richard: Stay Awesome

100 thoughts on “Jack of all Trades, China has None!

  1. Most people are very much more specialized here in the states than they used to be. It's a shame. —- I would say that country people are very much more jacks of all trades, than city people are, but even the country people these days know a lot less than their parents did.

  2. I don't understand what all these China-boy Nationalists are whining about, Winston is just making a PERSONAL observation based on his experiences. Regardless of whatever you strawman him to be, in this video Winston is merely interpreting his observations during HIS experience. HOW IS THIS BIAS!?!?!?!?!?! He's probably wrong, but who is to say he is biased? What is there to indicate his alleged Sinophobia? As a Chinese ex-pat, I can say that what he's saying (regardless of truth) is a mere PERSONAL observation. Yall need to stop.

  3. Since none of us has seen the quality of his programming, or tasted the quality of his beer, hard to tell if he really is a Jack of anything.  This video is kind of short, to really show what he is capable of.

  4. I'm a programmer who's also a Chinese historian who's also a kungfu master and I'm good at math and play ping-pong. Is that well-rounded enough for you Winston?

  5. What? I am experiencing quite the opposite. Living in China is like looking after yourself in every aspects, and you are going to need broad range of skills to survive, especially for men. At least most of my friends are very capable. Hiring a plumber or lock smith in China is like shouting out come and scam me.
    It's just that we don't really have the luxury to own a fully functional private workshop.

  6. BTW, homedepot will never have any chance in China. There are lots of specialized markets in China functions like homedepot, but dominated by small businesses. Not 'Wujin shop' mentioned in the video, but markets full of building materials and those sort of things.

  7. I think there are a few reasons. The main reasons I think is the money. In china, the labor is so cheap. When something breaks, you can find someone to do the job for a minimal cost, why bother buying all the tools and spend the time to do it yourself. On the contrast, the labor in the US is very expensive, and the materials are relatively cheap. You can buy all the tools needed for a house project and it will still be way cheaper than hiring someone else to do it. Also, in China, people generally live in small apartment. You simply don't have spaces to store a lot of tools equipment etc. , not to mention the space you need to do this kind of projects. I used to live in China and don't really do things myself. After moving to the states, I am forced to learn various things in order to do things myself, because it's expensive to do anything involving labor.

  8. the amount of money spent on hardware is not available to people in India or china. Hence work is divided so that everyone earns for a living. I myself do electrical engineering work wood working. Here the cost is way beyond the reach of most people. hence the reason.

  9. I know a guy who does it all. Internet acting up? I call him up. Something broken in the apartment? No problem, he fixes it. pluming goes awry? He's on top of it. guy's name is Mark and he's awesome.

    he even helps out with going to the psb for visa renewal.

  10. Is the lack of need for those additional skills. Why bother invest time to learn something that is rarely in use. It is cheaper to do it yourself in america, where in china it is cheaper to get some one else to do it for you

  11. one reason is the labor cost in China is much cheaper than western countries'. so hiring a labor to help you solve a problem is the best option for a mainlander.

  12. Winston, I would say this video' title is a generalization itself. The people you met are only a tiny tiny portion of whole Chinese population, this sample (your experience) is not large enough to accurately represent China. Still you make the conclusion anyway, if not ignorant, then I don't know why. To drive the traffic? Maybe.

  13. In what western country is it normal to find many "Jack of all Trades". Here in Norway, you can't just let random people repair on your electricity etc, and I think it is the same in other western countries. You need to have certified electricians etc etc. For example, if you let some non certified fix on your electricity at home and then it happens an accident and your home burns down, due to electricty failure, then guess what? Then your Insurance Company will not pay you the damage!

    Anyway, those days where you could find a lot of "Jack of all Trades" businesses are over in the modern world.

    "Jack of all Trades" was more normal in the old days. Or maybe it is still common and normal to use in poor countries such as South Africa?

  14. Interesting to see that 99% of ALL the ranters and haters on this channel are actually Chinese glassheart, emasculated failures, jealous to see their women falling over themselves to get to a "foreign" guy. In an age of severe pussy shortage.
    Very satisfying………

  15. After living in China, a country I do love, for 8 years and meeting
    thousands of people, I have come to the same conclusion as Winston. It
    isn't universal and he isn't saying it is – it's general.

