Good Article Review About Sociology: The Chinese
One of the main issues of China with regards to their sector of economy is deflation. According to the article, it was in 2010 when the producers or the suppliers’ prices are of declining trend while, contrary to it, the customers’ price has becoming inflated. These occurrences frighten the central bankers, not only in Chine but in the whole world, because they can perceive that this deflation in China would disrupt the economic cycle of the whole world.
In order to get off the projected deflation, some economic ways are mentioned in the article to eradicate this trend and to further improve the economic status of China. Primarily, one way not to have deflating economy is to cut interest rates. However, cutting the interest rates without prior noticing the public led to protests against the ruling body because it will definitely lessen the profit they are getting from their businesses.
Chinese are known in producing products and clones of gadgets per se and that could testify that China has large manpower to work for the betterment of its economy. However, since deflation is on their way to hit and drag down the economy of the country, policymakers and economists’ intervention is expected by both the masses and the rest of the governing body. Contrary to what should be done, the interventions made by these people are not sufficient enough to kill the pest that will destroy their economic stability. Yet, it is not yet too late for them to work this out.
In my opinion, the issue pertaining to economy is not an easy problem to deal with. Since economy is furtherly made up of complex systems, an action must be sensitive and looking forward to what will happen if a change will be made. As I was saying in the earlier paragraphs, it is not yet too late for the Chinese Government to get away from the deflation and start working for the progress of their economy.
China’s Economy: Deflation, Deflated
The article regarding the Chinese Family has its title ‘Why Chinese Families Don’t Say “I Love You”.’ This article was inspired by the two viral videos in which it shows children saying ‘I love you!’ to their parents. It is a bit weird to almost all countries around the world but this culture of Chinese families is a root of the nature of Confucian in which they believe that majority of the Chinese population are not good in showing and expressing positive emotions like gratitude and love. Unfortunately, those three words that people would always love to hear, has been odd most especially in the ears of the older Chinese people.
Ever since, people learned that culture of any country, tribe, group or even a certain family must be respected because they have their own perspectives in each and every material existing around the world. In the case of Chinese families, they are not fond of hearing and even saying how much they love somebody because according to one of the famous philosophers in their country and even in the oriental, the expression of positive emotions is not part of the in-born characteristics of a Chinese. It may be odd, but people from other areas must understand and respect how Chinese people work out their relationship with their family and in a bigger picture, with the society they belong.
It may be a shocking reality to other people most especially to the westerners, but as people try to deeply understand why they have a familial culture like that, there will come a time where people will never look at this occurrence as a negative one, rather as a unique characteristics of Chinese. On other hand, uttering those words is not just the only thing that can show our love and gratitude to other people and Chinese surely have their own manner of doing such.
Article: Why Chinese Families do not Say I Love You
CHINESE SOCIAL CLASS/STRATIFICATION
China has long been established as a Marxist society built on the principle of anti-capitalism and class eradication made by the efforts of its communist party and the legacy of Mao Zedong. However, it is interesting to see the current supposed classless society, juxtapose the effects of their market reforms and the irony that comes with it.
The article “A Guide to Social Class and Modern China” revealed an interesting overview of the Chinese modern ruling class. Two evidences were presented by the author, first is the Mckinsley survey of 2013, wherein 126 million households were examined and classified according to their economic class. It was revealed that 3 percent of the surveyed household earns an annual disposable income of more than $34,000 making them the affluent class. 14 percent of the household are the upper middle class earning at ranges $15,000 to $34,000. 54 percent are the mass middle class, while the rest of the households were classified as poor. The second evidence came from an anonymous post from popular Chinese Website. The post describes what seems to be a dichotomy of classes or tier into 9 parts. The dichotomy was based not on economic, but on the extent of power the class can wield over the Chinese society. The tiers were the Head Honchos, Bigwigs, Powerbrokers, Privileged, the Very Comfortable, the Squeezed, the Marginalized, Underclass and the Destitute.
Although the article seems to present an inaccurate categorization of the Chinese society, it must be pointed out that the Chinese society, despite its claims of communist principles, are still trapped in the natural formation of stratification that follows capitalist and authoritarian governments. Despite its utopic promises, communism is still trumped by the reality of power and wealth.
