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Chinese need to learn more about the REAL USA
Originally posted by polaris1120 at 2010-6-1 11:14
I've read an article revealing that a Hollywood movie named Red Dawn, which is expected to be released this November, centered on a group of Midwest teenagers who came together to defend their town ...
I have seen enough Chinese movies that portray the westerners as either evil or dumb. I have also seen movies that portray the Japanese as dumb as well. Some of these are historical movies, but some are not. Even the historical movies are not that accurate, but are meant for propaganda reasons.
Also, some people meantioned that Americans don't know much about China. Well, I have lived most of my life in both the US and China, and the Chinese know even less about the US. All the Chinese know is what they see in hollywood movies, which is why this person might think this movie is "dangerous." What Chinese don't know is that movies are made for entertainment, not a depiction of real life. Chinese will believe anything they see in a movie, and that is why they think this movie is unfair. Americans just see it as a movie. I have been asked so many stupid questions about the US from chinese friends. I have found that the Chinese only THINK they know about the US, but they have no clue. Even Chinese who study in the US stay in their circle of Chinese friends and don't bother to understand the real culture or people. However, the Americans and other westerners in China make it a point to find Chinese friends, travel to the countryside, learn Chinese enough to speak with the local people, and generally understand as much as they can. So, I have found that Chinese who visited the US know less about the US than Americans who have visited China know about China. The main difference is that if the American doesn't know something, he/she will say they don't know. The chinese will just arrogantly make something up to prove their point. It is both an embarrassment for the Chinese as well as the person speaking.
In the end, both Chinese and Americans can learn more about eachother. However, I doubt Chinese arrogance will allow the Chinese to move beyond seeing things through their Anti-american cultural lenses to see the real USA. Americans are a little bit more open, although we have our nationalists as well.