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The Chinese View Of The Tea Party's View Of China

Given all the excitement in the comments of the post on how people in other countries view the Tea Party, I thought I should point you to this piece in The New Yorker.

It's a discussion about an ad by Citizens Against Government Waste. In it a Chinese professor in the future lectures his students on how America fell, and how "Now, they work for us."

The ad by the Campaign Against Government Waste portrays a future owned by China.

China has become quite the punching bag in these midterms, but I'll leave the political discussion to Frank and Mark over at the It's All Politics blog. What fascinates me is the Chinese reaction to the ad. From the New Yorker piece:

This might seem like prime red meat for China’s “angry youth,”—and, indeed, it has attracted its share of predictable comments in that spirit—“This sounds great! It’s going to be the reality,” as one Chinese commentator put it, on the video site Tudou. But after six days, in which the video has attracted 548,271 hits and four pages of comments, most Chinese viewers seem not to have the remotest idea that this ad is related to the election. (They have a point.) They are interpreting it as either 1) anti-Chinese propaganda put out by the U.S. government; 2) evidence that Americans are really scared of China’s rising power; 3) a nationalist video made by people who believe in the future of China.

It’s easy to forget that most Chinese still see their country as hopelessly far beyond the U.S., so the following kind of reaction to the ad is common: “A country that couldn’t be any weaker is always emphasizing its rising clout, while a truly powerful country is always dwelling on its weakness and vulnerability—how ironic.”

Just another reminder other peoples don't view themselves, or us, the way that we do.

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