Why is China so misunderstood by people in the West?
Pascal Barre, Producer, Screenwriter at Undine Productions (2011-present)
Updated Oct 13
Mainly because China is an opaque culture spanning over 5000 years. Its social cohesion cannot be grasped from a western cultural prism. Mainly because our history is so different as it happened on a very different scale (in history).
During my stay there (4 years) I felt China was like an alien planet rather than another country. It’s so dense in mysteries and culture that you can’t understand them by just traveling the country… It requires a much deeper and time consuming efforts to understand them. Here in the west, we understand things from an interest perspective rather than cultural views which are much more common in China. As there, everything, including their history is important and of actuality. As such what happens 100 years ago is yesterday for them. But for us, westerners, it's very old news.
So the scale of events happening in China cannot be understood in a shorter , more modern historical context like ours… Everything has roots in this country, every action, every event. And those roots are running deep within their historical context.
It’s why they are judged and overlooked so fast in the west by our press… The work necessary to really understand them or their motivation is simply too much as they (western reporters) have not enough time to come to a realistic analysis… In other words, our western culture is too shallow to appreciate the nuances and subtleties of Chinese culture… So western peoples have no time to invest in understanding what they can’t perceive, or rather what they don’t want/care to perceive and instead go along the interest route rather than an analysis based on true cultural facts…
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Answered Sep 4
Cause we westerners are manipulated by the media so badly and most of us are so selfish that choose to believe the lies told by the medias.
Rekay, lives in China (1993-present)
Answered Sep 13
Because they are afraid of the powerful china.
A century ago，they conquered the world,and then they still do not face up to the new china,and always ask some stupid questions such as"does china have highway?" in quora.
That is very funny when chinese people see that.
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