China's America: The Chinese View the United States, by Jing Li

By Jing Li

One of the pinnacle 25 impressive educational Titles for 2011 chosen by means of the alternative journal, this is a desirable examine chinese language perceptions of the USA and the cultural and political history that informs them. 

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Philosophically and politically, he had precious little to say about American values and system. When he did touch on any of these unwelcome subjects, it was usually to lecture his subordinates on the undesirability of fanciful Western ideas. He would repeatedly urge his people to honor their Confucian tradition with its emphasis on loyalty and self-control. ”39 Speaking at a military academy, Chiang complained that nowadays “our schools have all but abandoned” the precious jewels of traditional Chinese culture.

Still, given the desperation of the whole Chinese nation at the time, even China’s educated elite were not altogether free of the general anxiety over the country’s survival crisis. In fact, many Chinese intellectuals in the early twentieth century, even if they received Western education, still cherished the long-standing Confucian idea that an educated man should concern himself with the fate of his country. Within this tradition, the very notion of education implied public service. So, out of a sense of duty and responding to pressing events, educated Chinese stepped up to meet the challenge.

S. government. S. ”51 Chen Duxiu himself never visited the United States. , and their experience was far from positive. Zhang Wentian, who in the 1930s headed the Chinese Communist Party, went to San Francisco in 1922. Unlike Chinese students generously supported with scholarships at elite universities, Zhang had to work—for a local Chinese newspaper—while taking some college courses. S. In the story, The Journey, a young Chinese travels to the United States with great hopes, determined to learn about modern democracy so that he can return home to clean up China.

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