English_Master February 26, 2016 No Comments
IDEOLOGIES OF THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT IN CHINA After Deng Xiaoping gained power in 1978, a new po­litical atmosphere was promised for the Chinese people. A promise of a free land with a modern economic state was made by Deng in order to gain public support. During Deng’s reign, a series of economic reforms were made. These re­forms had major impacts on both the economy and the soci­ety of China. Although it has been argued that Deng was lead­ing a totalitarian regime, historians tend to overlook the idea that the Chinese have different ideologies and morals than people in the west. Chinese intellectuals who looked to the west as a model for democracy absorbed themselves into the western culture, and believed that everything that China stood for was ‘backward.’ This view of the Chinese society forced the people to hold resentments against Deng, which led to Democratic uprisings and movements. Deng simply wanted to create a better economy for the Chinese people to live in according to Chinese values, but the society did not see it this way as an inflow of western attitudes and beliefs had been embedded into their minds. Deng knew that China’s prob­lems were coming from within the political system, and he attempted to solve these...
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