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I agree with irishinuk
My opinion is fairly neutral, but I don't like to get into politics, reading it or talking about it, so my opinions don't go into that field. It seems to me that some people think that's ALL there is to talk about. Always comparing countries, trying to guess what the gov't will do, predicting the future..... I'm so sick of it.|
There are other aspects, like the people's preferences in food, fashion, career issues, education issues... so many other things we could talk about that give a country an image, not just its political image.
I know a couple foreigners back home who don't like CHina very much, but they are not well-informed and don't even know WHY they say that. They have old ideas about communism. If they're older, they remember "communism" being an evil word in their youth, mostly because of Russia though... but still, anything that claims to even be sympathetic toward communism (let alone practice it or claim to be it) is scary to them. They have an old image that it means there is one cruel leader who oppresses everyone and wants to take over the world. (they don't think that about china necessarily, but that's the old childhood image they have)
Geez.... to some older people who have been through a war or got scared of Russia as a child will even think the Chinese flag looks mean! Oh my goodness, it's ALL RED, and RED means COMMUNISM so it must be bad because it's ALL RED.
THE 1980's STYLE.....
This is a little bit true,.... some people in the US have the idea that in some small ways (not big ways!) China is still always 20yrs behind. I'm not sure why that is... I think it's largely fashion.... It's just a light hearted thing, really, nothing to be offended at.... Now, being here and it's 2007, I think most people's clothes out there on the streets are pretty normal. But once in a while I see someone wearing a shirt or jacket that looks very 80's by western standards. I think this was more common 5-10 yrs ago. People wondered if the chinese people really liked that style or if they just all got the fashion magazines a little late, being so far away, like maybe the magazines took 10yrs to get there. PLEASE don't be offended, I am talking about the PAST, and only about a *tiny* little lighthearted thing.... and I want to say again that I think everyone's clothes are perfectly normal out there! (then again I'm getting old and don't follow fashion, so maybe my style is behind the times too)