Wednesday, June 20, 2007

China's Pirates editing illustrates differences with West

While the US government shows its disdain for the bulk of its own citizenry, the Chinese government attempts to prevent any perceived slander against its own:

Censors have cut scenes of Chow Yun-Fat as a bald, scared pirate in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, saying they insult China's people, the main state news agency said Friday.

Xinhua said Chow's time on the screen in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End had “been slashed in half by censors in China for vilifying and defacing the Chinese.”

The version of the Hollywood blockbuster released in China earlier this week shows only about 10 minutes of Chow's scenes compared with 20 minutes in the version seen in the rest of the world, it said.

Chow Yun-Fat's role as Sao Feng in the movie hardly constitutes a becoming portrayal of a Chinaman. The CPC's censorship may seem petty, but it illustrates an important distinction between the rising East and the declining West. The Han are proud of who they are, to the point of sustaining major tension with Japan over its honoring of a Japanese WWII monument. By contrast, in the self-loathing West, the US haggling with Vietnam over what it owes for using Agent Orange during the Vietnam war and censuring itself for its treatment of enemy combatants.

That distinction is buoyed by a belief in white culpability in the states and Euorpe and a belief in Han superiority on the Chinese side. The former is a familiar theme, while the latter is less well-known.

White 'nationalism' is and will continue to be on the upswing in the future due to increased third-world immigration and a corresponding growth in race-based politics, affirmative action policies, and wealth-transferring entitlement programs (all of which will be detrimental to the average white Westerner). But this will correspond with an increase in the growth of race-consciousness among Hispanics, blacks, Asians, Arabs, and other minorities in the West. The resulting internecine squabbling will increasingly lead to paralysis at the national level where foreign policy decisions are made.

Han nationalism will remain strong for decades into the future, as China's continued stellar rise puts it at odds with other nations over environmental, economic, and geographic concerns. But with a population that is over 90% Han and a deep mistrust of foreigners, China will not see the same level of internal conflict.

Coupled with an ever-expanding trade deficit and an increasingly sensescent, top-heavy demographic trending in the West, China's rise is a pretty sure bet.

1 comment:

MensaRefugee said...

Good for them.
'Model Minorities' are considered much lower than they deserve by american culture. If American culture treated blacks a fraction of what they deserve vs the chinese, it would be a 'human rights' catastrophe.