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The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture by Bo Yang
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Apr 14, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: philosophy-psychology
Read in April, 2008

an interesting and hilarious exposure of the dark side of the Chinese civilization from an insider. comparing with the works by Lu Tun, nothing much seems to have changed in the Chinese way of thinking. Bo Yang blames the current situation on the very long history of Confucianism and its incompatibility with competition, commerce, innovation, and change of the status quo. consequently, the Chinese are:
1, intolerant of criticism (Bo Yang was imprisoned 9 years for writing these things)
2, constantly jealous of others' success
3, curious but not inquisitive
4, intuitive but irrational
5, subjugated, fearful, suspicious and antagonistic
6, selfish, devoid of real or deep emotions, hypocritical
etc.
the most interesting part is when other apologists dismiss Bo Yang's criticism and denounce him as a traitor, a Western xenophile, and unpatriotic. i guess it's true to a certain extent, considering Vietnam is very Chinese in many ways.
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