TOKYO – Hilary Clinton has spotted some evil spirits in the Pacific: China and Japan. Those nations, as most Americans are taught by US flagship media, are partly responsible for America’s economic decline.
Those East-Asians are “manipulating their currencies” in an attempt to undermine America’s natural greatness: “We need to crack down on currency manipulation — which can be destructive for American workers,” Hilary Clinton, a candidate-hopeful for the next US presidency (her husband, Bill Clinton, was a president, too), told her voters: “China, Japan and other Asian economies kept their goods artificially cheap for years by holding down the value of their currencies!” The Japan Times reports.[i]
BLAME THE ASIAN
That xenophobic, irresponsible attitude toward the Chinese isn’t new. Washington pushes for regime change in Beijing and the containment of cultural China. Carly Fiorina, who recently dropped out of the presidential race, blasted the Chinese for stealing American ideas and inventions.[ii] Donald Trump, when not all over Mexico and Islam, is all over China.[iii] In fact, it has become very fashionable to ‘Blame the Asian’ – from assertive Russia to the fanatic Middle East, from backward India to cunning Iran, from Communist China to slow-on-learning Japan. The Asians are not yet completely ‘Westernized’ – they are still tyrants and dictators, cheaters and human rights offenders, thieves and beggars – that keep US Imperial strategists awake at night. All those Eastern countries, one way or another, have to be “sorted out” by America.
SHAME THE ASIAN
This US colonial master narrative – some call it entitlement – on all things East-Asian is now almost universal: Here’s how the New York Times promotes violence in Hong Kong.[iv] Here’s how CNN shames Chinese students.[v] Here’s how the rising cult of China experts demonizes everything Chinese.[vi] Here’s how Western press soldiers “fabricate” useful dissidents and saviors for China.[vii] Here’s how our Science magazine keeps its publication literally ‘Chinese-free’.[viii] The list goes on. America simply has no plan B.
Maybe, just MAYBE, US sinophobia is not the solution to its economic problems, but is half the poison.
[i] The Japan Times, Clinton takes aim at forex policies of China, Japan, Feb. 24, 2016, Tokyo
[vi] Asia Times, The Rising Cult of China experts, Oct 23, 2014, Hong Kong
Thor Tukoll is a pen name of Thorsten J. Pattberg, a German writer and cultural critic. He is the author of The East-West Dichotomy, Shengren, and Inside Peking University.
2016 (c) Thor Tukoll
Image source: Hillary Clinton (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Umibozo/Seamonk (Hyakumonogatari.com)