March 13th, 2009
|12:50 am - [Fanart] Canada & China|
Fandom: AP Hetalia
Character(s) or Pairing(s): Canada and China
Summary: Wanted to draw the two countries that represent me, China where I was born and Canada where I've lived for most of my life :)
I really enjoyed drawing this since both these countries are very dear to me. It's also my first time drawing Canada, he's so adorable as is Kumajirou *squishes*(I took a guess that Kumajirou's a polar bear, but I think I've seen other people draw him as a grizzly, so if I got it wrong let me know :3). In my perfect world they hold hands while skipping down ths street while being watched over by their guardian bears, lol.
Anyway, hope you all like :D CC always welcome~
Which country are you from/in?
A lot of the issues/spats between China and Western countries (usually it's the Western countries I find) are from misunderstandings or just either side refusing to just accept that the other side does things differently/want different things/have different standards/etc.
China doesn't like other countries telling it what it can and cannot do, especially within its own borders. That's problematic in the eyes of a lot of countries who like to push China's buttons over it, and then when China reacts by telling them to back off it's "China's feelings are hurt again~". Feels like kids bickering on the playground sometimes.
Right now it's "hurt the feelings", but yeah, countries that want to cross China in the future need to start finding more...tactful ways of doing so because the 80's and later generations of Chinese are more likely to be angered rather than hurt when it comes to this stuff (recently it's been shifting to annoyance and exasperation...we'll see how it evolves in the future, lol). Aside from during the time when Pierre Trudeau was PM, Canada generally likes following the US when dealing with China (understandable considering we really don't want to piss off our almighty southern neighbour), so when the US ruffles China's feathers, Canada gets lumped in there. Canada's ideologies are much more similar to the USA's and the Western countries, so it's pretty inevitable the two sides would clash over the usual handful of issues.
Edited at 2009-03-13 06:42 am (UTC)
I don't pay too much attention to the extremists, on either side. They contribute only negatively to further widen the gap of misunderstandings instead of helping to facilitate communication between the two sides. Personally I lack the time to deal with such immaturity.
I know many of the younger Chinese generation are very nationalistic, though I loath to use the word since the equivalent in Chinese, "ai guo/爱国", is a fairly positive term whereas nationalism has certain negative connotations in English (I think patriotism translates the term from Chinese to English better..as for nationalism I honestly can't think of a Chinese equivalent that would transfer the over the meaning entirely). Some take it a step too far, but I find even if they act within the acceptable perimeters of patriotism by Chinese standards, by the standard tolerated as acceptable here it is already going into the extremes of nationalism.
There's a lot of these gaps between countries, especially countries as different as China and Canada (or other countries considered as "the West"). It can make trying to understand both sides quite a tedious process.
That depends. Some would argue that it's better for people to keep to their roots, while others would point out as you did that it can cause problems. It's always a major debate in Canada over this due to Canada's multicultural society. Usually I go by the philosophy that it's the freedom of immigrants to choose whether they wish to 他们因该入乡随俗 or not so long as they do not act in ways which break the laws of their new country of inhabitancy. At the same time, it's the freedom of the native inhabitants to voice their disapproval should they find the new immigrants to be behaving in ways that are inconsistent or perceived abnormal in the area. The ideal situations would be that both sides are able to compromise and learn from the best of both worlds.
I've lived in Canada for most of my life but there are certain traditions I practice and ways of thinking which are distinctly Chinese. Some criticize that that's proof that I love China more than Canada and should high-tail it back to China, others say it is precisely this gathering of different cultures which makes Canada what it is and makes this country unique in the world *shrug*. Both sides have their reasons, neither sides right or wrong really.
Well once the PRC gets stronger and gains more international prominence travelling with a PRC passport or as a PRC national should get easier. Strong prosperous country has citizens with little need to illegally immigrate to other countries, minimizing the suspicion of other countries towards travellers holding the passport of the country in question.
Racial profiling happens everywhere, just ask the Syrian-born Canadian who got shipped off to Syria by the US when he travelled through on his way back to Canada, where he was then tortured for a lengthy period of time before the Canadian government finally got off it's a** and got him home. The US still have't apologized or acknowledged they were at fault for the man's sufferings, all because he looked Middle-Eastern.