All Comments for Why Han Chauvinism Isn't Working For China

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Wangchuk from NYC :

It's funny how 50 cent people use my name to respond to my post. Originality anyone?

But to address his questions, there is no dispute the 19th century China was a victim of European & Japanese colonialism but the Manchu Qing Dynasty was also a colonial empire that imposed colonialism on Tibet, Mongolia, Vietnam & Korea.

When the Qing Dynasty fell, Tibet regained its independence. There is no evidence that ROC had any actual control over Tibet's internal affairs. Tibet was free until Mao's troops marched into Tibet in 1949-50.

You can Google East Turkestan Republic & see that it existed from 1945-49. But regardless the Uighur people have the right of self-determination & they can choose whether to live under CCP rule or not. Nothing justifies the barbaric repression of the Uighur people by the CCP.

No one disputes the Japanese Empire invaded China & tried to colonize it in 1937-45 & committed terrible atrocities. For that Japan should be ashamed. But Japan today is different from pre-WW2 Japan. In fact, the PRC looks a lot like imperial Japan where you have rising nationalism, a belief in the superiority of the country/civilization, and xenophobic behavior that blames foreigners for domestic problems.

Basically, nothing justifies PRC hegemonism today. You can't drum up or ignore the past but you have to account for your actions today.

Feb 13, 2017 10:32 AM

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Anonymous Reader :

Wangchuk's post shows a sophisticated understanding of Chinese history, while dewangchuk sounds like a PRC fenqing (angry youth) who still believes every word of the PRC high school "patriotic education" history textbooks the government mandated.

May 05, 2016 04:50 PM

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dewangchuk from BC :

you just know nothing about recent history in China.
Pls answer following Qs:
What is "exploited China" all about?
what is Japanese invasion?
how to define China's failure of modernization?
what is Japan's modernization in your thourght, imperialism? invasion? pearl harbor attach?
how to define "independent Tibet" in 1949?
where the heck East Turkestan were? in or before 1949?
How China invaded Vietnam in 1979? where the heck did Chinese get from Vietname during the 79's "invasion"?

shame on you~

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May 04, 2016 04:55 PM

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Wangchuk from NY :

The CCP blames the West & Japan for the downfall of China during the 19th & 20th centuries. It's true the West once exploited China & Japan invaded China during WW2. But China failed to modernize in the 19th century unlike Japan & internal feuds & rebellions also brought down the Qing Dynasty. And the PRC also invaded independent Tibet & East Turkestan in 1949-50 and invaded Vietnam in 1979. Since 1949, the CCP has killed more Chinese, Tibetans & Uighurs than anyone else. The CCP should look to its own barbaric history before blaming anyone else for China's problems.

May 03, 2016 10:42 AM

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Anonymous Reader :

Hitler also played on this victimhood, wiliness, and superior military power. It resulted in the unnecessary death of tens of millions of ordinary citizens across the whole world.

There are frightening parallels in today's China: a claim that the Chinese people are victims of the west and Japan; a belief that the Chinese are the originators of civilization, and superior to their neighbors, both culturally, and racially; a massive build-up of military power.

Japan also fell victim to this kind of mentality.

This kind of thinking only ends in ultimate destruction.

Apr 27, 2016 03:18 PM

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Anonymous Reader :

Well argued. Han chauvinism is just as ugly and loathsome as any other variety of chauvinism, and leads to unanticipated and unintended consequences for the party leaders and government operatives who have been behaving in a chauvinistic manner overseas.

Apr 25, 2016 01:30 PM

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Anonymous Reader :

Good analysis. I blame the Communists egg on Han. After all, the Communists are masters of control FREAK! This is the only way to keep them in power forever.

Ask yourself this, is having the Communist in control good for the country and people?

Apr 22, 2016 03:47 PM

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