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Q: Any body else feels he learned to be racist in China?

3 years 47 weeks ago in  Culture - China

 
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yes that was in my welcome to / but this is China Class 101 . followed by the ten most common poses that Chinese use when being photographed with you

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i believe it's more ethnocentrism mixed to xenophobia than racism. China as a civilization has never really theorized racism in such a systematic way the west did:Spinoza, Rosseau, Voltaire, Gobineau, just to mention a few..
 

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I learned to be "racist' against  blatant stupidty and lack of common sense.

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Nope. As much as the locals can be annoying, I know that I should not blame them, but rather their leaders for not providing them with the means to grow into a modern society. 

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I've learned to stand still in backflow.

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I don't think it's racism per see, more like the average level of empathy for your unknown human fellow. Yes, I find people here more obnoxious than other place I lived before, but in China, people are obnoxious to one other. Also comes into play a great deal of ignorance mixed with insecurity. And this "insecure ignorance" is definitely a toy in the hand of the powers-to-be, one of the oldest tool in politics Tongue

I believe this, because on a personal basis, people initially obnoxious became much warmer and considerate by knowing me. My in-laws for instance (and by extension, the whole family), went from really hostile, to close to adoptive parents. They saw their daughter being just fine, that I had a positive influence, that I would respect her and them, etc. This Christmas, they even called to wish me a Merry Christmas ! You should have seen the drama when I started to date my wife : "white demon in da house" ^^

So I did not learn to be racist in China. I learned, however, how primordial is education, to shape a society. To me, China is a good example of half-failure in that department (Cultural Revolution !) I became also more careful in my judgments when seeing terrible behavior ie. blaming the person and its education, rather than his skin color, his nation, his social group, his genetic pool, etc...

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