Asia Politics

Did Mao do anything good for China?

A very polarizing leader. There’s good and bad with Mao. Alot of these answers seem to be biased too much in one way or another, I’ll try to be as fair as I can here:

Good things Mao did:

-improve life expectancy of the average Chinese

-improve literacy rate of the average Chinese, I must admit Simplified Chinese is much easier to learn to read and write

-unite Chinese under one dialect, Standard Mandarin making it easier to communicate

-overall raised the living conditions of most Chinese people. The Chinese nobles of before of course, saw their living conditions get worse and their nobility stripped but for the average Chinese I believe it improved from pre-Japanese war to Mao-era

-Got rid of stupid superstitions like Feng Shui from the Chinese mainland. Unfortunately it still exists in Taiwan and HK.

-Free housing + healthcare + education made possible by… communism! Of course its soviet-style so the quality wasn’t very good but it was free..

Now the bad things that Mao did:

-he was a terrible economic policy maker. The Great Leap Forward was a disaster that caused the famine of millions

-The Cultural Revolution was even worse, it destroyed 1000s of years of Chinese culture and tradition, purged many creative artists and scholars and prevented many people like my parents from attending university

-The One Child policy, while successfully reducing population growth, now has caused a gender imbalance in China with more males than females, and this combined with the ‘women hold up half the sky’ BS, has led to gender inequality in China where the women have more power then the men do. And no, they still don’t hold up half the sky or even pay for half the bill.

-Of course with communism its all about everyone being equal so during the Mao era, no one was allowed to own anything really, it was all state owned. So yeah you want to buy something that other’s don’t have? You couldn’t!

-Another problem with communism style government is government decides what job you do. If you wanted to be a singer or musician? Good luck. Mao says you have to work in the field you work in and you can’t do anything about it.

-Religion is banned. Atheists will probably appreciate Mao for this but I think getting rid of religion means that you one have one less way for you to connect with a community. Sometimes people who aren’t religious go to church to connect with other people. I think China could be better served by a better sense of community amongst its people.


Amongst Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans in Asia, is the sense of rivalry stronger than the sense of comradery?

I wouldn’t say its rivalry, but more like nationalism in all three countries. Chinese people feel strongly about making their domestic industries competitive, part of the reason they shut out foreign applications and websites. Tencent, Baidu, Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, ZTE, Meizu are a few of China’s tech companies that are gaining a lot of popularity.

Koreans rely on their top 2 tech giants Samsung and LG, and almost every Korean you see probably owns one of their cellphones or appliances in their home.

Japanese have an insane amount of great tech companies to be proud of. They are the predominant industry for video games with Sony, Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Taito, Namco, Square Enix etc all being Japanese and in addition they own almost the entire camera market with Olympus, Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Pentax, Sony and audio market with Marantz, Denon, JVC, Onkyo, Yamaha, Sony, Pioneer, Panasonic etc

All three countries have things to be proud of. The thing is most of the negative things said about these countries come from netizens and people who have never been to those countries. In reality, when I meet with Japanese/Koreans/Chinese and introduce them to each other (they have to speak english of course), they actually get along quite well when they realize they have more cultural things similar than different. All three countries are known for their hard working Confucian based family oriented cultures.

North Koreans were forcibly separated from South Koreans during the Korean War. To this day, South Koreans cannot visit North Korea to see their relatives or cousins. Taiwanese and mainland Chinese can still freely visit each other.

As for the ‘brotherly bond’ thing its because Korea used to be one nation, and as a small nation people were tighter knit. And its true to this day, you’ll notice South Koreans are still more or less a tightly knit community.
China doesn’t have the same tightly knit community because they are a massive country full of different cultures and ethnicities. Chinese don’t have a brotherly bond with Taiwanese because its doubtful you’ll find within China any brotherly bonds, do Sichuan Chinese care about Hunan? Do Beijing Chinese care about Tibet? Do Southern Chinese care about Northern? probably not. China is much too big and diverse a country to say there’s any “brotherly bonds”.


Why do Chinese look down on Koreans but admire Japanese?

I don’t think this is true, and if it is, it doesn’t make sense.

Why would Chinese admire Japan, a country that has tried to invade them numerous times in history? A country that massacred millions of Chinese and took Chinese as sex slaves? That took Taiwan away from them? And to this day, dispute Chinese islands as theirs? I have no idea why Chinese would admire Japan for that.

