China's America: The Chinese View the United States, by Jing Li

By Jing Li

One of the pinnacle 25 striking educational Titles for 2011 chosen through the alternative journal, this is a desirable examine chinese language perceptions of the us and the cultural and political heritage that informs them. 

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This became an important component in Sun’s doctrine on people’s livelihood. 36 With programs such 22 / China’s America as this, according to Sun, China would be able to industrialize and still avoid the evils that ailed Western society. Not coincidently, policies like this would also make the struggle for freedom in China a “moral” cause that appealed to the majority of the Chinese people. Sun’s critical view of the economic inequality in America was not the only factor that turned him away from the United States.

Sun Yat-sen’s “People’s Livelihood” and Roosevelt’s “Freedom from Want” pointed to economic democracy. Tao’s own campaign for Commoners’ Education and the legacy of China’s New Culture Movement would provide cultural and social democracy. To complete the scheme, Tao recommended Woodrow Wilson’s self-determination and Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s nationalism as ways to achieve democracy among countries of the world. 99 In 1945, Tao fell seriously ill. A few months before his death, Tao sent Dewey a letter in which he criticized the United States for its continued support of Chiang Kai-shek in the looming civil war in China.

Having taken part in the creation of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921, Mao, now a ranking official in the Nationalist-Communist coalition led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, operated as a sharp propagandist and successful peasant organizer in Chinese countryside. Under the overall title “The People’s Movement,” Mao edited a series of readings for the masses. 61 After the Nationalist-Communist split in 1927, Mao took his fight to rural China. His lack of international exposure and connections now became a political asset rather than liability, as he was better prepared than any other Chinese Communist leaders to draw support from the largest social group in China, the peasants.

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