China's New Nationalism: Pride, Politics, and Diplomacy by Peter Hays Gries

By Peter Hays Gries

3 American missiles hit the chinese language embassy in Belgrade, and what american citizens view as an appalling and tragic mistake, many chinese language see as a "barbaric" and intentional "criminal act," the newest in a protracted sequence of Western aggressions opposed to China. during this e-book, Peter Hays Gries explores the jobs of notion and sentiment within the development of well known nationalism in China. At a time whilst the course of China's international and household rules have profound ramifications around the globe, Gries deals a unprecedented, in-depth examine the character of China's new nationalism, quite because it contains Sino-American and Sino-Japanese relations--two bilateral kinfolk that hold amazing implications for peace and balance within the twenty-first century. via contemporary chinese language books and magazines, videos, tv indicates, posters, and cartoons, Gries lines the emergence of this new nationalism. Anti-Western sentiment, as soon as created and inspired by way of China's ruling PRC, has been taken up independently by way of a brand new new release of chinese language. Deeply rooted in narratives approximately prior "humiliations" by the hands of the West and impassioned notions of chinese language identification, well known nationalism is now undermining the Communist Party's monopoly on political discourse, threatening the regime's balance. As readable because it is heavily researched and reasoned, this well timed booklet analyzes the influence that well known nationalism may have on twenty-first century China and the realm.

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The prevalence of teacher-student and older brother–younger brother metaphors in Chinese discussions of Sino-Japanese relations suggests that many Chinese see Japanese as morally inferior to them—not as equals. A Clash of Civilizations? Chinese identity does not exist in isolation. It evolves through the ways Chinese perceive their interactions with other nations, and especially through the ways they perceive their relations with the United States and Japan. Samuel Huntington’s clash-of-civilizations argument provoked heated debate in mid-1990s China.

The word has developed a strong negative connotation as a false social appearance covering an unseemly inner reality. 23 That foil has long been found in the Orient. To demonstrate the defects of the “Chinese racial character” and justify his Christian civilizing SAVING FACE 23 mission, British missionary Arthur Smith first associated the term face with the Orient in the late nineteenth century. ”24 Fearful of society—“the mob” and its unruly passions—classical Liberals began to use words like face to project their fears about society and the emotions onto the Orient, the realm of the mindless Yellow Horde.

A match set in 1924 is interrupted by World War II and not completed until thirty years later, on the Great Wall, symbolizing the triumph of Chinese civilization. Chinese moral superiority is also the subject of the film’s many interpersonal relationships. A Chinese magnanimously forgives a repentant Japanese classmate after a fight. And masculine and feminine roles are also used to indicate Chinese dominance, as the son of the Chinese CHINESE IDENTITY AND THE “WEST” 37 protagonist and the daughter of the Japanese protagonist fall in love.

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