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I met several Japanese exchange students in Peking University. I did appreciate their politeness, devotion, hard-work, and the ability to be always at the centre of parties.  Of course, inevitably topics concerning China and Japan were brought up after lunch, in bars, in common rooms, casually or formally. We acted as if we were the presidents and stated bluntly our opinions though enormous differences, most of the time, conversations hardly ended unpleasantly.

 

The harmony comes from our common basic principles of mutual respect, belief in evidence and rationality, which, in my view, owe to years of higher education. Divergent standpoints root deeply from various cultures and backgrounds, similar for a person or a nation. There is scarce unanimity in a normative world and differences should be tolerated. Nevertheless, accordance can be achieved, though, based on international regulations, records of history and logical analysis, in which way my friends and I tried to convince each other, instead of yielding insanely. More and more foreign friends, including Japanese, Americans, Europeans and Africans, now understand what actually happened during the war between China and Japan – from evidence provided by me and materials in library and internet they convinced themselves. As for the territorial issue, it is almost self-evident when taking into account economic and politic factors, and looking beyond Asia.

 

Though all the divergences, I am always particularly enthusiastic and hopeful about the future between China and Japan since I am fully under the belief two countries like China and Japan, closely related geographically, historically and culturally, will be united by common interest eventually. Further, I am confident I should and I can do something; when our society is composed of mainly younger generations, with us, with more understanding, things will work out in the end.

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Reply Report biztru 2013-12-5 20:35
Perhaps the Chinese are too infatuated by the similarities of natural appearance and culture between the Chinese and Japanese to possibly omit the mind-set. How similar are they?

In due course there could be more similarities between say the Chinese with the Koreans, Singaporeans, Australians, Canadians and Americans. This posture is quite possible for many reasons. As ECONOMY carries more weight globally it will dictate the way of life. It is not the materialism or the dollars and cents but the way people will live the corporate and business life. China and the five countries identified above share great similarities in being republic economies, open economies, increasing use of two languages - English (in China) and Mandarin (in the other five), improving calls for globalization characteristics etc. All these shape human thoughts and with it education's direction. Morality values will change. Americans has become more family orientated (many women are beginning to stay at home to tend to their children) while in China more women are going to work, something that happened before in America. Eventually there will be parallels and meeting of minds despite appearance differences between the societies of America, China, Korea, Australia, Singapore and Canada.

However the same cannot be said of Japan, a strong monarchy society. Apart from Philippines, Japan is the only other Asian country that has a long long association with the Americans but Japan as a society had hardly picked up English despite this. In fact the Koreans and Chinese as late associates are much faster. In a way this speaks about mind-set, the openness of it.

If Mandarin gets off as a second language in Canada, Australia and America, then eventually it is easier for America, China, Australia, Korea, Singapore and Canada mind-sets to converge. Language will lead to cultural understanding and then parallels before evolving into convergence.

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  • Comments on Sino-Japan relations 2013-12-5 20:35

    Perhaps the Chinese are too infatuated by the similarities of natural appearance and culture between the Chinese and Japanese to possibly omit the mind-set. How similar are they?

    In due course there could be more similarities between say the Chinese with the Koreans, Singaporeans, Australians, Canadians and Americans. This posture is quite possible for many reasons. As ECONOMY carries more weight globally it will dictate the way of life. It is not the materialism or the dollars and cents but the way people will live the corporate and business life. China and the five countries identified above share great similarities in being republic economies, open economies, increasing use of two languages - English (in China) and Mandarin (in the other five), improving calls for globalization characteristics etc. All these shape human thoughts and with it education's direction. Morality values will change. Americans has become more family orientated (many women are beginning to stay at home to tend to their children) while in China more women are going to work, something that happened before in America. Eventually there will be parallels and meeting of minds despite appearance differences between the societies of America, China, Korea, Australia, Singapore and Canada.

    However the same cannot be said of Japan, a strong monarchy society. Apart from Philippines, Japan is the only other Asian country that has a long long association with the Americans but Japan as a society had hardly picked up English despite this. In fact the Koreans and Chinese as late associates are much faster. In a way this speaks about mind-set, the openness of it.

    If Mandarin gets off as a second language in Canada, Australia and America, then eventually it is easier for America, China, Australia, Korea, Singapore and Canada mind-sets to converge. Language will lead to cultural understanding and then parallels before evolving into convergence.

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