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Ha! This post and some of it's replies are magic! This is why i keep coming back to the China Daily forum, i try and stay away as much as i can because it's not good for my health staying up so late but i just find the reading too entertaining to turn away from sometimes!|
I feel like a person stuck on the fence so often when I read posts like these, in that I can always see both sides of the argument. In my humble opinion i see extremism on both sides of the fence.
On China's side, yes i agree there is a lot of fascinatingly unbelievable racist extremism being posted by the Chinese. I find it incredible reading though, it's like going back in time 2 or 3 generations. They talk like something out of an old World War 1 revolutionary movie or something. It's like the west 100 years ago the immaturity of their racism and extremism, like they've been living on another planet or been in some kind of a coma, or living in a cave, and suddenly they've crawled out from their hole and are here finally joining the rest of the world trying to communicate like we're still all living pre-World War 1, with soldiers and army people singing and dancing to songs, giant parades and big outlandish statements. Fascinating to read, quite incredible.
On the side of the West (or the 'Anglos' as the Chinese posters here love to call us, I find that kind of cute :) there are a couple of things. First of all it's the pure ignorance of Chinese history and culture. If you have no idea of the history or culture then you have no right to make an opinion judged on some crap American tabloid article you might have read about China. Secondly, I agree with the Chinese when they get annoyed with anglos for imposing their values on the Chinese like they are superior or something. This is very degrading for the Chinese and I fully understand why they get angry about it. I have been guilty of this myself in the past and I am very careful now to be respectful of the Chinese and not impose my values, just give opinions and criticism when I feel it is necessary and/or helpful to help China move forward.
Remember, just because the west is 'developed' does not mean we are 'better' people. We are all equal, all people in the world. It was the 'west' that brought China down in the first place, starting with the Opium War, it is the right of the Chinese to become a fully developed nation (just as it is the RESPONSIBILITY of the Chinese government to ENSURE that this happens as quickly as possible, which is why I'll criticise when I can see problems and when certain areas are not developing properly)