I am sure many people have seen the Dream Works animation film Kung Fu Panda produced in 2008. Later in 2011, the famous online game World of Warcraft released its latest game expansion – Mist of Pandaria.
Speaking of the Panda, it is like the representative of China. With the media presenting such a panda image to the world, I would suggest maybe apart from the Horde and the Alliance(the two main parties against each other in World of Warcraft), there’s now a neutral, the third party that the world should pay attention to.
‘Why do we fight? To protect our home and family. To preserve balance and bring harmony.’
This sounds like a proper statement for Chinese culture. I would say, indeed, the only reason the Chinese will fight, might merely because we are keeping the world in a balance. I can see how Chinese way of thinking (staying neutral, keeping balance) is now broadcasting internationally via various media productions.
And there’s several reasons that the Panda is now on the stage of the world:
Firstly, China is getting more attention from the developed world. As this growing nation starts to show potentially strong purchasing power, the Western society and its media cannot ignore this anymore. The financial crisis occurred in western countries give China a great chance to announce to the globe that, maybe, there’s a new growing economy from the far east would become the new superpower.
Secondly, unlike the previous ‘Red Terror’, the Western media is now gradually changing its attitude towards China. They need to sell products to China, and not like the way it used to be, by westernising people’s lifestyle in China, they need to sell their products in a better way. Part of the James Bond Skyfall story was happening in Shanghai and Macao. I would say that’s a nice gesture to say hello to the audiences in China.
The third thing is, considering being ‘mysterious’, China is saying hello back. Western media has been talking about China for years, but they never really get to know much about this country and this culture. That’s also partly because of the Chinese government have been very sophisticated in international occasions. Regardless the conflicts and problems within the country – come on, every country has its own unrest – a positive Chinese wisdom is now being introduced and more importantly, being accepted by the world.
Chinese culture, in general, is a very tolerant culture. Due to the diversity within it, Chinese people are very open-minded to new ideas really, just look at how easily we being westernised. We don’t joke around, but we laugh at jokes. But be aware, no one can take things or advantages from someone all the time. I remember I told a friend of mine, China is like the US but we have a much longer and diverse history. Instead of talking about the diversity all the time, or maybe being aggressive to other diversities, China reacts more calmly than people would expect. China don’t provoke issues, but ‘the government don’t guarantee non-violence’, oh how sophisticated.
I guess that’s why the rest of the world is so excited to see what China is like, but meanwhile still afraid of such unknown. But after a long time of being westernised, maybe it’s time for the world getting easternised, just as well said ‘to preserve balance and bring harmony’.