Gordon Tang , B.A Business Finance & Economics, University of Western Ontario (2007)
I was born in Hong Kong and moved to Canada when I was 5. In my twenty odd years, even for such a “friendly” country I’ve seen and experienced racial jokes and stereotypes about Chinese people. No MSM ever discusses about the rapid reforms China made in the legal sector, how it lifted half the nation out of poverty, how China can became a world power without starting wars everywhere.
Gordon Tang 商业金融与经济，加拿大西安大略大学，2007年
If you’ve taken the time to absorb Western culture, you’ll know it’s full of shit. Democracy means nothing ever gets done the way it should be done. The system is designed to protect the privileged few. What we see is a broken system, a system that relies on war profiteering to stay ahead. A system that promotes fear and hatred, while China is making friends and building a better future for everyone. I’m not saying that China is perfect or does this out of pure altruistic motives, but the international community seems more than happy to be a part of this growth.
It’s not that I hate the West, I’ve just seen its true colors. I moved back to China where I believe the opportunities are, and I don’t want to feel like a second class citizen. Personally, growing up in the West made me more aware of who I am. Unlike people in Hong Kong now, that wish they were white, there’s never been a time in history where we could be more proud to be Chinese. It’s motivated me to learn more about my own culture. It wasn’t so long ago when we were oppressed and everyone wanted to slice us open. Now we are a nation that can stand strong again, and knowing how we got here and where we will be going, that’s why we’re more nationalistic. The West promotes an individual’s (most likely futile) pursuit of happiness and wealth (ironically more like modern day slavery). China promotes the community, and it has sacrificed generations to help us get here. To not be nationalistic, wherever you may be situated, would be spitting on their graves.
Johnny Bai , studied at Monash University
Because we thought the west was more advanced than us, and western people were more “civilised” and good people (Thanks to our medias, to your surprise).
Turned out we were wrong, the west is super bias on everything about China, people think we live in hell.
Yes, China is not perfect, but quite liveable. However, the western medias painted China as hell and when we try to explain they call us “brainwashed”. That is why we start to be defensive and “nationalistic”.
People acquire information about outside world via medias, but all medias have bias. I am just suprised how bias the so call “free medias” are against China.
Here is an interesting fact:
Johnny Bai ，就读于澳大利亚蒙纳士大学
是的，中国并不完美，但是非常适合居住。 然而，西方媒体把中国描绘成地狱，当我们试图解释时，他们称我们为“洗脑”。 这就是为什么我们开始捍卫中国和“民族主义”。
When westerners visit China, most of them would be surprise how advanced, safe and free China is. “Damn medias are wrong!” They say.
While most Chinese visitors to western countries are kind of disappointed about the country. “Damn medias are wrong!” They say.
而大多数前往西方国家的中国游客，对游览的国家感到有些失望。他们也会说 “该死的媒体们错了! ”
Allen Zhu , lives in United States and China (2000-present)
Because people realize the "west" they have been told about simply doesn't exist.
Let me explain. Before the reformation of 1978, almost nobody had been to western countries, except for politicians and scholars. The country itself is not satisfying as well. Japan, Singapore, even North Korea (under Soviet reinforcement) is better than China in many ways. This, to the Chinese people, is mind blowing. People were taught that countries like Korea used to be sovereign states of China, but China is now left behind.
It wasn't until the beginning of this century that Chinese started to go out and explore the rest of the world. But the idea of being left behind is still in many people's mind.
However, when Chinese finally made it to the west, they get shocked by the fact that the so called "lighthouse of democracy" (nick name for the United States) is not perfect. People get frustrated by racism, foreign nationalism and violence in the foreign nation.
Allen Zhu ，在美国和中国生活(2000年至今)
It is not their fault, not at all. But still, people believe that this can't be true.
"How can there be so much racism? I was taught that Asians have the highest income here! Why is this happening?"
"How can there be so much nationalism? I was taught that the media of the United States was never controlled by their democratic government! Why is this happening?"
"How can there be so much violence? Why do people get shot almost once a week? I thought this wouldn't happen in a democratic society!"
Several years gone…
When they look back to the place they just come from, a country growing at an astonishing speed, they finally understood why.
They now know every country has its own pros and cons, and they now know that the country they come from isn't that bad at all. In the contrary, it might even seem to be a better choice for them.
Chinese people are sometimes fooled by its own kind that if you go to the west, you get everything: you get money, a happy family and a nice job. In fact, this is also what many US immigrants in the early 20th century believed. "Go to America! And you'll get everything!"
But when your own country grows from "nothing" to "something" to "something more than something", you'll start to wander: is the US always better than China in every aspects? Is my country really worse than the US?
Development is the key.
That's how you get nationalism.
