Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: 78%: “Christmas is an Attack on Chinese Culture”

Sankaku Complex gave a short report on a real telling survey whose finding showed that 78% of those polled agreed that Christmas is an attack on Chinese culture.  As with Japan, it seems that China may celebrate the holiday in a very non-religious fashion (no surprise – after all, the “Christian” churches in China are show churches, while the faithful must practice their beliefs in underground communities).  I find the adoption of western practices in the east terribly interesting, not least of all because of the struggle and tension between ideologies and forces, including traditional and ancient culture, differing religious traditions (Japan, southeast Asian countries, etc.), Communist ideology (China and Vietnam), and tensions with foreign ideas and with U.S. military presence (Korea and Japan).

The results can obviously be compared to a conservative U.S. xenophobia.  But the additional connection I see is with Japan’s rejection of Christianity in the late 1500s.  As with China, the Japanese Christians had to practice their religion underground for fear of persecution.  Also, the attack wasn’t so much on the religious aspects of Christianity.  In Japan, the worry was that the Portuguese and others might be trying to make economic and political gain by using Christianity.  In China, my assumption is that xenophobia and patriotism go hand in hand, as the Chinese want to maintain their position near or at the top of the world economically.  The Chinese (the government officials, certainly) don’t want their chief competition, the United States, to gain any more foothold than the county already has. 

Read the entire post: 78%: “Christmas is an Attack on Chinese Culture” | Sankaku Complex.

About TWWK

TWWK, known to outlaws and lawmen alike as Charles, lives deep in the heart of Texas, where he drives cattle and boot scoots (not really - though he does sport a pair of rattlesnake boots). Somehow in this frontier, he also finds time for his wife, children, and church. Oh, and anime, too.

Posted on 12.28.2010, in Christianity, Christmas, Japan, Religion and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Only loosely related, you might find some interest in this weeks Big Picture at the Boston Globe: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/12/christmas_across_the_globe.html


    • Those are some wonderful pictures – thanks for sharing the link. Unfortunately, some reminded me of the violence that comes with religious tensions. The Iraqi Christian population has dwindled down to very low levels with the violent attacks in that country. The couple of Sudanese pictures also reminded me that a lot of Christians from that country immigrated to Egypt, where they were safer – I used to worship with Sudanese Christians in an international church there.


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