Korea on the other hand, has never invaded China, has never started any war with them (The Korean War was more between communist China and USA). Tong Zou’s answer to Why do Koreans look down on the Chinese? in my answer here I talk about how not only do Koreans not look down on Chinese, but South Korea does more business with China than any other country. Doesn’t seem like a country that Chinese should hate.

Unfortunately a lot of answers here by Chinese netizens are hating on Koreans for irrational reasons.

  1. Koreans do not claim ___ (something related to Chinese culture) is theirs. There are so many false rumors online about it, but if you ask any Korean they know that their culture and language came from China originally. Confucius is Chinese etc. Don’t believe people who say otherwise because you can ask Koreans themselves, its not true.
  2. The THAAD was forced on Korea by the USA. Chinese people think Koreans are puppets of the USA. Koreans do not do the bidding of USA. Most Koreans actually want the US off of their soil. The problem is because of North Korea. Because of North Korea, they have to keep a US presence there. The belief that Korea is somehow conspiring with the USA for an eventual invasion of China is ridiculous nonsense.

Again, let me comment about the things Korea does for China.

-China is the #1 destination for Korea international students

-China is Korea’s #1 trading partner

-Chinese is the #2 most studied foreign language in Korea after English

-China is the #1 market for Korean pop and dramas

-A lot of Korean actors/actresses study Chinese to debut in China

-Chinese are the #1 race Koreans inter-marry with outside their own

-Koreans train their salespeople to speak Chinese

-Seoul subway speaks Chinese and stations are written in Chinese characters

No other country, including Japan, does all these things for China and Chinese people. I think Chinese should realize that South Korea is a friend not an enemy. They should take the time to visit South Korea instead of believing some fake lies on the internet or netizens. There is no reason to hate another race of people who hasn’t done anything to us. Love more, Hate less. That is how the world will know peace.

Netizens are kind of the worst people though, they are bad examples of any culture because they have the worst aspects of them, being arrogant, being jealous and hateful to other cultures for no reason, and being ultra nationalistic. This isn’t limited to China but other countries netizens as well.

90% of these Chinese netizens have never been to Korea and don’t have any Korean friends and they make BS generalizations about them like all of them had plastic surgery, all korean women were ugly, they are arrogant and think they are better than Chinese (this is very ironic considering the assumption), they stole all of Chinese culture etc

I just ignore them like I ignore Trump supporters. There’s no rhyme or reason to these people, and there’s no hope of convincing them otherwise. Just go to Korea and you can see for yourself the truth, don’t believe some online people with an agenda claiming something without any empirical evidence whatsoever based on false rumors.

Edit: Oh look I already have a Chinese netizen slandering me Chara Chan’s answer to In what ways do Chinese, Japanese, and Korean culture differ from each other? how nice. You can see from her answer exactly the type of behavior I was saying, they are arrogant, jealous, hateful, and ultra nationalistic. Just to be sure – I don’t see such answers from Koreans very often on here, and at least they are willing to take criticism, it seems like with Chinese netizens they are super sensitive to taking any criticism, see here as well… also theres WAY more answers on Quora that seem to be jealous/angry Chinese slamming Korea for some reason than the other way around.

So let me tell you the story. I was born in China. my parents are Chinese. A lot of my friends are Chinese. I studied Chinese in university. It’s not like I hate China or anything. but I ended up hanging out with a lot of language students from Korea and Japan and its become obvious to me that what Chinese say about them just isn’t true. Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese are friendly people, and they don’t say anything bad about Chinese. On the other hand, mainland Chinese people have all these misconceptions and always have something negative to say about other Asian races. For example, I show my Korean friend a pic of my pretty Chinese friend and she says ‘wow shes beautiful!’. I show my Chinese friend a pic of my pretty Korean friend and she says ‘she’s ugly/fake/plastic surgery etc’. I mean cmon, why so much negative things to say about someone you don’t know?
The other thing is I noticed Chinese are super sensitive about criticism to their country. I criticize Korea and Japan too and Koreans/Japanese handle the criticism quite well I think – but as soon as I say something critical about China – Chinese people pounce on me and label me a ‘traitor’ and curse on me. They can’t handle criticism, they are too sensitive and nationalistic about their country. I don’t hate China but I think Chinese people should lighten up a bit, they get offended too easily and they should really hang out and get to know other races before making remarks about them, seriously. </end rant>