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Originally posted by mjackson321 at 9-5-2007 02:56
so that's what this forum for .
to let foreigners know a true China , not just from their 21 inches "color" TVset since China has 9,600,000 square kilometers and 1.3 billion people.
As I have said before, the kind of trolling carried on by people like chang, mengzhi et al is not a good reflection of China. If you disagree with a certain kind of mindset, you get attacked for being a "China-basher", "anti-China", etc. There is no willingness to accept other people might have an acceptable POV.
That doesn't reflect well on China if this forum is supposed to represent it. If anything it makes it look immature.
As to the question "Is China unfairly looked on by Western eyes?", first of all I see problems in using the word "Western". It lumps people together, ignoring the fact views of China are variable across many countries. But more importantly, it sounds rather whinney. Lots of countries get bad press around the world. Insisting that people criticise China because they're prejudiced is in of itself intolerant and reflects badly on China.
Next, what's this about complaining about checks at airports? Well geez, maybe the Belgians/other Europeans want to ensure people are visiting their country for legitimate reasons. Unless Zhang can provide specific evidence that Chinese travellers are the only ones checked, it's rather ridiculous to complain about it. If she's complaining that any Chinese should be checked, well that's even worse because despite China's growth there are still many people that try to sneak into richer countries illegally.
The Tech shootings. The reason people though the killer was Chinese was because they saw the guy but didn't realise he was Korean. It isn't easy to tell people apart if you don't know them.
Chinese who go overseas can improve the image of China, but then again it's unfair to expect them to clean up problems created in China. It isn't just about perceptions, it's about things that happen in China too. If China refuses to change and reform itself to address those problems, which are viewed negatively around the world whether it likes it or not, no amount of TV interviews, speeches and smiley faces from Chinese overseas students and businessmen will change that. Though it does say something about China (if Zhang's view is widely held) that it blames everyone else for misunderstanding it, rather than looking at what it does.
China will do what it feels is necessary inside its own borders - if it doesn't care what anyone else thinks then that's its choice. But Zhang gives the impression it does care. So China shouldn't act surprised that anyone might have real objections to some of the things it does (both inside and outside China) and shouldn't pretend it's just about wrong perceptions. Indeed I rather hope that it knows it isn't just about perception, because if it did it would suggest China is rather naive and foolish.
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