d****, it's really ridiculous to say Chinese are uncreative or not influential with their works
I don't even have to name these for y'all to know what they are. (and the third image will make sense when you read this post)
In context, it is bashing the culture within an article that doesn't aim to be racist, but is just ignorant at points, or lacks respect.
The article's from an Indian guy? Well, maybe he's letting nationalistic feelings get in his way. And it's only on a website, so no formal publication
The accusation of Chinese being uncreative is one of the big old stereotypes, so ingrained that even some Asians are lead to believe it
Like for example, 1700's French enlightenment era writer Voltaire once wrote:
There reigns in Asia a servile spirit, which they have never been able to shake off, and it is impossible to find in all the histories of that country a single passage which discovers a freedom of spirit; we shall never see anything there but the excess of slavery.
It's pretty hard to shake off ignorance. Outright racism, yeah, that's easier to spot. Ignorance just seeps in here and there. Or people just don't care if there's no great social pressure to care. Some people are so sure that they are unbiased liberal minded people that they would rather argue "of course I'm not a racist!" and attack the 'accuser'. For example: a very popular radio show, Don & Mike, defended the use of chinese on air, and then made fun of the caller who complained with engrish accents. Like say, if the radio show said Black instead, no way they would be on the air today.
I think people tend to learn specific 'rules' (ex: 'it is wrong to call someone Black') than 'values' (it is wrong to slur people by ethnicity)
Seeing how black culture and such is handled in America is an interesting analogy, best documented and most successful civil rights movement involving race I'd say. Though maybe non Americans don't relate to it as much.
also, lots of Chinese things are better known as being Japanese.
Like sayin' tofu instead of 'doh fu'
Or, to the frustration of our Arms and Armor posters, the technique of differential heat treatment for sword making
or simply marketing. Related to what I just said, Japan in the last 100 years has had more open contact with the west than China. Tons of little American kids know Guan Yu from the Koei Playstation 2 game Dynasty Warriors.
though I'd say the BIGGEST area Chinese creativity shines in, and has influenced the world, is fight choreography in cinema. It's in our culture, wuxia novels, martial arts. Kung Fu movies were a big import in the 70's and changed the face of Hollywood action. Japan's Manga and Anime, famous for its action is also influenced by Chinese artists.
Chinese fight choreographers are pretty much the best in the world. Look at the Matrix, check when the credits roll, who did the fight choreography
Edited by TMPikachu, 04 January 2008 - 05:18 AM.
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