Hello my dear readers, it’s been a while since my last post. I was busy finding my way within China and been thinking about what to bring to you from my view to help you understand more about the place I come from.
When over looking Chinese media and politics, it is not hard to find the word ‘revolution’. In fact, it is everywhere. But as I argued so many times with my international friends, that China’s political system is not that ‘communist’ but becoming more ‘market directed’, the Chinese so called ‘revolution’ never seem to get out of sight. With such determination on ‘revolutionising’ the society, China has never been so keen on its international presence.
I was watching a TV programme at Phoenix TV about China’s diplomatic policy and how other neighbouring countries perceive China. This country is now bringing more attention than ever to the world and at some point it is enjoying the attention, which is distinctively different from how it used to react. The reason for China’s higher profile is no doubt related to its economy, however, having such subversive shift resulted in imbalanced value making modern China a bit blunder/fickle place where people have low self-esteem toward themselves.
Why low self-esteem? It is like a child once not good at drawing but now he’s got nice colour pencil and more practiced, then he just can’t wait to show off his fantastic drawings. All the pride flowing around Chinese media saying ‘China is a strong country’ and other propaganda, from what I see, is a result of lack of confidence. When the TV presenter asked former government general secretary of Malaysia, who is a third generation of Chinese immigrant in Southeast Asia, ‘why Chinese should adopt to Western concepts of speaking in a low voice in the public when traditionally, we speak loud?’ The person (can’t remember his name) answered, ‘Chinese logic is very forceful which I don’t quite understand anymore. Understanding each other is important, but what about being nice and kind?’
Worth noticing I always say, that China’s pride is very similar to American pride, but under the name of ‘revolution’, as if we don’t keep this ‘revolution-al’ mind for the next century, we would waste the fruit of taking down the Chinese emperor. Interestingly, BBC’s survey reflected a decline of China’s image among other people’s mind despite its economic growth. The speaker in the TV programme suggested that maybe China could find a way to be strong but less aggressive, or strike a balance knowing when to show its strong side, and when to show its gentle side.
It is always easier said than done, especially when China is now facing the problem of adjusting its own value within this society. China is a child learnt to run before walking, and now it needs to slow down and learn to walk, also dealing with the fact that no one can keep running forever. How should China keep ‘revolutionising’? And what exactly the revolutionary result should be? As younger generation, I would suggest to my parents that they should not expect a revolutionary change in my life compare to theirs. Because what China has progressed in the last century is enormous, which we should be grateful for, but can never take such change for granted.