Edit: the point I want to make clear of is that older generation Chinese have this strange "fairytale" thought about the west. It's not because of propaganda, but because people accept the feeling of China being a backward country and the fact that the west is indeed much more advanced. But the economic boost changed all that. Now, many Chinese regain their confidence of being one of the top countries in the world. The Germans, Japanese and Russians all experienced the change when their country rises.
中国人有时会被自己的同胞愚弄，如果你去了西方，你将得到一切：你将得到钱，得到一个幸福的家庭和一份不错的工作。 事实上，这也是20世纪早期许多美国移民所相信的。“去美国吧！ 你会得到一切！”
The first, most of Chinese living in the mainland only perceive positive information about the western world. China sents a majority of students to study abroad every year, therefore many outstanding bilingual Chinese students share some very positive things from the world of the west to Chinese citizens on the internet. Negative information are barely showed to people who do not have access to western social media. And people start to think that the west are all like this, which is positive, energetic, advanced. That’s the reason why Chinese people all have some certain fantasy about the rest of the world.
But things changed when they started to live in the west. Sometimes reality is a bit of unacceptable. For one thing, the western world is not generally that ‘advanced’ compared to major Chinese cities. Those people who used to live in the first-tier city in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, are more likely to find that the western infrastructures suck. For another, western media fabricates fake news about China ALL THE TIME. So these Chinese rush to defend or explain a real China to the rest of the world. And our western peers always behave resistant to listen, because it seems like they’re very into the idea that CCP would brainwash its people. So for most of the time, our modest explanation becomes a sign of nationalistic or xenophobia.
And most of international Chinese do go through some unpleasant experience in the west, and we think that we need to speak for our people to avoid such negative experience.
Last but not the least, if you read Chinese history, you may point out the fact that Chinese are not always the first one to cause trouble and we rarely actively attack others because most of us are raised under a traditional culture disdaining people who cause problems. But it doesn’t mean we are coward that afraid of confronting troubles. We act Resistance when our life is compromised, and our family members are in threat.
Seth Oteng , Lived in China for 6 years
Sixty percent of all mainstream Western media reports smear China.
There’s been much talk in recent weeks about China’s potential role as world leader, during a time when Trump’s America is erecting walls. China has nearly all the characteristics to lead effectively, with its willingness to engage in global trade and its promises to fight climate change, all backed by its economic and military gravitas.
Despite all this, China still isn’t beloved abroad, at least not to the extent that America is. China’s music, movies, and fashions are relatively unpopular. Put another way, China is not seen as cool; its pop culture and pop stars lack global swagger. The question is why, and whether that matters.
Seth Oteng ，在中国生活了6年
The quest for cool is key to a country’s so-called soft power. Unlike hard power, which is the ability to get what one wants through coercion or payment, soft power usually comes in the form of seduction — via culture, political values, or foreign policies that have moral authority. It’s this power that China, unlike the United States, lacks.
China's rapid development has amazed many foreigners, and they really enjoy the vibrant and convenient life here: mobile payment, high-speed trains, buses, and bicycle-sharing services. Foreigners are free to go out in the evening with no fear for safety thanks to China's good social order.
China's economic growth has also provided many opportunities for foreigners. The country was illiterate, poor and backward compared to the rest of the world up until a few decades ago, but that changed and it's changing so fast. It's simply fascinating. If you're professional expat, life in China can be rewarding. The economy is booming and they are a lot of opportunities available.
Again, It is impossible to generalize about 1.3 billion people: 1.3 billion people made up of 56 ethnic groups; representing 297 living languages; living in over 33 provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities, and special economic zones; and eating well over eight regional cuisines. No two Chinese people are exactly alike, and traveling throughout the country will reveal a massive diversity many outsiders find surprising.
Though often cold on the surface, Chinese people are some of the most welcoming on the planet once you get to know them. Because of the sheer number of people in the country, Chinese tend to treat strangers as numbers rather than people. However, as soon as you become a name and a face, you are practically part of the family.
In addition to being welcoming, China’s people are also incredibly generous. This manifests in many ways, from the dinners they treat you to to the gifts they bring you when they come back from traveling. In a Chinese home, you will never want for food, company, or cigarettes.
We are just becoming more objective.
These changes not only happen to Chinese people who have been staying in the west for a period of time but also occur to Westerners who have been living in China. The reason is quite straightforward: both groups of people base their opinions on first-hand knowledge and real-life experience rather than biased news media. Let me explain the mind-changing process to you.
* China and western countries take different approaches governing its country. Both approaches make sense, and both have pros and cons;
* Due to some unknown reason, Chinese people have a very high expectation for the Western-style liberal democracy though they don’t know what exactly it is. They deem the western approach is more advanced than the Chinese approach.
* On the other side, the media in the west don’t like the Chinese approach due to the political ideology behind it. They have done a lot of cherry-picking work, releasing tons of seemingly-reliable but prejudiced reports on China.
