The Sinophobia Epidemic

After being called “Pro China” and a “Panda Lover”, along with a few other tags, I wondered how many people in America have the mental illness called Sinophobia.

The Ramblings of a Political Psychology Major provided an answer. “There is a majority opinion in the US that China is a country we should be concerned with. In a February 2010 Gallup poll, 53% of Americans rated China as being unfavorable or very unfavorable.”

Sinophobia is especially common in Japan. If you don’t believe me, read what Japan did to the Chinese during World War II.

After that, check out what the British, French, Americans and a few others did to China in the 19th century during the Opium Wars.

Do you detect anger in this video?

The notion of “yellow peril” manifested itself in government policy with the U.S. Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which reduced Chinese immigration from 30,000 annually to 105.

Jack London’s 1914 story, The Unparalleled Invasion, takes place in a fictional 1975, and describes a China with an ever-increasing population taking over and colonizing its neighbors with the intention of eventually taking over the Earth. 

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought that was Hitler’s German Nazis who wanted to do that.

Fili’s World provides an example of Sinophobia in the Israeli media. “You know something is wrong when you hear everyone in the media quoting the exact same clichés, even if they sound so moral and enlightened.… The Chinese have no way of winning the PR battle. If they perform well, they’re described as machine-like and cold. If they mess things up a bit, they are described as losing control. If they tighten up security, they’re violating human rights. If they’re loosening it up a bit, then it’s a sign that China is breaking apart. If they’re on time, they’re fascists. If they’re late, they’re incompetent.”

The Glittering Eye says, “I think I could devote an entire Blog to Sinophobia rather than just to an occasional post seen in the news media.”

Most Chinese Americans I know say they are afraid to speak out about this illness, because a white-faced, round-eyed, big nosed Sinophobe will tell them to go home.

Sinophobia is so serious, it even appears on the Phobia List.

If 53% of Americans have this illness, it should qualify as an epidemic. Along with the annual flu shot, there should be an anti-Sinophobia injection.


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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3 Responses to The Sinophobia Epidemic

  1. says:

    Those financial people. Yeah, in that world it’s all about money. It is those real narcissistic and psychopathy types that plays the games. It’s about power and glory, everything does not matter for them. They will never confess anything it’s the part of their game and they will continue, there is no stop for them or this hell. What we people can do is to consume what we consider absolute necessary and stop the over consumption.
    China is no different from any other country that has a desire to be economically strong as nation. But since China is more powerful it is clearly a threat for the American market.

    Sorry the spelling btw. and if this reply comes in duplicates, I have trouble with posting I think.

  2. says:

    Isn’t there always more hate in the times of depression ? Kina is economically more flexible than USA so it’s not that strange that it will appear as hate towards Kina.

    The other thing is their way of thinking that still effects them from yesterday and some will feel and recognize the treat, especially in these days.

    Nazi Germany stole some strategic philosophies that is still also living in many Europeans and Westerns. Kina is probably more use to the hard working and disciplinary while Westerners yet have to face it in another ways.

    USA needs more time to recover from this and stop the warfare to get back on feet.

    Don’t say Kina brought down the WTC ?

    • I agree. When times are hard, people start looking around for someone or something to blame even if there really is no one to blame. However, in this case the real culprets for the 2008 economic crash were revealed in a great documentary called “Inside Job”. None of the people responsible for something like 64 trillion dollars in losses globaly and tens of millions of lost jobs has been fined or punished in any way.

      In fact, many of them are still working for the government. If you get a chance see “Inside Job”

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