[quote=“cornelldesi”]Where exactly do you get the idea that the Chinese gov’t is at fault only? I think the world’s preconceived notions are at fault here.
And yes, if most ppl say America, they mean White. As an American I don’t feel it, but there are plenty of ppl worldwide - in France, S.Korea, and Taiwan who do.
These preconceived notions are brought about by false images and information that we only see through media. Yes, most of the images we have of China consist of Han Chinese, but I’m glad in Taiwan there are shows where they actually Chinese who are NOT ethnically Han in the Xinjiang province, Tibet, etc. Sorry to say, but most of the Taiwanese ppl here still have the image that America is pretty much a White country.[/quote]
it isn’t just chinese government, but chinese people who have accepted/accustomed to calling only ethnic chinese chinese. just like japanese will call japanese japanese, but not 3rd or 4th generation koreans/chinese born in japan japanese, and hell they look the same with black hair, brown eyes. and even though there are minorities in china, they are maybe 2%. and chinese don’t call them chinese. they call them minorities or by their ‘tribe name’. even the Hakka are seen as outsiders (they’re kinda treated until recently as gypsies)
the difference with america i think concerns 2 factors at least. one is america is an immigrant society. historically, most of the immigrants to us have been european. china has never been. chinese identity is therefore more easily based on ethnicity, and chinese culture reinforces that. until massive numbers of africans, europeans, middle easternites, etc come flocking to china, that identity problem seen in the new world, and now to some extent in europe, will not surface.
second, as you say, is perception, by people outside america, by americans, by media about what constitutes “american”. in some respects, it is white, because historically, blacks, latinos, asians, and irish (yes, the irish were once treated no better than blacks and asians) have been marginalized. they’ve been the workers, builders, field hands. while the english, mostly, have been the landholders, the wielders of power and wealth of america.
more at eleven.