Relations Between The East And Japan

2492 Words May 12th, 2016 10 Pages
In general, people tend to discuss inter-country relations in monolithic terms. The main problem with this that a nation does not have a monolithic view. Instead, it has a river of ideas flowing with the current of political and individual movements. It is apparent that viewing US relations with countries of the Pacific through monolithic terms fails to grasp the complexity of these relations. The stereotypes or monolithic view of “the East” will be evaluated through analysis of the different movements and the entities forcing these movements in China, the Korea’s, and Japan. Thus showing that it is impossible to understand a country solely through monolithic terms. For centuries, “the Orient” or “the East” has been a place of wonder for Europeans. As such, “the East” becomes less of an actual location and more of the idea behind it. The Europeans had created an image of what they believed “the East” to be: A land full of beautiful exotic women, mysterious religions, and cult like customs. It was these generalizations that covered the entirety of “the East” allowing for monolithic views to arise. When speaking of US-China relations, the first thing to understand is that there is always a different perspective. Womack explains this best; describing a situation in which a scientist studies how pitch changes when a train moves past, then explaining how the pitch change could vary if a person was on the train-no change in pitch- or on a different train –greater…
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