    Not only have I come to this conclusion, I have had numerous Chinese people say basically the same thing to me. For example, a few people who have traveled abroad and lived in the USA for some time have mentioned that Americans have "work benches" in their garages and basements – with a collection of tools. This made a deep impression on them.

    This is extremely common in America – though it is becoming less common. In the USA white collar workers and people for all trades and professions will often want to work on their own homes and fix things by themselves. They renovate their own homes, paint their own walls. In China, this does happen, but it is extremely rare.

    This doesn't have to be taken in a negative way. It just reflects a cultural difference.

  16. I own a watch made in China by a Chinese maker and it represents the better that China can do, which is very, very good.

  17. Asian people don't want to wasting time doing something which are not worth of doing , for them time is money, they prefer doing something which more meaning to support for there future , which don't mean the are not creative ,Asian do thing a lot for he future , that's why you can see a lot of them are very successful.

  18. western people I know most of  them are always pretend to be intelligent and pretend to be good to just a look for just outside appearance only , very good at acting everything are cover up to look good outside but to the inside they always do the opposite which mean living do look so fake and very hard to be  trusted them of whatever they do but Asian do always keep there words and promised and  do what they had  said, but for western you can only trusted only on black and white paper with the signature only.

  19. In Australia almost everyone has a garage and every garage is a mini workshop. Generally everyone knows how to use at least one or two basic power tools like hand drill, grinder and shit. On the other hand you rarely find any tools in a Chinese household besides maybe a screwdriver because most people don't have the time and space to mess with things. I think your opinion is quite honest so keep it up!

  20. Maybe it's just a matter of necessity to become a "Jack of all trades". If labour wages are cheap, then why the hell worry about doing things yourself and end up with a big mess?! E.g. my wife never made homemade snacks in Indonesia, but overhere in Holland she's forced to do it. You can also buy them in our local Asian supermarket, if you're willing to pay high prices and to accept no choice in taste.
    Furthermore I noticed in Peking looking at the way Chinese ride on a bicycle, that they have a certain aura of autism around them, such people also tend to be very good in one subject. This shouldn't be considered to be a racist remark, because I myself am married to an Indonesian lady. It's just that some cultures have diferent aspects to it. Autism also fits into your image of Chinese being ultra-nationalists, unlike most of us in the West. E.g. Chinese people will preferrably buy (or sell) Chinese planetickets, while we Europeans don't bother as long as they are cheap. Although at equal prices I prefer an Asian airline, because of the service and, last but not least, because of the extremely nice and very elegant stewardesses. Unfortunately some of them are quite arrogant (e.g. Singapore).

  21. There was this chinamin at home at home depot, he purchased a galzanized round post and cut it with his teath. Madman skills, never but saw three homeless people that acted like they were the store managers, maybe 35 ish, but totally afterlife.

  22. multi skilled people end up that way over need and mote you do the better you become. multi skilled is in all of us we just make the effort. its not where you are from its human.

  23. Do you think this is because you are in the city? Almost any farmer with a decent sized property will have to be a jack of all trades. He will have to be able to weld, so electrical, fix gas and diesel engines, hydraulic equipment, understand irrigation, understand plant biology. Unless chinese farms are totally different than American farms (I'm talking large farms.)

  24. There is so much wrong with my girlfriend's two story 6th floor apartment. I've tried to fix a few issues but buying quality parts or materials is damned near impossible. And anytime people have come in to do repair or maintenance work they do a terrible job. In fact, everywhere I go EVERYTHING is done in as a lame and cheap a fashion as possible. I really do hate it LOL. Nothing is built well. And I do mean nothing.

  25. Another video which holds totally wrong ideas. I would say Chinese are more jack of all trades than westerners which is based on my opinion. If you compared a westerner, such as a New Yorker or a Parisien, to a general Chinese, I would say Chinese ppl in general can handle things better. But for example, in this video , your friends who is actually living in the countryside of America , of course they are way better jack of all trades. Maybe you're wrong? by comparing ppl who live in Shenzhen to your friend who lives in the countryside.

  26. The posi-traction differential of your Corvette needs to be overhauled.. You're only spinning one wheel on loose gravel. Both rear tires should have been spinning.

