Foreign imperialism in China A depiction of Europeans and Japanese strangling Chinese nationalism Foreign imperialism in China was a critical cause of revolutionary sentiment. European interest in dates back to Marco Polo, the Venetian explorer who completed two expeditions to China in the late s and published a widely read account of his voyages. Over the next three centuries Britain, France, Spain, Holland and Portugal all established colonies and trade links in Asia.
Soft power push By the end of there were already Confucius Institutes and smaller Confucius Classrooms across countries. Given that the first Confucius Institute was founded in in South China s imperalism, this is nothing short of a cultural "Great Leap Forward" targeted at foreigners.
The elements of Chinese soft power frequently cited by foreigners when asked about their views of China include the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, pandas, Kung Fu, and the Peking Opera.
With the exception of pandas, however, they are all cultural products of ancient China. What China really lacks is not culture per se, but modern culture that can easily resonate with people around the world Instead of promoting the controversial Confucius Institutes that are interpreted by some as a sign of cultural colonialism by a rising China, the Chinese government would be better off attracting foreigners to China through scholarships, research grants, and cultural products.
What would Confucius say? Confucianism was the ruling ideology of China for the better part of Chinese history until It comprises a set of values, norms, and practices that derive primarily from the teachings of Confucius, a philosopher-teacher who lived from to BC.
While Confucianism has much to say about nearly every aspect of Chinese society, it does not advocate aggressively spreading Chinese culture outside the Middle Kingdom. Instead, at least from my perspective, it exhorts Chinese emperors to make China a "city on the hill" -- a shining example of advanced culture for other people to admire and emulate.
Besides, there is hardly anything in Confucianism that is both uniquely Chinese and universally appealing. In fact, some of the core elements of Confucianism -- such as the priority of the state over the individual, hierarchical society, and deference to authority -- are obviously at odds with the dominant trends of the contemporary world.
As a result, Confucianism was marginalized in Chinese discourse, only to be revived and promoted by Chinese leaders in the past decade. Such cultural modernization includes not only more appealing cultural products and business innovations, but also fundamental reforms in the Chinese body politic.
To paraphrase the wise words of Confucius, perhaps Chinese leaders should worry less about having little soft power abroad and more about building up a prosperous, free, and just society at home.In the s China simultaneously experiences major internal strains and Western imperialist pressure, backed by military might which China cannot match.
China’s position in the world and self-image is reversed in a mere year period (c.a. ) from leading civilization to . Oct 21, · China's government has been accused of a worldwide ideological campaign through its Confucius Institutes. China’s last dynasty collapsed only a decade later in the Xinhai revolution of European imperial behavior over the course of the 19th century affects China’s national historiography to this day.
Responses to “China’s Long View: European Imperialism in . The primary motive of British imperialism in China in the nineteenth century was economic. There was a high demand for Chinese tea, silk and porcelain in the British market.
However, Britain did not possess sufficient silver to trade with the Qing Empire. The first fact is that European imperialism in the course of the 19th century – over less than three-quarters of a century – ended up destroying imperial China, a system of government with a continuing political personality spanning some 2, years.
Chinese imperialism. Jump to navigation Jump to search. In ancient Chinese political while in other cases foreign states merely acknowledged China's nominal suzerainty in order to gain access to Chinese trade, which took place through the tributary system.