Many people have commented on my post dedicated to the analysis of Amy Chua's article that presents child abuse as an inescapable part of Chinese identity. It is my firm belief that this intelligent (albeit vile) Yale professor has picked up on an important cultural trend that she wants to milk for all it's worth. I predict that we will see the images of nasty, cold, heartless Chinese more and more often in the media over the next decade. I also expect those images to become as widely popular as the image of the angry Arabs and the dissolute French.
The American animosity towards China is growing as fast as the US debt to China. This country is losing its political and economic hegemony on the world scale. I think this process is irreversible, but feel free to argue. Now other countries are moving into the position of world leadership. As I see it, these countries are India and China. Some people also suggest Brazil, but as much as I'd welcome that, I don't see it. (If you believe Brazil - or any other country - should be put on that list of contenders for world domination, feel free to share your arguments in the comments section. I'm very open to new information here.) Chua is one of the first people to jump onto the wave of anti-Chinese sentiment and ride it all the way to the bank.
I am so confident that anti-Chinese propaganda is about to hit us because I have seen this very process take place in Russia. The Russians haven't gotten themselves into the economic bondage to China, but they are located close geographically. Russia likes to believe itself a possible candidate for world domination (OK, I know how ridiculous that is. I'm just relaying information here, so don't kill the messenger). China's success is experienced as very painful in Russia, so now there is a seething resentment against the Chinese. For the Americans, it has been more difficult to take China seriously. The US sees itself as the winner of the Cold War (once again, I know how silly that is, but the media managed to sell this bill of goods to the people). For this reason, nobody from the former Communist camp was taken seriously. That is, until the debt began to grow. Today the situation has become so dire that it's impossible even to find the real numbers of how much the US owes to China. The official figures provided by the US governement have been referred to as "unusable" by people who study the subject.
This is why I am convinced that Chua is not an isolated China-hater. She is just a very shrewd person, willing to malign her country of origin to make a quick buck. Let's see how fast others join the trend.