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You did came up with an interesting point, but unfortunately I cannot agree with you.|
Your statement that ‘a nation with a long lasting identity should be one that is tolerant to ideas different from the mainstream’ is correct. But the supporting you given for Chinese lacking tolerant to ideas different from the mainstream is not correct.
There is a Chinese proverb ‘don’t let one leaf to cover your eye’.
The support you given in your text are:
Try to go to any online forums hosted in Chinese language….
It appear you can master Chinese quite well (if you are not a Chinese yourself), but I would like to draw your attention that, most participated in online forums are younger, relatively more educated and well to do Chinese. These are relatively less matured group, and with bias of some objection to the government policy. Then your observation is leading you to a wrong direction to think they are representing the mainstream.
Then on your issue of 99%, the point is, you can have different opinion on certain facts, but if your opinion is beyond the public standard between right and wrong, then you surely get criticizes from others. For instance, 99% of us will conclude rubbing a bank is wrong, and needed to be condemned. If you are among the 1% saying the robber is right (unless you are hired as the defendant lawyer), you surely eyed by others as something wrong in your mind.
I do not see many foreigners in China are treated unfairly. Most of them we treated as guest and have higher standard then Chinese. Nobias, I feel you are hinting to the Xian University case which I myself consider the students were overacted. But it is not necessary to support your ‘no tolerant’ argument. Chinese hatred to Japanese is having a much deeper background.
Chinese are willing to learn from others. Your statement ‘any westernizations in the ideaology field are condemned’ is not true. You are talking of Chinese speak western languages or use westernized names, I can tell you this is nothing to do with westernization.
Think about it, if British communicate between themselves in Chinese, or French talking with each other in Korean, do you think it is normal and do you think them will not be see as something strange by their countrymen. Chinese, especially those who can merely speak a few words in English, talked to other Chinese in western languages, to be seen as ‘show off’ by fellow Chinese, are very logical. I would like to point out further, our Chairman Jiang is fluoresce in western language, I was much appreciate for his speech to Argentina Parliament, in which he used Spanish for 90 minutes. But many friends of mine hade criticized and see it as a ‘show off’.
About some Chinese using westernized name, if it is not as a convenient in order to deal with foreigners, it is just for fun, or to make he or she different from others. I have seen people using names which they have no idea at all, such as ‘money’, ‘hunter’, ‘beer’ and ‘sea strong’.
Andy, thank you for you pointing out my mistake on using the sentence >>>...I am not here to defend for Chinese civilization,...<<< . I mean ‘I am not here to give excuses to defence…’