* Under the influence of these reports, people in the west have gradually formed prejudices against China. After “witnessing” so many problems, they hold the Chinese approach is not going to work, and the evil government will collapse sooner or later.
* Luckily, the news media is not able to fool two groups of people: the Chinese people who have been living in the west and the Westerners who have been living in China. These people are blessed with the opportunity to take a closer look at the other’s society and are able to draw their own bias-free conclusions.
* Having been staying in the west for a certain period of time, Chinese people like me have started to become aware of many drawbacks of the western approach. Meanwhile, we also found that so many westerners, under the influence of the news media, have many seriously biased views against the Chinese approach, which is not the truth. Then, we start to defend our home country.
Duncan Yum , former Lance Corporal at Field Defense Squadron, Tengah Air Base, Republic of Singapore Air Force (1997-1999)
Western Mainstream media will happily blame the government is the biggest enabler of nationalism, but the fact is: modern Chinese nationalism is and always enabled by foreigners! Be it foreign invaders or five 2000lb JDAM bunkerbusters bullseyed a Chinese embassy or outright racist clips that TV stations defended it as “light humour”, or some random white man/woman yelled “Ching chong go home!” with middle finger and what not, so full of genuine hate…
Duncan Yum ，新加坡共和国空军，登加空军基地，前野战中队一等兵(1997-1999)
西方主流媒体会很高兴地指责称，政府是民族主义的最大推动者，但事实是：现代中国的民族主义是，而且总是被外国人激发出来的！无论是外国侵略者，还是五个2000磅的 联合制导攻击武器 炸毁了中国大使馆，抑或是电视台称之为“轻幽默”的公然的种族主义片段，或者一些普通的白人男女喊道: “ChingChong滚回去！ ” 用中指什么的，充满了真正的仇恨...
Sissi Yi Hu , studied Media and Communications
While I was born in Spain and have lived there my whole life and am Spanish by nationality, my parents and my sister are Chinese and I go to China at least once a year to see my family and that.
It’s strange because if someone were to insult Spain or criticise the government or living standards or any Spanish stereotypes, I wouldn’t be offended in the least, but it’s a totally different story when it comes to China and the people.
I think it’s because Western people often have an incredibly misconstrued perception of Chinese people, yet China is SO big. It would be like, let’s stay stereotypically, like comparing someone in the US from New York to someone in Texas.
Sissi Yi Hu ，学习媒体与传播
Xiao Yang , English Editor (2009-present)
For many years, it seems that it is a honour to study abroad or emigrate to a western country. But, it requires time to get accustomed to a new environment when living or studying in another country for a long time. Culture is difference, dining is different, and language is different. They are the must face challenges. And what’s more, one may shoulder stress from doing scientific assignment or making money to support a family. Naturally, people will miss their hometown and feel homesick. It is true for majority of the Chinese who emigrate or stay long in a western country.
Many young Chinese and Asians have grown up thinking the West would be an amazing place to live in. Many of their parents hold similar fantasies, so they make preparations for a long time before the big day when they move, so they are filled with much anticipation.
Xiao Yang ，英文编辑(2009年至今)
多年来，出国留学或移民到西方国家似乎是一种荣誉。但是，长期在国外生活或学习，需要时间来适应新的环境。文化不同，餐饮不同，语言也不同。这些是他们必须面对的挑战。 更重要的是，一个人可能肩负科研工作或赚钱养家的压力。自然而然，人们会想念家乡，想念家。 对于大多数移民或长期居住在西方国家的中国人来说，这是事实。
But it’s impossible for your highest expectations to be met or you grow accustomed to the new country and notice problems that disturb your psyche. I heard from a psychiatrist that if you are making a long-term move to a foreign land, you will be excited for no longer than three months than reality sets in.
Your surroundings don’t seem new anymore. Soon afterwards, homesickness will creep into your heart and mind even if you try to keep it at bay. I can speak from personal experiences on this matter.
So we should not be surprised that Chinese or other Asians enter the “I don’t care anymore” stage of their new life in the West and start to believe that their native country is better then their new homeland.
I'm not Chinese, but I can relate my experience as an Nigerian-American who's in highschool.
I was born in Grenada, and am a naturalized American citizen. My first and only language is English. I have lived in Nigeria for two years but beyond that I don't have much connection to the country.
While living there I was caught between absolutely loving it and hating it. But the first thing I noticed when I came back was the questions about Africa. People would say,”did you starve?”. No, we have markets and even supermarkets to buy food, most of the things of starving children you see are the minority not the majority. Its true that people struggle to make ends meet but I've seen that even in America. Another I hate being asked is about whether or not we have technology. Yes, we do. Its not only first world countries that have technology also factor in the fact the Nigeria is on of the richest countries.
