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Unformatted text preview: China’s Distrust of Democracy American Democracy
Democracy is a method for making political decisions; it is what makes the
country distinguished, powerful and is the basis for American success.
Democracy implies a government of the people, by the people, and for the
people. It is true that Democratic decision-making in a large, complex society can be a
messy, grueling, and time-consuming process, but in the end, a government
resting upon the approval of the governed, can voice their freedom of speech
and act with confidence and authority, unlike the system in China whose
power is based on an unelected party system that does not voice concern or
ideas for change.
According to Rubin,” While the United States is promoting democracy as the
best global political model, China is holding up a competitive theory to the
world.” Va lue s a nd No rm s
Va Most people in mainland China are more
concerned about getting rich than getting the
vote, causing tension that will require more
popular participation in the system and
development of rule of law.
People will choose stability and growth over
messy democracy that could lead to chaos.
The citizens value prosperity more than
advancement, but without a stable government,
progression will not be properly maintained. Hong Kong’s Viewpoint • 60 percent of Hong Kong’s 6.7 million residents favor a direct vote for their government, with its educated middleclass population familiar with democratic beliefs. • Hong Kong Chief Executive, Donald Tsang says, “Stability and prosperity are more important than democracy to Hong Kong resident.” Lee adds, “Control is in their blood.”
• Hong Kong could have mentored Chinese counterparts on how to gradually introduce democratic and legal systems.
• Hong Kong’s Basic Law provides for “one country, two systems” allowing it more freedoms than the rest of China. Cross-Cultural Analysis
• Confusion was the initial reaction to the article because most of the group was unaware of China’s political issues and their view on democracy. • The nonmaterial culture of the influence of democracy on China produced this reaction.
• Additional elements of culture identified included norms and values, consisting of prosperity, growth, money, and stability, which are more important to them than democracy. Continued Analysis
□ A feature of the many cultural worlds that we recognized was value contradiction, because residents of China value prosperity, but distrust democracy, which is essential for control and growth.
□ We could identify present, past, and future from the specific cultural language in the event that for the first time prodemocracy lawmakers have been allowed into China for a decade, which changes what happened in the past. Final Analysis
The authors task in writing the article was to collect data
and produce information to make others aware of the
distrust that China has toward democracy.
We could also identify social structure, social patterns,
and globalization for the general structure in the fact that
citizens choose stability and growth over a “messy”
Sociological concepts, theories or perspectives deployed
often included values, norms, social patterns and
structures, non-material culture, and sociological
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- Spring '11