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wchao37 Post time: 2018-10-11 14:01
Your explanation of what had happened is plausible, and so I accept it without prejudice.
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so I can understand why you thought the boldfaced passage about Native Americans was directed at you. It wasn't at all. That "YOU" meant anybody, and not YOU specifically.
I understood that from the very beginning. I took the opportunity to represent myself as one example of the whole collective who has heard about Native American civilizations.
Basically a first hand account of what you tried to deny existing, in your attempt to showcase Chinese civilization as superior to Native American civilizations. Which, by the way, I am not necessarily denying - but I am again only talking about the civilization, not the current country.
I really don't know how many pages the whole Mayan, Aztec, and other civillizations in South America for example, get in Chinese primary school text books. They are quite well known in west, often much better than Chinese.
Also, whilst we are discussing the possibility to separate a country from the civilization that it is based on, consider this:
China's history under CPC, pretty much the whole first half of it, is something that the leadership would prefer to bury as deep as it can. This is in response to one of your earlier claims, that Native American civilizations have lost their representatives, and therefore can only be studied by digging up old bones an dwellings.
Well, situation seems pretty much the same with China's history under CPC. The little critical history there is studied, occurs mainly outside China. If the early South American civilizations had survived and adopted similar censoring and propagandizing approach to their own history, there would be much less that we'd know about them today.
As for historical account of Chinese civilization, ethnic Chinese diaspora around the world is luckily so large and well established, that for this overall history of the civilization the world really does not need to rely on strictly Chinese sources. It is only that part of fairly recent history, of which much remains in shadow.
In this perspective, it is the Chinese government that is clearly separating the country's history from the history of the civilization. That alone can be a cause for identity crisis for some Chinese youth. They wonder "why does my country need to do this - is my country so bad?".