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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 Most 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 People messy democracy that could lead to chaos. The citizens value prosperity more than The 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 Final The authors task in writing the article was to collect data The and produce information to make others aware of the distrust that China has toward democracy. distrust We could also identify social structure, social patterns, We and globalization for the general structure in the fact that citizens choose stability and growth over a “messy” democracy. Sociological concepts, theories or perspectives deployed often included values, norms, social patterns and structures, non-material culture, and sociological perspectives. ...
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