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Politics

Has South Park been banned in China after the “Band in China” episode?

Well its their country, they can ban whatever they want but…

I do think its been a recent trend that China now just bans and boycotts anything they find remotely offensive. This has really ramped during the Xi administration.

I asked a question here: Why is China so politically sensitive and so eager to boycott and blacklist foreign companies/organizations that they even slightly disagree with these days?

Many Chinese responders felt that I was being unfair and had a double standard against China. They feel that if the USA was in a similar situation they would have done something similar.

Firstly, I don’t understand why Chinese always have to deflect their answers to Trump/USA. Let’s take a look at some Quora questions that are being ‘unfair’ to Americans:

Why are Americans so averse to socialism?

Why are some Americans so opposed to universal healthcare?

Why are Americans so divided?

Why do Americans love capitalism?

Why is owning a gun so important to some Americans, and why do some Americans feel they must own a gun?

How many of the answers in these topics mention China? How many of them accuse the question asker of being ‘brainwashed’ and having a ‘double standard’? You think Americans constantly compare themselves to China? No, they don’t care. But Chinese always bring up USA and America in their answers.

Secondly, would America actually do what China did?

Lets take a look:

-China banned Kpop concerts after South Korea accepted the THAAD defense system from the US. Would America ban Canadian entertainers if Russia put a ‘defense’ system in the Yukon on the border of Alaska?

-China detained Canadian diplomats after Canada honored an extradition treaty with America. Would America detain South Korean diplomats if South Korea honored an extradition treaty with China?

-Chinese consumers boycotted Dolce&Gabbana after a racist commercial + instagram comment was shown. Would American consumers boycott them if they did a racist commercial against Americans? Keeping in mind that Americans make fun of themselves all the time with shows like Family Guy and Simpsons?

-Banning everyone and every company who supported the Hong Kong protests. China bans airline staff backing Hong Kong protest Denise Ho, Anthony Wong Yiu Ming and Chapman To ‘banned in China for joining Hong Kong protests’ China suspends business ties with NBA’s Houston Rockets over Hong Kong tweet Chinese state media and Tencent suspend broadcast of NBA preseason games in China Hmm so would the US ban anyone who supported something like the Texas succession movement? Or the California succession movement? Given that people like Ted Nugent are still allowed to perform concerts? Would they ban Chinese movies – let’s say those by Legendary Pictures (China owned) – because their owner said something on social media that Trump didn’t like? Keeping in mind – again – that thousands of anti-Trump tweets are being done by everyday Americans daily?

-now banning a TV Show because they mentioned Winnie the Pooh and the Dalai Llama. Would the US ban any show that made fun of Trump? Keeping in mind that every talk show in the US except Fox makes fun of Trump every day?

-China bans American social media sites, including Quora. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google, Instagram etc are all banned. Do you think Zhihu (Chinese Quora), Weibo, QQZone, iQiyi, Youku, Baidu etc are banned in America?

So Chinese like to think they are allowed to do whatever they want because the USA does it too, but we should probably look at whether or not that would actually be the case. Most likely they are trying to find ways to justify China’s bullying behavior.

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Asia

What do Chinese people misunderstand about America?

  • Americans != White people

almost 30% of Americans are not white. But whenever Chinese (or other Asians) think of ‘American’ they think of a ‘white’ person. You cannot generalize all Americans as this or that, since America is one of the most diverse countries in the world, even more so than China is.

  • Americans do not directly elect the President and they do not elect by popular vote. They elect their President using an archaic system called the United States Electoral College – Wikipedia which is quite different from any other democratic country. The Electoral College can in fact be quite undemocratic in that a minority of people (NOT the majority as in a democracy) can actually elect the President and this has indeed happened in 2016 with Clinton getting more votes but Trump becoming President. Furthermore, the votes for President are cast by electors, not by the people. The people merely decide who the electors *should* vote for, but in many cases like in 2016 the electors don’t actually vote for who they are supposed to vote for. It is more about who wins more states, not who wins more votes. So next time Chinese people want to talk about Trump being a result of the ‘failure of democracy’, it is incorrect because Americans did not directly elect Trump by popular vote, like in other countries.
  • Americans are not as nationalistic as Chinese think. In fact, more than half of Americans disapprove of the job President Trump is doing. How Popular Is Donald Trump? 54% disapprove of the President. Every mainstream news channel (except Fox News) and late night talk show constantly derides and mocks the President. This is in my opinion, one of the major differences between America and China. You will never hear about Chinese state media or a Chinese talk show mocking the President of China, Xi Jinping.
  • Americans are not ‘brainwashed’ by the media. In fact, the vast majority of Americans don’t even believe their own media. ‘Fake News’ Fears: 95% of Americans ‘Troubled’ by Current State of Media, Poll Finds
  • Not all Americans have an unfavorable view of China. Yes the number is higher now than before due to the trade war, but many Chinese believe that all Americans are brainwashed to hate China, and that’s just not true. In fact at one point (2006) the majority of Americans had favorable views of China. It is due to the recent trade war + increasing nationalism and hostility towards America from Chinese people themselves, that has caused this unfavorability to grow

