What have the Chinese done wrong to make Hong Kongers, the Taiwanese, and Singaporeans (all mostly ethnic Hans) seem to like the Japanese more?
Mark Hayes, studied at Georgia Institute of Technology (1989)
I’ve lived and worked in Shanghai, Singapore and Malaysia, visited Hong Kong for business and have Taiwanese friends living and working in Shanghai. I love China, it’s people and it’s history and culture. My work requires that I study, more than most “tourists and short time visitors” the culture and history of the places where I work. My experience with Singaporean and Malaysian ethnic Chinese is that they often have a stronger connection to the ancient principals of Chinese culture , manners and customs and the rule of law than many of the Chinese visitors with whom they do business or who visit the various countries with large ethnic Chinese populations, like Singapore and Malaysia. On the other hand, Japan and Japanese visitors are often seen as an a model example of Cultural Integrity, orderliness, civic pride ( as opposed to mere patriotism ) and politeness .
While Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan were experiencing prosperity and growth after the second world war, China was left struggling with the aftermath of not only WW II but with the results of The Chinese civil war and the CPC ‘s often miserably failed attempts to remake a new Chinese society. Finally the willful destruction of Chinese cultural institutions and formal traditions and eschewing of scholarship and education ( beyond state ideological education ) during the 1960s and 70s is responsible in part for what is perceived as a lack of commonality with the descendants of earlier immigrant Chinese from the mainland. There is often among the current generation of Chinese an obsession with material wealth paired with a cultural and social ignorance that fosters many of the negative stereotypes that residents of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia feel toward visitors from the the Peoples Republic of China now. As Chinese citizens become more well traveled and it’s people become better educated, this will fade away over time
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Anthony Yen-Kai Chen, BSc Biology, University of Auckland
Answered Nov 12 · Upvoted by Eric F. Lin, Used to work at Taipei Economic and Cultural Center Office.
Being an overseas Taiwanese, I felt that it wasn’t that the current Chinese g*nt did something wrong but rather they did something different.
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan had allied themselves to the west and believed that was the only way to ensure prosperity. Although it’s pretty annoying that the west attribute these countries’ success as purely because they were with the west.
These asian tigers prospered earlier than mainland and often mock them because of it. But now that mainland is starting to really reaching somewhere, they achieved something that the others could not. An authoritarian communist government was providing, nurturing and letting its citizens achieve their dreams. They did this without allying themselves to the west.
The asian tigers probably felt cheated, “why weren’t they like us?” “how dare they do something different and still get somewhere”, but rather then blaming themselves, it’s easier to put the blame on others.
Of course, there is soft power to talk about, but I thought I would bring something new to the table. That being said, they are working on their soft power, with southeast asia, Africa, middle east, central asia, latin america and southern asia (maybe also europe) being the first to work on. it doesn’t work on the pacific west (a term I made up to describe Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada - since these nations aligns themselves with the US very closely). It isn’t particularly useful in the pacific west since the media here is actively anti-chinese.
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