China Beat: The Chinese Professor & Chinese Misconceptions

Posted in Uncategorized on January 13th, 2011 by amodernselkie

While looking around The China Beat, I found an article about an interesting video I’d seen posted all over facebook and twitter a while back. The premise of the spot, created by Citizens Against Government Waste, was about how in the year 2030, China would be in control of the USA, because of how poorly the USA dealt with the recession. I had felt very conflicted when I saw the original video, so was intrigued when I saw that China Beat had addressed the issues presented by the video.

The article went to great lengths to lay out modern American fears of China. China Beat cites multiple articles from several major news sources discussing America’s distrust of China. What the article really brought home, though (something I myself had not noticed) was that there were multiple, very angry citations of China in the semi-recent political elections. Specifically, the article cites Zack Space of Ohio, who approved this video. The video accuses Zack Space’s opponent, Bob Gibbs, of working in the interest of China instead of in the interest of Ohio workers. And the video pulls on all of the fears outlined previously in the article. The fear of ‘the other’, of a large, homogeneous, powerful, and above all industrial country is plugged incessantly in both videos.

As a reader, I appreciated the multiple sources cited giving opinions on the piece. Jottings from the Granite Studio very thoroughly put down the video, but China Beat said that this does not knock the video’s worth. The implication seemed to be, “As foolish as this video is, is it important for exactly that reason.” I enjoyed reading this article because it provided so many trails to follow in analyzing the video, and that it tried so adamantly to point out the occurrences of the “China As Other” trope so popular in the USA. After reading the articles and following all of the links, I now feel that I have a much better understanding of where this video comes from. Moreover, I think this article does a good job of trying to move the discussion of Modern China beyond the rhetoric of the ‘terrifying, industrial other.’

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