Foreign_influence_on_Chinese_society_in_1900-1 - Foreign influence on Chinese society in 1900s The invasion of Western culture and economic system

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Foreign influence on Chinese society in 1900’s The invasion of Western culture and economic system doomed the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in the early 20 th century. After the Qing’s defeat by British in the Opium Wars and by Japanese in the Sino-Japanese War, the Qing government basically lost its power in controlling the original economic system based on the agriculture. Factories settled by foreigners not only paralyzed the Qing’s self-feeding economics system, but also instigated the social mobility among many Chinese. In some big ports like Shanghai, foreigners created various jobs in their enterprises and significantly enriched Chinese vocational options. Seeing the substantial new-born opportunities, a large portion of Chinese farmers left their land and worked in big cities where most Chinese unconsciously assimilated part of Western culture and abandoned the old Confucian doctrines. Consequently, as more and more Chinese people owned the new perspectives,

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