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Culture Clash in the Middle Kingdom

For centuries, people viewed the world in terms of West and East - different spheres, even different planets, too culturally distant to reconcile. But is that really true?

As of 2021, it can look that way. After years of political strife, relations between the United States and China - the leaders of those different spheres - are as bad as they've ever been. Even the citizens of these countries don't trust each other. Is this really destiny after all, or just a matter of simple understanding? And can we mend this gap that divides us?

Additional Material

A Crisis of Harmony on the Blog

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Source List

MUSIC
 

"The Lagoon" by Alexander Nakarata

"Emotional Blockbuster 2" by Rafael Cruz

"Recording of Chinese Folk Music and Drama at Peiking (Vol. I)"
https://archive.org/details/dni.ncaa.RS-418-AC/RS-418-AC_SIDE_A.mp3

"Happy Ukelele" by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com

"Adagio in C" by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com

"Comic Game Loop - Mischief" by Kevin MacLeod

"Black Tar On An Angels Hands" by Smiling Cynic

"The Green Concert" by Antony Raijekov

"City Sunshine" by Kevin MacLeod

STILLS

"Silk route" by pinimg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Silk_route.png

"Beijing, China: Gate of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City," Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Beijing_China_Forbidden-City-02.jpg

"The First Opium War," Massachusetts Institute of Technology © 2010 Visualizing Cultures
https://visualizingcultures.mit.edu/opium_wars_01/ow1_gallery/pages/1842_July1_ChinKeangFoo_wp.htm

"Are US universities choosing rich Chinese students over Asian Americans?," Quartz
https://qz.com/203273/are-us-universities-are-choosing-rich-chinese-students-over-asian-americans/

"How The U.S. Compares With Other Countries In Deaths From Gun Violence," NPR
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/08/05/743579605/how-the-u-s-compares-to-other-countries-in-deaths-from-gun-violence

"A Detailed Map of Who Is Wearing Masks in the U.S.," New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/17/upshot/coronavirus-face-mask-map.html

"US coronavirus death toll eclipses 400,000 as Biden prepares to take office," ABC News
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/us-coronavirus-death-toll-eclipses-400000-biden-prepares/story?id=75325668

True Detective, August 1930
https://pulpcovers.com/tong-war-1930/

TIME Magazine, August 31st, 1987

"DSC_0265F" by U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/8146e603-c30a-41cc-a20b-4e4add9f658b

"Chinese New Year London" by Paolo Camera
https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/55efc2f8-193d-42b0-a39f-c7ccaac7d42c

"Cultural spheres world" by PoliticalMapsOfTheWorld
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cultural_Spheres_world.png

"_MG_4119" by Philip McMaster PeacePlusOne_\!/
https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/e9d872bf-f2ab-4cc0-bbcc-9f343710c7de

VIDEO

"Motion Particle Flag Loop China," Videvo
https://www.videvo.net/video/motion-particle-flag-loop-china/393624/

"Swift as the Wind," Dynasty Warriors 7

"Trump calls coronavirus 'the Chinese virus'," Los Angeles Times

The Lead with Jake Tapper, March 20, 2020

https://haokan.baidu.com/v?vid=10587365170851619423&pd=bjh&fr=bjhauthor&type=video

"COVID-19: Danish farmers protest government's mink slaughter policy," Euronews
https://www.euronews.com/2020/11/21/coronavirus-danish-farmers-demonstrate-against-government-s-mink-slaughter-policy

"State Legislatures and the China Challenge."
https://2017-2021.state.gov/state-legislatures-and-the-china-challenge/index.html

"U.S. States and the China Competition"
https://2017-2021.state.gov/u-s-states-and-the-china-competition/index.html

"Secretary Michael R. Pompeo with Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe"
https://2017-2021.state.gov/secretary-michael-r-pompeo-with-atlantic-council-president-and-ceo-frederick-kempe/index.html

SOURCES

"Americans Fault China for Its Role in the Spread of COVID-19," Pew Research
https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2020/07/30/americans-fault-china-for-its-role-in-the-spread-of-covid-19/

"What Do Chinese People Think of Developed Countries?," The Diplomat
https://thediplomat.com/2020/12/what-do-chinese-people-think-of-developed-countries/

"A Comparative Look at Chinese and American Stereotypes: A focus group Study" by Lin Zhu Journal of Intercultural Communication, ISSN 1404-1634, issue 42, November 2016
https://www.immi.se/intercultural/nr42/zhu.html

"International Migrant Stock 2019," United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2019)
https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/migration/data/estimates2/data/UN_MigrantStockTotal_2019.xlsx

"Chinese Attitudes Toward Immigrants: Emerging, Divided Views," The Diplomat
https://thediplomat.com/2020/12/chinese-attitudes-toward-immigrants-emerging-divided-views/

"Number of college and university students from China in the United States from academic year 2008/09 to 2018/19," Statista
https://www.statista.com/statistics/372900/number-of-chinese-students-that-study-in-the-us/

"Number of international students studying in the United States in 2019/20, by country of origin," Statista
https://www.statista.com/statistics/233880/international-students-in-the-us-by-country-of-origin/

Pew Global Indicators Database
https://www.pewresearch.org/global/database/indicator/1/

"Growing Concerns in China about Inequality, Corruption," Pew Research
https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2012/10/16/chapter-2-china-and-the-world/

"Huawei CFO: US case against Meng Wanzhou revealed," CNN
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/07/tech/huawei-cfo-us-case/index.html

"Chicago murder sparks shock and anger at home and among Chinese students overseas," South China Morning Post
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3118031/chicago-murder-sparks-shock-and-anger-home-and-among-chinese-students

"U.S. Views of China Plunge During Corona Crisis," RealClearPolitics
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/04/23/us_views_of_china_plunge_during_corona_crisis.html

"Asian Americans report over 650 racist acts over last week, new data says," NBC News
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/asian-americans-report-nearly-500-racist-acts-over-last-week-n1169821

"Denmark shaken by cull of millions of mink," BBC
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54890229

"Einstein's travel diaries reveal 'shocking' xenophobia," The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jun/12/einsteins-travel-diaries-reveal-shocking-xenophobia

"The Chinese Value Survey: An interpretation of valuescales and consideration of some preliminary results" by Barbara Marshall Matthews, International Education Journal Vol 1, No 2, 2000
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.580.7917&rep=rep1&type=pdf