  27. I heard once in China that those people who are elite in gymnastic are unable to even tie their own shoelaces. They have to get people to tie their shoelaces for them!

  28. if you live in country side you might find different, they even build their own houses. In cities in China, kids don't learn that really. Back in old days, it was better.
    Here in Europe, people do things themselves since labor is too expensive (tax, social benefits, pension, etc), and many don't trust a pole, so you know.

  29. When I went to public school in the 70's in Toronto, outside of the normal languages, sciences, math, social sciences, health and phys-ed, we were taught shop work in metal, plastic, wood and stone We were also taught cooking, sewing, typing and cleaning. At grade 10 level and up, you could take courses on build and fixing cars/motorcycles, home construction, etc. All of my best friends from the school are more rounded and knew a lot more than our own teenage kids.

  30. When the people work six days a week and try to save some time for family, a haircut, and any of the little errands of life, there is no time for other things. I see few people with hobbies and no one who tinkers or repairs cars. The car culture is in its infancy, if there will ever be one, but if you don't have the time you don't develop the skills.
    On the idea that people seem like specialists, I see that extend to their jobs. In the US I developed skills doing and managing many types of work. When I try to fix problem t my company that is not exactly in my area I am told to focus on my own job. If I had an employee who didn't try to fix a problem they saw or at least didn't bring it to the right person's attention, I'd can him. Hopefully the attitude here will change. Maybe it is generational.

  31. Here in Canada our beer is taxed and very expensive but if you can brew your own, it is much cheaper. Brewing your own beer or wine is the way to go here or at least having a friend who is good at it is nice. It saves a lot of money. Alcoholic beverages like beer, wine and hard liquor are much cheaper in the USA compared to Canada.

  32. Learning a new skill is often a matter of opportunity and access, both are in short supply in China when taking into consideration the limited living quarters, low wages, time, and access to gear.

  33. Hi Winston ever thought about making a video about the Chinese tax system? As far as I know if it more practical and straight forward than many western countries.

  34. I'm jack of all trades and my master is operating human in operating table.

    Hey , aside disecting human organs and limbs I do plumbing, gardening, welding, building cars, piano tuning and wood working. YEAH I'M NOT CHINESE!

  35. Fascinating that the nation of China, lacking the robust versatility of old-time European polymaths (Archimedes, Da Vinci), or old-time American polymaths (Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Donald Trump) or today's polymath entrepreneurs from foreign climes (Richard Branson, Elon Musk), can still develop their country so rapidly and successfully, as they have. It seems that pooled talent, intelligently managed and directed, can muscle into the money stream through hard work and collective effort. And so, a lesson for the White polymath, virtuoso, genius. Be not too proud. There is more than one way to skin a cat.

  36. Just decided to pull up to a dirty mattress full of body fluids on the side of the road. I can't fight that urge either

  37. It is the same in Anglosaxon countries. You get paid more for being specialised in professional fields while the multiskilled are ognored and branded unfocused. Women and ppl from other cultures who dont get this politics suffer in employment because of this.

  38. Most of your videos are great and on point but have to disagree with this one. It's more like the other way round. Most people in the west doesn't know fuck all when it comes to fixing cars/mechanics, plumbers, electricians and gas engineers etc hence they get ripped off big time… Most middled men in China knows a thing of two about all of the trades i mentioned.

  39. I Lived in China for over 9 years in Shanghai. I met very clever and resourceful people during my years there, in fact the are people that can fix just about anything. Maybe the concept of jack of all trades requires resources and many people just lack that. However, the level of specialization is truly amazing.

  40. Richard seems like a good guy, and a good guy to know. I've never been to China, but kinda doubt there are no "handy" or omniverously curious and multi-talented folks to be found there. Rather, it might just be that if your toilet acts up, you just sort it out yourself. You don't seek out Mr. Fixit.

  41. That's the second time I've seen that, what is that gay looking stuff where people tilt their head and put a peace sign on each side? Is that like some new kind weird techno rap kid crap?

  42. By the way your wife is very attractive and I am sorry that we have all been fed the line that attractive women are those who wear makeup for the purpose of conveying that perception to others. I am relating to the comments directed toward her in a video I saw about women,dating. marriage and divorce involving the Chinese.