A Guide to Social Class in Modern China
The Rural-Urban migration is not limited to China. It seems that it is a world pattern characterized by the increasing technological advancement and centralized information and commerce centers. China, being the most populous country and is becoming a superpower in the manufacturing industries, presents an interesting pattern of rural- urban migration. It is no surprise then that internal migration has loosened up in light of their market reforms and desires of economic opportunities for the Chinese. Most of the migrants, now called “new-generation” migrants are young and able and are what the article referred to as “driving force behind China’s migrant labor”. These migrants were classified according to their motivations for migrating; the career builder, or those that have higher educational background, can adapt to city life and mostly find partners in the city. The family helper, on the other hand, are those young migrants that have heavier family burdens and are choosing higher income jobs. The lost follower migrants are those with lower educational attainment, changes job in temporal pattern, partners ae found in own villages or recommended by family, and have lower adaption to life in the city. Lastly, the emotional explorer is the migrant with lighter family burden, and migrated for the freedom and excitement of the city.
It is no surprise that migrants are mostly of young age, since it has been observed that the young are more suggestible and more likely to migrate that their older counterpart, who are more settled in the rural. The city offers stimulus because of its fast-paced and techno-savvy characteristics, the freedom to express and the alluring opportunities it can present.
China’s Young Rural to Urban Migrants: In Search for Fortune, Happiness, and Independence
The government of China has long been seen as strict and secretive. The communist ideology must and should always be the center of the life of every Chinese citizen—or so the government mandates it to be. Their state controlled televisions and news, their well-planned educational curriculum that puts emphasis on the evil of capitalism and the importance of the ideals of the communist party further illustrates how much control the Chinese government has on its people.
In the end, a great leader must know how to properly handle each and every circumstance that his country or nation has to face. His characters will truly make him be better if he will know how to distinguish what he should use in governing his state. Whatever ideology a great leader has will mean a lot most especially if he will know when and how to apply his knowledge to the current scenario of a certain nation.
Chinese Politics: The Power of Xi Jinping
CHINESE CIVIL SOCIETY
China is one of the most aggressive countries along with the United States and Russian Federation. There are numerous issues and controversies regarding their national government because they have to have a leader that possesses such intelligent, fierce and powerful character. However, due to the number of issues in the government including plunder and the abovementioned deflation in the economy, more Chinese groups have been off to the way that their officials run their government.
Non-government organizations do not intend to take over the Chinese Government. They existed because there have their own sets of goals and objectives. One of which is the provision of additional services that are necessary for the Chinese Societies to survive and live their lives to the fullest. Others may focus on other sectors like Education, Health and Economy. Civil Societies nowadays, are being sounder than the government because they work closer to the masses. However, there are people who think that these organizations plan to get the power from their leaders through getting supports from the mass bases.
As the works and projects of these non-government organizations are effective in providing additional services for the welfare and betterment of the Chinese population, people should not put much attention to the negative comments that the opposing sides say. Unless their assumptions were proven and backed up with relevant information, the civil society must send out their gratitude to the people who tries to supply the additional demands of the masses for improved quality of life in China. Also, Chinese Societies must refrain from demanding too much to these groups because they are not obliged to send out help. They are doing the things that the government has to do, to improve the quality of life and to help the government with their tasks. These groups have limited resources than the government. They only work with what they have in their hands in the moment that the masses need them the most.
Chinese Civil Society: Beneath the Glacier
CHINESE – UNITED STATES RELATIONS
Both of China and United States claim that there is a competition existing between them. This competition deals with supremacy and they treat this occurrence as inevitable most especially between two influential countries or states. Certain groups from Washington and Beijing think that they will be forever rivals and in conflict, but still, they also recognize that maybe, through the intervention of other nations per se, they will be in good terms in the future.
One of the issues showing the conflict between China and the United States to ban the president of China, President Hu Jintao, from visiting and entering the United States. It was a joint agreement of the two parties and they termed it as “positive, cooperative and comprehensive US – China relationship.” Up to this moment, the agreement is still valid and so the Chinese President cannot enter and visit Washington because of their agreement signed way back in 2011.
This occurrence was considered to be part of the cooperative relationship that both countries consider. However, it is unnoticeable that as the cooperation increases, the controversy also increases most especially to the neighboring countries of both the China and the United States. In the eyes of the other people and nations, they think that this has something to do with the contest of Supremacy rather a comprehensive US – China relations.
Ideally, both nations should exert effort to end the controversies about them. Primarily, it destroys and dignity as a country, as well as the credibility and skills of their government leaders. Controversies like this can surely be detrimental to the development of both countries and can even increase the conflict that is currently present—leading to war between them.
The Future of U.S. – Chinese Relations
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