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This week I’ve learned more about China then I’ve learned in my whole life. Little things I’m embarrassed to say that I wasn’t aware of such as that Mt. Everest was in China and Japan was an Island, I learned the first day of class. All I knew about China from my previous knowledge was that they had over a billion people in their pollution and they produced a lot of the United States products that we, the consumers, purchase.

Revolutions in China often stemmed from the peasants being oppressed and eventually uprising. For example the Boxer Rebellion was an uprising to promote Chinese Nationalism and to forcible remove the foreigners that were destroying China out of the country. The Great Leap Forward although in theory was trying to better China and put China in the same league as the rest of the world; it ended up creating a famine and the result being the death of 30 million Chinese people. Moreover, Tiananmen Square in 1989. The mass tried to speak out about wanting more rights such as an election, no censorship and more reforms; they even went to the point where a hunger strike took place. Hundreds of Thousands of people were killed and ran over by tanks during this protest.

Now now, China has a past but so do many other nations. Some things I found interesting was the five bonds or the five basic human relationships under Confucius:

Ruler and Ruled………………………………………………………Loyalty and Duty

Father and Son……………………………………………………….Love and Obedience

Husband and Wife…………………………………………………..Obligation and Submission

Elder and Younger Brothers……………………………………..Seniority and a Modeling Subject

Friend to Friend……………………………………………………….Trust

Also, Chinese innovations are also a point of interest such as the compass, paper, crossbows, gunpowder, THE GREAT WALL; the list goes on. This week I have learned the good, the bad and in between. There are still things I need clarification about such as Tibet and Taiwan but so far China is a culture rich in history and a culture that respects its culture and wants to uphold it any means necessary. -Rolanda Charles

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