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Originally posted by mianqin at 2007-3-30 14:31
This fact or reality, unfortunately, has been ignored and avoided in Chinese Universities, shunned by Chinese scholars. You, or we, were taught only about the glory sides of European culture, like the Enlightenment, the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, etc., etc. In short, China's Confucian culture is unable or unwilling or incapable of dealing with what is the control, the dominance, the aggressiveness --------------the dark but very essential part of European culture. ...
Hmm, Chinese local education teach enough about western imperialism and how it created calamities. But yes, they don't teach enough about racism.
Racism as a theory is much needed when one nation needs to mobilize its people to conquer, colonize another land. After all, to send people far away to a very strange land, to face a very alien culture and to confront a very foreign people, you need make them believe that the foreign people are worthless or inferior than you are! This is a very effective tool to pep up a fighting spirit to drive other people out of the land, or be a dominant class if you can not drive them out(like Hong Kong). This is a basic reason that the racism, both as a theory and a practice, started and flourished in 18th and 19th century Europe----to conquer North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania
I agree, that maybe it's also the root of "Clash of Civilizations". The difference between skin color, faiths and tradition etc etc.
THE reason you see more and more racism-against-Chinese news reported in the Chinese newspaper now is because more and more Chinese going out and doing business/or studying in European, North American or Oceania countries. I need point it out to you, that Hong Kong and Taiwan news media did not report it as much, even though their students and businessman had contact 20 years earlier with the West.
We need the spirit of "Al-Jazeera" into Chinese media, cool enough to fight western media hegemony.
I also need to point it out: you shall read or hear more of this. And the Chinese people is unprepared for this type of stuff.---------actually even the Chinese government is not prepared for it. One reason is because they are at government level. At this level, they encountered with or are surrounded with the Westerners who have less or concealed racial bigotry. But at the bottom line the racial bigotry is THE culprit for non-smooth China foreign relations with European or Anglo-Saxon countries. The reason they are “UNFRIENDLY” to China, or making up never-ending “China threat” is that they are not comfortable with the Chinese. They want to exclude you out!
Uhmm, we are aware of this. Trusting them and the bullsh*t they brought is not in central government agenda. We simply different.
There's a theory about this, that decisions and incidents in world arena mostly based on self-identity and not only consideration of interest. Aussies and UK join the Iraqi war simply because they are of 'same kind', not only interest of exploiting oil. China won't have the seat in western led hegemony, we still need to find our own way.