  43. I think this is because in China, human labor is cheaper and population density is higher, so you can find someone cheap and close to do those things for you. In US ,every time I need to fix anything, I have to wait for weeks to get an appointment and pay hundreds of dollars for something very simple. I guess any one grow up in such society would end up doing these things by themselves.

  44. Yeah, it's true. A lot of Chinese people aren't that hands on. In the American suburbs, people are hands on and know how to fix their homes.

  45. Americans went west and the nearest neighbor maybe several miles away. You HAD to take care of things yourself

  46. The ideal men in the West, particularly in the English Speaking World, are the renaissance man, cut from the mold of Di Vinci, and the yeoman farmer, who is the quintessential jack of all trades. The East adopted the Confucian model of life that stresses knowing one's own place in society and showing fidelity to that one identity. I'm pretty sure that after a generation or two in the west someone of East Asian descent is more likely to be that jack of all trades who knows how to do many things well. That being said, I know plenty of Westerners who know how to do only one or two things and hire other people to do simple tasks, although that strikes me as a boring way to live. In the West we are all assumed to have a dozen hobbies, will that change in the East with increased income and leisure time?

  47. "However, unlike in America, you cannot guarantee a good job." – Not sure what you mean by that. Do you still get excited reading "Made in Germany"? I am German and I don't. (Porsche manages to sell cars "Made in Germany" by shipping chassis, engine and wheels to a plant in Germany and assembling them there. That doesn't necessarily mean Porsches don't match quality standards, but it shows how Germany abuses its own reputation. It's all marketing and business. The more money is involved, the stronger the urge to cut corners.) – I get how that pressure is on all 'entrepreneurs' in China though. Tendencies can be identified. But what is ever guaranteed in life except death? – As for jacks of all trades, it's of course easier when people have free time. But it might also be driven by a pressure where only being able to do one thing isn't enough. In part due to competitive pressures. One person might complain that they cannot broaden their skillset. Another person might complain that they cannot prevail with one specialization.

  48. I know it's a generalization however part of the reason would be lack of space, access to transport and equipment and having a father that has handed down these skills

  49. We love your videos but I beg you save us the pleasure of the intro .. its painful (I am sorry to say ) it doesn't add value to the material ..Just a suggestion , no offence intended

  50. I'd like to think this play on words actually implies that the Chinese are "Masters" at what they do… especially since the title appears to be an intelligent play on words to a well known English/American colloquialism. It's not a comment meant to be taken at face value. "Jack of all Trades- China has None" is the opposite of the actual colloquialism "Jack of all Trades- Master of None"….

  51. When 15-45 million educated people were murdered in the 1958-62 "cultural" revolution, China squandered its intellectual capital. Smart, go-getting entrepreneurs were probably among the first to die, turned in by the dumb, jealous, and lazy who survived and propagated.

  52. Hey Serpenza!,I am also South African and also lived in China.I’m going back to Hangzhou in about 8 months time.Would be nice to grab a cold one and meet up if possible???

  53. So, I would hypothesize that the reason is the fundamental types of languages – phonetic vs ideograms – which could be tested in any related area — Korea, for example, Indonesia, that have a vastly simpler "alphabet" – just learning about the depth of effect of these language types other than phonetic, and here is a possible marker. So…

  54. 2 years late to the party. 🙁 Better late than never, I guess. If you ever come back to Oklahoma City, there's a small group of us here who would love to see you, Winston. 🙂 Sad we missed you the first time. Stay awesome~!

  55. America to world, we will be needing those 10,000 manufacturing plants back soon. The money to buy those products being sent to America in the 1990's and on were bought with saved money. Money that was not replaced after being spent because the Job market is terrible if you only have a High School education. Our corrupt Government has been able to lie for forty years but now no matter what they say, thing get worse. Trump was elected because he blocked the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Treaty but he lied about everything else. In 2020, we should have our first chance to vote for a real president that cares about the Middle Class. Our bridges. damns, water systems and other infrastructure are approaching collapse. The rich have push the taxes onto what is left of the Middle Class.

  56. " However, unlike in America, you cannot guarantee a good job." hmmm yes in America, wages for low paid workers are almost as low as in China. Work is certainly not guaranteed for anyone.

  57. My experience is of chinese having PhD in putting a screw in, or PhD in unscrewing a screw and never the twain does meet. Just useless and lazy.

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