Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds After the implosion of the British Empire which is now reduced, so the cynics say, to the Greater City of London, the United States of America took the place as the benevolent global hegemon, and is now the prime destination for scholars in East Asian Studies in particular. This, by extension benefits cultural Britain and the entire
Skip to 0 minutes and 33 seconds Anglophone commonwealth: They are bornin ‘–”˝∂¯…˙µƒ the “correct” language. The rest of Europe must be affiliated, if only pro forma, with the US-Anglo-Saxon world order, and must master the English language. This isn’t exceptional at all even to think about. Great powers typically superimpose their lingua, reinvent all disciplines, establish new rules, and promote their own national champions of course. This is true in economics and politics, and it is also true in scholarship and the entertainment industry. In addition, hundreds of thousands of Chinese each year migrated into America, to Britain, to Canada, and to Australia. Therefore, a lot of Taoism impact isn’t directly from China, but is caught up with in Europe via the United States.
Skip to 1 minute and 32 seconds And this isn’t just case with scholarly textbooks. No. Other, far more impressive examples are Hollywood blockbuster movies watched by millions of Europeans, such as °ÆKung-Fu Panda’ or °ÆThe Matrix’ trilogy. Italian, French, Spanish, and even German universities are mere shadows of their former self, until the Union decided to sign the Bologna Declaration. That means learning English is now Europe’s top priority. German and French and Italian degrees were discontinued; Anglo-Saxon BAs, MAs, and PhDs were introduced. The majority of European countries agreed to Americanizetheir higher education. Needless to say, the main profiteers are the Americans, who are no longer °Æcompetitors’ but °Æowners’ of the global education system. Ignorance breeds intolerance.
Skip to 2 minutes and 35 seconds Up until the 2000s, China’s history, language, and culture unfortunately weren’t taught in Europe’s school classes. During the early 2000s, Dietrich Schwanitz published a best-seller, boldly entitled °ÆEducation ®C All one needs to know’. The book earned him praise from all corners of German speaking world. Apparently, “all one needed to know” was not knowing a single thing Asian, let alone Chinese. That is not all. A quick survey of the German Times (DIE ZEIT) reveals that no article with the words °ÆLaozi’, °ÆDaoism’, or °ÆTaoism’ in it was on record since its founding in 1946. To this day, German °ÆChina correspondents’ are incompetent and mostly Chinese illiterate.
Skip to 3 minutes and 34 seconds They paraphrase or translate content from American news agencies, and cannot write Chinese surnames and names in the correct order. And while China became the largest trade nation in the world by 2013 already, Chinese intellectuals are until now excluded from the public discourse and the mass media in Europe, with the exception of useful dissidents. China scholars have already witnessed, starting from 2010, a political backlash against China’s Confucius Institutes, which are thought to subvert Western academia with Chinese ideology.
Tao goes to America
American scholars, too, typically superimpose their lingua, reinvent all disciplines, establish new rules, and promote their own national champions of course. Therefore, a lot of the impact of Taoism isn’t directly from China, but is caught up with in Europe via the United States. And while China became the largest trade nation in the world by 2013, Chinese intellectuals were until now excluded from the public discourse and the mass media in Europe, with the exception of useful dissidents.