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I have been a Sinophile since I was a small child, aged 4 to be exact. That was when I was first exposed to Chinese culture in the form of Singapore and Hong Kong, and from day one I was hooked. It leaves me feeling at ease and at home, something I truly cannot say about most of the west.
Many Chinese ask me why I like China so much and I honestly can't give a single specific reason, it's partly due to the history, in part cultural, food and the magnificent scenery, in part the changing nature of China's society and there's many other reasons, it's a whole package for me. In the past 20 years I have hosted many Chinese students at my house, for periods ranging from a few weeks to many years. Mostly they have been female, almost all at university and with the exception of two women all have been cultured, honest and wonderful people. Most of my friends are Chinese and of those who aren't most of the remaining are S/E Asian.
Unlike some forumites I don't see China through rose coloured glasses. I recognise that the country has faces massive problems and that solutions need to be found and found fast for the most pressing issues, namely the environment, health care, pollution and food safety as well as producing a fairer and more balanced distribution of wealth. Problems that also face almost every country in the world.
Do I love China? Yes there is much to be loved, there are also things I dislike intensely. Overall though I like far more than I dislike and unlike some here I don't harp on and whinge about the things I dislike.
Way too many of the detractors fail to remember just how far China has come in a very short period of time. What I see at present is a nation in transition, a transition that is not smooth but stop and start, where change is happening and it's not perfect by any means. However things will get sorted out eventually. I just hope that the price to the ecology of China isn't too high, resulting in long term permanent damage to the land.