China We — America I

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A look at collectivist China through the eyes of Individualistic America

Art mimics life. Or is it the other way around. One thing is for sure; when it comes to American individualism nothing describes it better than Hollywood.

Take the 1971 movie Big Jake, with John Wayne playing the title role. When his grandson gets kidnapped by John Fain’s gang, Big Jake goes into action. He packs his six-shooter and his trusty 30–30 Winchester, gets on his horse and heads out to rescue the boy. Needless to say he kills a lot of people and brings the boy back.

And what about Liam Neeson in Taken. Neeson plays ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills who sets out to rescue his kidnapped daughter from human traffickers, all by his lonesome. Do we even need to go into details? Neeson’s character Bryan Mills wipes everybody out and brings his daughter back safe and sound. Needless to say those savvy Hollywood types know what Americans like and filmed Taken 2. There is even talk of a Taken 3.

America loved the real Sargent York, who during WWI, with his army issued Springfield .30–06 carbine in hand, took hundreds of German soldiers as prisoners all by himself. But America loved the movie too, played by Garry Cooper in 1941. In real life, Sargent York exemplified American ingenuity, valor, and modesty. A true American hero portrayed in the movie that followed in a very compelling and realistic way.

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HOW DO CHINESE AND AMERICAN CULTURE COMPARE

A quick look at cultural dimensions and how they apply to both culture

While the Chinese and American governments consider themselves adversaries if not competitors in trade, political aspirations, as well as geopolitical positioning and posturing, amazingly Chinese and American people are able to forge strong friendships based on mutual respect. In fact of those people living in these two countries on both sides of the Pacific, it is the young that have the most positive or favorable view of the other country. This feeling is reflected in the number of Chinese students attending U.S. colleges and universities during the 2016 / 2017 school year which is estimated to surpass 350,000.

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