Culture in Modern China
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This paper traces how history, geography, religion, war and other factors shaped the culture of Modern China. The paper addresses the rise of Confucianism and discusses how the West alternates between seeing China as weak and friendly and fearing it as strong and dangerous.
From the Paper:"The West alternates between seeing China as weak and friendly and fearing it as strong and dangerous. The notion of China as a threat was revived after Tiananmen, and today it is nourished by Beijing' s upgrading of its navy and air force, its sales of arms around the world and its assertiveness in making territorial claims to parts of the South China Sea. China-threat theory is congenial to the defense bureaucracy, to American industries threatened by Chinese exports and to some sections of the labor movement. It is sure to get loud and frequent airings in Jesse Helms's Foreign Relations Committee.
"The desolate aftermath of the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989, the economic boom since 1992, and its puzzling accompaniment of "heterodox ideas, weird fads, errant cultural tendencies and unorthodox economic hustles." (Nathan, 1995) China waking took place during the reforms of the late Qing in 1900-1910 and the Kuomintang revival of the 1930s - episodes that scholars often compare to Deng Xiaoping's reforms - and during the early years of Mao's reign. In each episode, political wreck brought economic ruin."
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