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I read this book after seven or eight years of living in Taiwan I had known about it for a while, but Taiwanese bookstores, usually well stocked with English language books about China and Taiwan, did not carry it No wonder I finally found someone with a copy and then took it to a printer to get my own copy the Taiwanese way The Taiwanese believe, not in copyright, but copyleft Get it I underlined so many passages in the thin volume it looked like it had been in the custody of a chop wie I read this book after seven or eight years of living in Taiwan I had known about it for a while, but Taiwanese bookstores, usually well stocked with English language books about China and Taiwan, did not carry it No wonder I finally found someone with a copy and then took it to a printer to get my own copy the Taiwanese way The Taiwanese believe, not in copyright, but copyleft Get it I underlined so many passages in the thin volume it looked like it had been in the custody of a chop wielding Chinese bank teller Nearly every assertion and anecdote resonated Bo Yang said what I had been thinking, but was too afraid to say it, except to other Westerners If a Westerner had penned this book, they would have been branded a racist, or been accused of not understanding the real China, a common Sinophile charge But because Bo Yang was Chinese born in China and later a resident of Taiwan and because he was a well known historian, writer, journalist, etc he headed the Taiwan chapter of Amnesty International and was an advisor to the Taiwanese government after he did a spell in prison as a dissident nobody can say boo about this book, not least of all because every sentence is lethally accurate Because of the title, I had thought The Ugly Chinaman was a sort of angry tirade, but it is not It is a well argued denunciation of the ills of Chinese culture But a neophyte likely would not understand it helps to live in Chinese society for a while before reading.TUC begins with a dialogue between a doctor and TB patient The patient accuses the doctor of fabricating the diagnosis and says it is doctors like him who harm the motherland The patient barks, It s people like you who are to blame for China s problems You make foreigners look down on Chinese people because you give them the idea that we re all suffering from TB Traitors like you suck the blood of the Chinese people and kiss the arses of the barbarian devils God will strike you dead Imperial court guards coughs Take him away It s a reference to the lack of introspection and the proclivity to deny and ignore serious problems We see examples of this all the time in the news Villagers say their water has been contaminated by a nearby factory, and local officials accuse them of treason Recrimination is commonplace Problems snowball No one wants to see them others are afraid to speak up The book ends with a series of refutations, too Bo Yang published a series of angry responses written by other academics in opposition to his thesis that Chinese culture is, and I quote, primitive, and that Chinese people need to Westernize for the benefit of all The book s format, then, is very clever an angry denial, a series of propositions and examples that outline a damning thesis, andangry denials Bo Yang knew that no matter how well reasoned or well supported his argument, Chinese culture is, to many, beyond reproach By criticizing Chinese culture, you are only shaming your ancestors, who created it The Ugly Chinaman is a very bold and interesting book It is a brave man who can look at his own culture in the eye and say, You re sick You need help Apparently, when this book was published, it sold hundreds of thousands of copies in East Asia Anyone who has spent time in Chinese society ought to read it Troy Parfitt is the author of Why China Will Never Rule the World (((EPUB))) ⇺ The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture ↡ This critique of the Chinese was banned in mainland China by Communist Party officials This edition includes a selection of Bo Yang s speeches, writings and media interviews, as well as a sample of the reactions his comments have provoked an interesting and hilarious exposure of the dark side of the Chinese civilization from an insider comparing with the works by Lu Tun, nothing much seems to have changed in the Chinese way of thinking Bo Yang blames the current situation on the very long history of Confucianism and its incompatibility with competition, commerce, innovation, and change of the status quo consequently, the Chinese are 1, intolerant of criticism Bo Yang was imprisoned 9 years for writing these things 2, constant an interesting and hilarious exposure of the dark side of the Chinese civilization from an insider comparing with the works by Lu Tun, nothing much seems to have changed in the Chinese way of thinking Bo Yang blames the current situation on the very long history of Confucianism and its incompatibility with competition, commerce, innovation, and