One thing that made me absolutely mad though was when an older Mexican lady asked me what my first language is, I told her English, sh said”no youe first language.” Do you think I'm dumb, I told you English because it is my first language.
Nigeria and China have made bad decisions in the past,and in the case of Nigeria still makes them, but that doesn't mean that you can judjeusbased on the biased news and adathat are presented to you.
BTW, I'm sorry for the rant and deviation from the question,but I felt like it must be said.
Bryan Loo , former globetrotter/international freelancer
It isn't just the Chinese. The same can be said for almost everyone from any of the first-world nations in Asia. Being from Singapore, I feel the same.
Growing up, I didn't like Singapore very much, and always thought “the West” better. After travelling the world, and having been to so many countries in Europe. I can safely say the only places I think are comparable to Singapore is South Korea, and China. Unfortunately I haven't yet been to Japan but I imagine it's similar. At least in terms of convenience, safety, cleanliness, standard-of-living, and infrastructure. As a result, I've taken to being a lot more comfortable of my home as I've aged.
Bryan Loo 前环球旅行者 / 国际自由职业者
Alongside the already-mentioned media bias the West has for the Chinese. Sad-to-say, the West in general (including Australia) really isn't that great. Most cities are riddled with crime, filth, inefficient, or outright corrupt government. Aging or simply dilapidated infrastructure. Lousy and ineffectual public services. A still exisiting belief that Western moral values are superior, and that Asians remain filthy savages. The list goes on and this is especially prevalent in capital/major cities.
I've come to feel that one of the funniest insults a “Westerner” can level at me is assume that my purpose of visiting is to overstay, or get citizenship. Ha!
Yi Tian , Guangdong at Senior Engineer
When I graduated from university, I was very disappointed with China. I felt that there were problems and there were also problems. I complained every day. Later, I often traveled to western countries on business. I learned more and more about western countries. I finally found that China was not so bad. Westerners despised us Chinese. I vowed to contribute to Chinese science and technology. From then on, I changed from an accountant to an engineer. I used to hate working overtime. No one asked me to work overtime. But I just like working overtime. If I don't allow me to work overtime, I will change one. I don't need someone to pay me for working overtime. I just want to work overtime. I want to make a breakthrough in my technology faster. I don't need patents or money. As long as I contribute my wisdom to China, I'm happy. That's all I want.
I am proud to live in China. Even if the company forces me to retire, I think I will continue to be obliged to research and develop technology until I die. Only in this way can I feel that my life is meaningful.
Yi Tian ，广东省高级工程师
Killian Diaz , studied Medicine and Healthcare & Writers and Authors at Eastern Michigan University (2017)
Ok, so bear with me a moment here. I’m an American and not even ethnically Chinese, but I can think of a pretty darn good reason why they likely become more defensive.
How would -you- like it if some mongrel started not simply barking about how their style of living is better, but also decided to try and belittle your homeland in the process, almost as though they were going out of their way to do so? Wanna guess what the reaction is? It’s almost never going to be a “Yeah, guess you’re right.” It’s almost always going to be annoyed look followed by a mental ‘Well f**k you too.’
Here is the thing, you don’t even need to look outside the west to see this mentality in play. Why do many Americans become much more defensive about the USA after regular exposure to Europeans?
Human beings tend not to take you ragging on their country in the most positive manner. It goes that way with the USA and your rising anti-Euro sentiment, it goes that way with China when people from the west constantly insult their homeland and act like their garbage matter doesn’t stink.
Xinning Liu , former Loan Officer (2013-2014)
I would like to say it is because as these Chinese, we have never experienced such reversing black or white things. We never see such shameless people that sell their soul for money.
When we are in our own country,our education told us PRC is not perfect, CCP is not perfect, the government did a lot of wrong things in the past, but they are always telling the truth. We are also told the west is more developed, has more improved technology. It is still the truth.
But when we come out, we find that the people are not always told the truth. The truth can be sell for money, for entertainment, or for political interests.
Xinning Liu ，前信贷员(2013-2014)
Xinzhe Li , MSc Money and Banking, University of Birmingham (2019)
Many ‘issues’ of China were actually created by the west like most of the topic and news you can see in western media. As a Chinese studying and living in UK, I can say that all Chinese people understand our society is not perfect. Certainly we have problems but who doesn’t? Compared to the past time and many other countries in the world, I can promise you China is doing pretty well.
The key thing is what Chinese people defending for. Many Western media’s opinion and fake news are so ridiculous and ignorant. It’s like seeing a lunatic controlling these world famous media because you can see the news they created are quite similar. You have freedom to express yourself, If you are just talking shit, to be frankly you are just irritating Chinese people. I really do not understand the logic behind these strategy, if the western media want their audience in China, at least you should not irritate and humiliate them.
Come on we live there, how can you fool me with something you made up?
Xinzhe Li ，货币与银行理学硕士，英国伯明翰大学(2019)