Chinese collectivist thinking

Chinese collectivist thinking

Chinese collectivist thinking values the group over the individual, the family over its individual members, the honor of the family over the life of the daughter as in honor killing, and preference for boys over girls since boys are family heirs while girls are married off with dowry.  The thinking is holistic, collectivist, focusing on the whole context and the relationships, rather than individualist.

This is also why Western science focuses on answering the question “”Why?” while Chinese science focuses on observing “How?” regardless of “why”.

Politically, this collectivist thinking underlies the “one China principle”, and anti-separatism used against the Dalai Lama, the Hong Kong independence advocates and the Taiwan independence advocates, and territorial integrity of the South China Sea that the Chinese Communist regime so adamantly insists on upholding.

This collectivist thinking also underlies a general insensitivity towards individual freedoms, human rights, and democracy itself.

One example of this general insensitivity towards democracy itself is the way President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party government governs.  Since May 20, 2016, her inauguration day, government policies and their implementation have been by edict from President Tsai Ing-wen personally.  Democratic process has been completely ignored, bypassed, and shutout.

While Kuomintang’s high ranking party officials have visited the hunger strikers, no Democratic Progressive Party legislators nor officials nor President Tsai Ing-wen herself have expressed any concern for them, and none of them have shown any interest in listening to the hunger strikers’ pleas.  President Tsai Ing-wen and her government officials are dismissing them and ignoring them completely.  That is why President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party government are being described as coldhearted, vicious, vile, and cruel.

 

 

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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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