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Post time 2017-2-13 11:04:52 |Display all floors
The cultural differences between China and America are not superficial.   In some ways, I believe they represent two poles of human culture, that may seem to conflict, yet I think they are complementary, like Yin and Yang.

To understand the mentality of America. one must know that the nation of the USA was born in an act of rebellion.  This means that in a certain way, rebelliousness is part of our heritage. Rebelliousness as a quality is respected in America. But there is constant conflict over the question, "Against whom or what should we rebel?" Different political factions have different ideas about what should be rebelled against, and there is often bitter conflict over this question.  Yet, the quality of rebelliousness itself is somewhat honored in America.

On the other hand, I have the impression that rebelliousness is a bad quality from the point of view of Chinese people.  There is a Confucian view that authority must be respected and only bad people rebel against authority.  If this is not really the Chinese point of view, I would love to be corrected. I love the internet and the fact that it allows us to communicate this way.  When I was young, during the Cold War, when China was regarded as an enemy, direct communication was impossible and unthinkable.

Back to the subject of the United States of America.  As I said, it was born in an act of rebellion.  The American Revolution inspired the French Revolution, which in turn inspired Marx with the possibility that the masses could rise up and overthrow their oppressors. In a certain way, we could say, truly, that America and its rebelliousness inspired Marx.  

The population of the USA is made up mostly of people (or descendants of people) who took the initiative to leave their homeland for an unknown place.  Thus, on top of the rebelliousness that created the country, we have immigrants who came on the quest for the new and better lives.   The European part of the American population is descended from people who left their familiar world and went across the ocean to a strange and unknown world, where they hoped to make a better life.  Thus, European-Americans (as well as most other descendants of immigrants) are descended from people who were not afraid of the unknown and were willing to cut their ties with the past.  This has become a defining trait of American culture.

As a result, we see in American culture a readiness to reject what is old; to scorn the idea that there are limits; to question authority; and to explore the unknown.   Thus, in America, innovation and creativity are prized and encouraged.  

China, of course, reveres what is old, reveres propriety, and values harmony above all.   China values the wisdom of the past because China HAS such a treasure of wisdom from the past.  

I believe that, as actors on the world stage in front of humanity, China and America represent a yin-yang symbol.  in important ways they are opposites, yet they are complementary.  Each one brings an opposite treasure to humanity and each one has much to teach the other.

These are my thoughts, although I am very ignorant about China and have never been there.

I would be very interested in hearing the honest thoughts of Chinese people about what I said or the subject of Chinese/American cultural differences.


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Post time 2017-2-13 14:23:58 |Display all floors
Of course you know that you have vastly oversimplified things, correct?

Let me quote you:
"As a result, we see in American culture a readiness to reject what is old;..."

Juxtaposed to this:
"China of course reveres what is old, reveres propriety, and values harmony above all."

When I visit Europe, which I do every year, I am constantly aware of how the Europeans value their history, the old, the respectable. You will see entire neighbourhoodfs preserved in their original state to showcase history. Churches and palaces can be 1500, even 2000 years old; museums are popular and open to the public. People collect vintage cars, vintage books and even vintage wines...

Contrast this with China: it is difficult to locate a truly historic building preserved in a good state. Museums are amateurish and far and few in between.

If you listen to Chinese, old is bad. Traditions come and go and sometimes are recycled by the authorities that be, but they have been ditched a number of times. When China was founded, the first emperor destroyed every document he could lay his destructive hands on in order to wipe out the past. Every new dynasty employed "historians" to rewrite history to please the new rulers. Mao again destroyed the national treasures of traditions and literature in his manic pursuit of killing the memories of people.

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Post time 2017-2-13 14:30:31 |Display all floors
"China values the wisdom of the past.. because it HAS wisdom..."

Does it?


How do YOU know that?

I think "wisdom" is being monopolised by the rulers. The common people have to accept it and if they reject it they become societal rejects.

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Post time 2017-2-13 17:51:03 |Display all floors
This post was edited by shehemego at 2017-2-13 17:53

I have to tell you that, you know what, China is a historical country. It has being ruled by so many emperors and it has met many times, many good times and many bad times. In the very old time, we worshipped Confucious doctrines as the ruling doctrines which so many emperors in China in the old eras adopted as a tool to reign their empires. In Mao's era, no matter it is Confucious or other historic arts, everything  that has something to do with the old time would be the target to be destroyed. So Chinese had a time when we hated old. Of course, now we still love Confucious, take him as our wistful ancestor and we take many of his wisdom as useful today while we criticize taking in his wisdom for the reason that some of his wisdom is no longer feasible today. And we do revere proprioty or seniority but we are at the same time welcoming new, you can know from the creation of WeChat and a lot of network new words netizens create every year in China.

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Post time 2017-2-13 19:06:35 |Display all floors
Manure

This is a load of manure. The banksters financed each of the revolutions you mention and others you don't. Columbus was financed by Chosen Persons Luis de Santangel and Raphael Sanchez. Karl Marx and Lionel Rothschild were cousins. We (the goy sheeple) have been ruled by the Chosen for a long time.
9/11 was an inside job.
No second plane.It was a bomb.Bomb in the other building.
You KNOW without a doubt the videos are fake,right ?!
Planes don't meld into steel and concrete buildings.They crash into them !!!!!!!
It's amazing how the building ate the plane !!!
Imagine those fragile wings cutting slots in massive steel columns !!!!!
How STUPID can they think the people are to believe that crap ??!!

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Post time 2017-2-13 19:09:11 |Display all floors
If you argue that USA was built from rebellion, then certainly you must admit that China did too, and much more recently. Communist rebellion built PRC, nothing else.

Chinese government has only cherry picked Confucious doctrines to the Chinese vocabulary, because it suits their cause of staying in power and preventing counter-revolutionary ideas.

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Post time 2017-2-13 20:52:41 |Display all floors
Diversification

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