Monday, April 18, 2005

Chinese textbooks just as bad?

Lest we forget, China has many dirty little secrets of its own. There may be some "unrest" about what Japanese textbooks are saying, but Chinese textbooks don't really mention anything about the crackdown on democracy demonstrations, or any of the other various human rights violations it has committed against its people since the communist government came to power. Goodness, you can't even find information that is critical of the government if you do a Google search in China!
While Japan's distortions of its history appear driven by a reluctance to accept shame, China's are aimed at preserving communist rule, said Sin-ming Shaw, a China scholar at Oxford University in England.

Motivation is everything, I suppose.

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