change of the status quo consequently, the Chinese are 1, intolerant of criticism Bo Yang was imprisoned 9 years for writing these things 2, constantly jealous of others success3, curious but not inquisitive4, intuitive but irrational5, subjugated, fearful, suspicious and antagonistic6, selfish, devoid of real or deep emotions, hypocriticaletc.the most interesting part is when other apologists dismiss Bo Yang s criticism and denounce him as a traitor, a Western xenophile, and unpatriotic i guess it s true to a certain extent, considering Vietnam is very Chinese in many ways If you are a Westerner and spend most of your time with people who are not Asian then this book is not for you You have been warned Most interesting parts of it cannot be translated into English.I don t want to sayabout the view of the author on Chinese culture and Confucius teachings People have already did that Apart from the harsh, relentless aspect of this book, Bo Yang is a hilarious person and his writing never fails to put a big grin on my face.By the way, I think the way Bo Yan If you are a Westerner and spend most of your time with people who are not Asian then this book is not for you You have been warned Most interesting parts of it cannot be translated into English.I don t want to sayabout the view of the author on Chinese culture and Confucius teachings People have already did that Apart from the harsh, relentless aspect of this book, Bo Yang is a hilarious person and his writing never fails to put a big grin on my face.By the way, I think the way Bo Yang depicts the vice and foibles of the average Chinese man and Vietnamese also LOL people in the 20th century in this boook very much similar to the way Moliere did with characters like Tartuffe, Harpagon, Argan in his comedies in the 17th century Read both and you ll know what I mean When I read the first one fifth of the book I can t be agreewith the author I have a long time interacting and living with Chinese people myself and they really have many different and unique thinking habits However theI read, theI feel his argument isn t different from those teenagers who constantly blaming and complaining He looked down Chinese social, culture and knowledge I m not Chinese, I don t have any special emotion or feeling toward them compare with other countri When I read the first one fifth of the book I can t be agreewith the author I have a long time interacting and living with Chinese people myself and they really have many different and unique thinking habits However theI read, theI feel his argument isn t different from those teenagers who constantly blaming and complaining He looked down Chinese social, culture and knowledge I m not Chinese, I don t have any special emotion or feeling toward them compare with other countries but that is ignorance if you don t recognize any good thing the Chinese society has And every culture nation has its own problem He blindly admires the west or exactly where he has chance to visit, in this case mostly the United States The author gave a bunch of problems and can not find a proper solution His only way is copy cat how the west think act without even considering each country has its unique background and history Overall, this is a disappointing book to read You can find some similar idea argument about blaming his her own culture country government on many social networks nowadays, especially from teenagers The book was written some thirty years ago, yet many things he said about Chinese and Chinese culture are still true today As a Chinese, I find this fact rather sad and frustrating Quite a lot of people in mainland China have read this book, and they came to realise the problems and the crisis we re having, or as a matter of fact, we have known what our troubles are for a long time, but the tricky thing is we haven t found a cure to the rotten diseases which are killing China from inside out.J The book was written some thirty years ago, yet many things he said about Chinese and Chinese culture are still true today As a Chinese, I find this fact rather sad and frustrating Quite a lot of people in mainland China have read this book, and they came to realise the problems and the crisis we re having, or as a matter of fact, we have known what our troubles are for a long time, but the tricky thing is we haven t found a cure to the rotten diseases which are killing China from inside out.Just FYI though, this book has been published in mainland China, though certain parts have been left out Sad reality of the Chinese people revealed by the very hands of one of the most notable Chinese writers of the last century Bo Yang It was just fine, not as good as I heard about The author bragged way too much about Western cultures what he encountered in America. A commentary of Bo yang All his opinion but worth a read An honest hard look at our selves as Chinese Many truths Many ironies Many of our fallacies. An absolute must read for any westerner BEFORE going to Asia, especially China.