R.Zhao week 2 post

People can be divided in different group by their races, history, language, region and interest. Like mathematical elements,these group can be inclusive and exclusive. However, people can be conflict under upper layer.

A typical example is about Mainland China and Taiwan. People in these two regions look very similar from inside to outside. However, they also have a lot of conflict. They are defiantly belongs to Asian race. From the history aspect, they share the same ancestor. They both claim that they heritage of Chinese culture. They have exactly same eating habitat and festival. More important, Mainland China and Taiwan used to belong to a same country without a doubt. At this time, the conflict between them has raise up. For some political reason, people from Mainland China and Taiwan gradually goes apart. They became antithesis. Different political system is the key of conflict. Some people of Taiwanese want to be a independent country.

Many people mention the conflict in different races in the same country. I want to make a supplement of conflict occurs in same races from different region—it is know as Geographical discrimination. China has 34 provinces with huge gap in economy development and difference in life style. Difference born conflict. The common impression of shanghai people is rich, picky and xenophobic. The common misunderstanding of people in Henan province is cunning and cheater.

2 thoughts on “R.Zhao week 2 post

  1. The argument that difference fosters conflicts is a very insightful one. Zhao manifested this by using two examples relating to Chinese culture: the political division between Mainland China and Taiwan, and the Geographical discrimination.
    The division between Mainland China and Taiwan is more of a historical problem and political issue than a cultural difference. Zhao acknowledged that the two used to belong to the same country, and it was only after the 1949’s war that the two got divided. However, I think he failed to recognize that the problem is rooted in geography. Due to its distance from the capital (Beijing is an inland city in the upper north while Taiwan is an island in the far south), Taiwan has been treated as an accessory since Qing Dynasty. In the war between Qing Government and Japan in 1898, Taiwan was “given” to Japan as a punishment, and that seems to me is the origin of the division.

  2. The argument that difference fosters conflicts is a very insightful one. Zhao manifested this by using two examples relating to Chinese culture: the political division between Mainland China and Taiwan, and the Geographical discrimination.
    The division between Mainland China and Taiwan is more of a historical problem and political issue than a cultural difference. Zhao acknowledged that the two used to belong to the same country, and it was only after the 1949’s war that the two got divided. However, I think he failed to recognise that the problem is rooted in geography. Due to its distance from the capital (Beijing is an inland city in the upper north while Taiwan is an island in the far south), Taiwan has been treated as an accessory since Qing Dynasty. In the war between Qing Government and Japan in 1898, Taiwan was “given” to Japan as a punishment, and that seems to me is the origin of the division.

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