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The future and more from Richard Sprague

Posted by sprague on July 10, 2012

Chinese students abroad today tend to have a “more nuanced” view of American style capitalism and democracy than they did in the 1980s, says Prof Daniel Bell, at Tsinghua University – a professor of philosophy from Canada who has spent many years in China and is close to New Left thinkers. He says the invasion of Iraq, and the financial crash, have strengthened the hand of China’s New Left: “Iraq… led to fairly extreme cynical views not just among intellectuals but I think also among ordinary citizens,” he says.

The scholars labeleld New Left often reject the notion that China should follow a similar path to the West as it develops. The Palestinian-American historian Edward Said – and his criticism of “Orientalism,” the way the history of the East and its people was presented to serve the interests of the colonial West – has been influential.


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