Edison was a great inventor. And because of this, many Americans follow his foot-step, and study science and engineering, and devote themselves to invention.
Americans also published many books for this purpose, e.g. "200 illustrated Science Experiments for Children", "333 More Science Tricks and Experiments". Hence children can develop a healthy awareness of science at an early age.
Therefore it is not surprising to see America the greatest nation in Science and Technology. Inside "Intel", "Texas Instrument", "Helwatt Packard", "Motorola", .... are numerous capable engineers and scientists.
The scientific and engineering awareness among Chinese is weak. By tradition, China is not a country devoted to science/engineering (rather to the teachings of Confucius). Whereas Britain, Europe, ever since the Industrial Revolution, are strong in science and engineering.
Calculus came from England and Europe. Railway came from England and Europe. Discovery of the chemical elements (elements in the Periodic Table) came from England and Europe, ....
There is nothing that can be done to change the elderly Chinese, but to our generation, as well as the coming generation, we should do something to remedy this. At a first step, perhaps, we can teach our young people experiments in, e.g. "200 illustrated Science Experiments for Children".
Also, attitude should be changed too. For example, among Japanese, Malays, Chinese, ... precepts like "Let what you say be simply Yes or No; anything more than this comes from evil [Mt 5:37]", "speak out of our heart", are not cherished. People would lie, or simply would not speak out, should they think that would hurt relations/"face".
.. a flattering mouth works ruin. [Prov 26:28]
Better is open rebuke than hidden love. [Prov 27:5]
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. [Prov 27:6]
Because of this, TRUTH, is not dear to their soul.
As TRUTH is not dear to their soul, they could never be topmost scientists, they could never un-cover the truths of this world.
As long as the Puritanical spirit remain in the heart of the Westerners, topmost scientists will continue to come from them.
Therefore, if Hong Kong Chinese, as well as Mainland Chinese, are to catch up with the world, they should