  • Not all Americans own guns. There are a lot of guns in the US, but this is due to a large number of people owning multiple guns. What Percentage of Americans Own Guns? 30% of American adults own a gun. This is not a small number – but it also means 70% of American adults do not own a gun.
  • America != Western countries. Chinese people like to use America as a proxy for ALL Western countries, but it’s not true. All the above I just mentioned makes America quite different from Europe, or Canada, or Australia. I really dislike it when as a Canadian, our country gets grouped together with America as the same type of country, what a broad label and brush to apply to millions of people.

I just want to clear these things up. I see many Chinese people on Quora (obviously either overseas or using VPNs since Quora is not accessible in China) claiming that ‘Americans are like ___’ ‘America is ___’ American news is biased and brainwashes Americans to hate China etc. You cannot generalize Americans as this or that.

Yes there are a lot of questions on Quora that are basically trolling Chinese people or insulting China. You know what you should do? Ignore those trolls and move on. Don’t be a hypocrite and start insulting or generalizing Americans/America back. America is a very diverse country, that particularly prides itself on individualism, which means that everyone is going to be very different from one another and have very different opinions from one another. I don’t think its fair to take some online trolls as an example and extend it ALL Americans + ALL Westerners. That’s over a billion people on 3 continents (Australia is considered a Western country and is its own continent). That’s just ridiculous.

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Politics

What is wrong with a lot of Western media coverage of China?

First, let’s not make the sweeping generalization that American media is a proxy for Western media ok? The United States is a country that is considered by most Chinese to be a proxy for ALL Western countries, but its politics are actually quite different than the politics of Canada or Europe, and it tends to be a more right leaning conservative country that is run by corporations/military interests. Let’s get that out of the way, first ok? The question really should be rephrased to what is wrong with a lot of American media coverage of China?

American media titles often sensationalize – and this is not just talking about China but every topic in general – the media will often twist words around to make something seem more dramatic to get the viewers attention. Let’s not get the idea that American media is specifically out to get China – it’s out to get money. Money means you have to be sensationalist to get readers. PELOSI READY TO GET TRUMP IMPEACHED – might be a headline that you see amongst American media – even though that’s their own President!

China is not treated much differently than Russia, to America those are their geopolitical enemies so they have to report on the negatives there more than the positives – and it grabs headlines better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luTPMHC7zHY

Wow China is expanding its military presence in SE Asia!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMkHcZ5IwjU

Wow China has secret internment camps! how awful!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQyxG4vTyZ8

Look at that, China is taking over Hong Kong!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkLKDaZrgCc

Wow look what happens to Chinese when they speak out! they disappear!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXV0iO5h7t8

Look at that China is trying to take over the world with its trade plans!

See all these sensationalist videos? They’re meant to grab your attention about what China is doing and they are biased towards the negative. Are they totally fake? No, there are truths in the video, but they are presented in a very negatively biased way.

But in China, you would see the same negative videos about America as well, that they have a plan to take over the world, that they are infringing Chinese interests etc, since government knows that the narrative the media pushes is a way of controlling the people, that’s why they represent specific biases.

In China’s case, the state directly controls the media. In USA’s case, lobbyists and special interests control the media. Both have similar objectives which are to control the people into believing a certain narrative.

So back to the main question – is there anything wrong with American media coverage of China – and the answer is no, not really – the media is doing exactly its job. Which is to sway the people towards a certain narrative. There is no such thing as unbiased news. Every news outlet is biased towards some objective.

That said – this doesn’t mean that everyone is brainwashed by the media. Me for example, I rarely look at the media, I get most of my information from Wikipedia, a website that is one of the few thats accessible and editable by anyone in China or anywhere else.

A lot of Americans have shifted away from traditional cable and newspapers now and get their news from Facebook or Youtube. A lot of the most top voted pro-Chinese answers you’ll find on Quora for example, are actually written by Westerners.

People who have traveled more are generally more less likely to be ‘brainwashed’ as they have experienced the different countries and cultures firsthand themselves. This goes for both Americans and Chinese people, btw. Americans believe all Chinese things are poor quality or that they spy and kidnap their citizens – I’ve traveled to China so I know that’s not true. Chinese people believe all Koreans had plastic surgery or appropriate Chinese culture as theirs – again, I lived in Korea before so I know that it’s not true. Traveling is a good way to dispel ignorant notions.