I confess a bias: I think the world becomes a better place whenever “we” (from whatever part of the world we are from) meet “them” (from whatever part of the world they are from).
This op-ed suggests the West is eager to embrace China, but only on its terms.
The writer, who is from Germany, suggests what might happen if the West changed its mindset.
…it’s not about replacing one monopoly with another. It’s about paving the way for cultural diversity. Not for bad imitations, but for real, authentic alternatives. Particularly, these need to differ in the values they convey. Big differences would be: community spirit instead of egomaniacal madness, more education instead of more consumption, family instead of isolation. Also, the artistic realization should forge new, aesthetic paths.
What do you think?