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what you see on the web represents the attitude of a very small percentage of chinese people. i do admit that the worst insults have been thrown to me by chinese strangers online. but in real life it is different. to get to know people, it's not enough to just talk to them online, you would need to live in the country for a while.|
for example, the anti-japanese nationalism we've seen in the english language news media doesn't reflect the whole of china. other than old people who witnessed the japanese burning of chinese towns and other atrocities, no young chinese that i have met hate japan, they even admire japan, and unreasonably, i might add. ...so the claim that the chinese have been brainwashed by their government to hate the japanese, is false. for one, they don't hate the japanese. if anything, the japanese hate the chinese more. ...you know the saying, those who have done you harm will never forgive you.
but even old chinese people don't have any thoughts of revenge against japan, however, they warn the younger ones to stay away from that country. rarely do the young people listen though...
and there are those young chinese people don't show any outward patriotism, but they do love china, and they are very proud of china. just because they can't express it to you in english, doesn't mean they don't feel it.
what i actually don't get is the shame the chinese people feel for having suffered destruction and loss, the 100 years of humiliation, they call it, is it. i forget. chinese people did nothing wrong, they should feel no shame. my grandparents fled the japanese invasion, but even though they had to leave china, they were always very proud to be chinese. it was not arrogance, but pride.