Understanding the roots of anti-China bashing and xenophobia in the Western world
Prof Martin Powers from University of Chicago, presented an incisive analysis entitled : “In the US, China-bashing is rooted in myths of Western superiority” and gave a brief historical account of anti-China bashings created by the Europeans. (see: South China Morning Post 24Jun2020).
American anti-Chinese sentiments are part of the European legacy in creating anti-Chinese stereotypes to counter their perceived threats by China. They are so entrenched that the dehumanizing myths about Chinese culminated in making China the enemy, has become the accepted norm.
Despite the political divide in the US on public policies, there is a common agreement between Left and Right that China is the enemy. Although the Liberals do not condone violence against the Chinese, they accept as fact the dehumanizing myths which are used to justify racist bullyings.
Briefly, the perceived threats to Europe was the trade deficit with China (buying tea, porcelain and silk), the perceived threats to European aristocracy from the Chinese meritocratic system and egalitarian concepts.
We thank Prof Martin Powers for illuminating a concealed part of history not known to many. It has also helped the Chinese people to understand how the ideology of superior race came from and the reasons for their emergence. The Portuguese sailing boats has proven their ocean sailing capabilities, in the 15th century followed by the Dutch (16th century) and the British (17th century); and by 18th century, gunboat diplomacy began with Asian colonization.
In those centuries, to win and to maintain control of "native" population, the colonial masters and his administrators must adopt a "superior" or "master-slave" image; and by divide and conquer, they managed to 'control' the masses. Unfortunately, these attributes have continued unabated.
Anti-communist sentiments play no role in this debate as this "attitude'" to the Chinese exists during the Qing dynasty and brief period of the Republic of China (non-communists). Part the growing unfounded of China is how to face the people whom the colonialists have oppressed in the past as they are rising on par with their descendants to compete with them on every aspect of life . The antidote is the acceptance of the rise of any nation and to have a dialogue in how we can share this planet's resources together in a peaceful and equitable manner.
The same tactic is being used last few years by creating a false impression that "the Red Peril" CCP, is coming to destroy us . In syncronizing with Trump administration through the mass media megaphone outputs by Murdoch media enterprises The Sky News, The Australian, The Nine Entertainment Groups, SMH and The Age; and sadly, the tax-payer funded ABC, SBS keep picking "experts" from ASPI spoke-men like John Garnaut, Peter Jennings, Alek Joske and other commentators like Hamilton, Hatcher etc, to demonise China left, right and centre since 2016. No wonder innocent Americans and Aussies were being brainwashed into believing that China is coming to get them again ( before was Yellow Peril) both in USA and Australia. We have the latest "polls" carried out in USA and Australia to prove that. Remembered a "lie" was created by Bush Administration after 9/11 that Iraq was the culprit also for 9/11 disaster! Iraq was evil and had dangerous "weapon of mass destruction" which could destroy Americans and the world. It had to be demolished. His approval rating was then around 80% as poor innocent Americans and "allies" after bombarded by their mass media day in and day out, believed "the lie" was truth. The wars started in Middle East since then are still haunting us. That is the scary part. Are we in cohort with Trump Administration to start a war with China?
The root of all evil lies in the big red sign "racism" like it or not! If we let the "madmen" in charge, we could face a nuclear war? And humankind will end up in history! Think carefully those in charge!
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, National President, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
National Chinese Australian Leaders Group:
Maria Chan, Robert Chong, AM, Shirley Huang, Dickson Mak, Daphne Lowe Kelly, James Leung, Lee Xj Li, Suellyn Lin, Kingsley Liu, Daphne Lowe, Tony Pang, Tony Tang, Dr Yen-Yung Yap & Clara Nie (EO)Li Zhang; Junxi Su; Kee Guan Saw