Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mr. Obama Goes To Shanghai

US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to China has raised questions about perceptions of race (specifically, those of African descent, who have migrated to China over the last few years in increasing numbers), along with questions about the nation's own identity and national borders - to the point of Chinese officials comparing the Tibetan independence issue to the American Civil War. This is not the first time this comparison has been made.

The Washington Times article also makes a good point

"Along with India and Indonesia, China is one of a handful of vast, multiethnic nations that follow the contours of fallen empires. Because of their size and history, all three nations grapple with the same issues: border disputes, ethno-nationalism, occasionally violent movements by disaffected ethnic or religious minorities."

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