(Column by Ghulam Osman, President of East Turkistan Government-in-Exile )
Previously, we talked about the characteristics of Chinese racism. Today we are discussing the extreme narcissism of Chinese as the cause and basis of this racism. It is hard to distinguish whether the extreme narcissism of Chinese has produced racism or vice versa.
The American Psychological Association defines narcissism as a “diagnosable personality disorder that causes people to have a delusional sense of self-worth and lack of empathy” , only defined as an individualistic disorder in someone’s personality. When such a disorder is the collective characteristic of a communist nation where difference is intolerable, it becomes extremely dangerous.
Due to the Chinese perception that they are at the center of the world with the inherent self-centric nature, they are unable to tolerate the achievements of other races. They take ownership of inventions made by the nationalities of others under their rule. An example of this happened in the 2000s. A Uyghur inventor applied for a patent for his own invention.
This application was not approved. However, after some time, the products based on this patent were sold on the market. Becoming aware of this, the inventor went to Beijing to formally complain to relevant agencies about this matter. Chinese people reviewed the complaint and because of their lack of empathy and justice, nobody listened to it. However, he somehow succeeded in contacting Radio Free Asia to let his sad story be known to many other people. It is unknown what happened to him after this. Considering known behaviors and habits of the Chinese government, he most likely did not survive.
Chinese people are not able to tolerate inventions of foreigners, either. In the face of an invention created by a foreigner, they tend to find an old historical record to prove their ancestors invented it some hundred years ago. They repeat the same fallacy that since Westerners are racists and they ignore the inventions of Chinese later claiming them as their own.
When I was at high school, in math course we were taught a theory called “Gou Gu Theorem” (勾股定理)” which states that the square of the hypotenuse on a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. Later, I found that this theorem is known as the Pythagorean Theorem all around the world. Our teacher explained to us that even though this theorem was discovered by Chinese hundreds of years ago, Western scientists who try to monopolize all scientific discoveries intentionally ignored it. Afterwards, we learned that Chinese found out the exact and the most accurate value of π.
Though they tried to provide some evidence for this through referring to mythical history books, it was also something they had to push very hard to convince anyone but themselves.
When news about the first robot ever invented came out, the Chinese were busy finding evidence that they made robots two thousand years ago. However, as evidence was not from some fake history books, but from the classic novel called “The Romance of Three Kingdoms” (三国演义), it was not difficult to see it as a sheer fabrication. In this novel, Zhuge Liang, who was chancellor and regent of the state of Shu in ancient China, describes using wooden horses and donkeys to transfer military supplies and grain from place to place, with the aim of resolving difficulties in logistics. If this were true, then these horses and donkeys would continue to be used and improved after this throughout history till today.
However, despite it being a fiction in this novel, Chinese claimed that they invented the first robots in history shamelessly to satisfy their narcissistic obsession, as if there were such a thing in history.
When news about a UFO came out in the 1970s, Chinese people were busy flipping through pages of their history books to find out a story or event like it, to satisfy their narcissistic obsession. As a result, they were boastful about a historical record depicting an event thousands of years ago that a Chinese person first discovered a UFO. The world knows that Chinese are notorious for copying famous brands and producing fake goods.
China has produced counterfeit goods, been charged with fraud, and paid hefty fines in millions of dollars. Such counterfeit fraud is nothing but stealing and taking credit for somebody else’s invention, creating the deluded sense of accomplishment, and feeding into their intrinsic narcissistic nature. For instance, the so-called “four great inventions of ancient China” (papermaking, printing, gunpowder, and compass), have been subject to criticism, as the origins of the claims have been disputed.
In their movies, it is depicted that some foreigners are fascinated with this culture. Some movies produced by Chinese portray foreigners who are obsessed with Chinese calligraphy, and tried to steal calligraphy works, bringing them back to their own country of origin. This depiction of foreigners’ adoration of Chinese culture promotes self-glorification, implanting narcissism into the minds of a new generation.
The purpose is to consolidate a collective consciousness of “Chinese supremacy” as part of a systematic chauvinistic education. Watching these movies, how do Chinese who have never been abroad, think after hearing the praises of foreigners, the idioms and proverbs spoken of by them? Naturally, they believe the China-centric idea to be true, which allows the racist spirit to take deeper roots. Chinese people portray themselves as cowards and ones kowtowing to the strong, yet they possess such deeply rooted narcissism. This is probably due to small man syndrome, meaning that they inwardly compensate for their inadequacies with internal deluded spiritual victories.
In his book, “On China,” Henry Kissinger quotes Thomas Meadows, who spoke of Chinese as a people who “judge everything by rules of purely Chinese convention.” He went on to write about Chinese having no belief in the genesis of the universe created by God or any myths as such as follows: “The Chinese never generated a myth of cosmic creation. Their universe was created by the Chinese themselves, whose values, even when declared of universal applicability, were conceived of as Chinese in origin.”
Further, he describes: “In official Chinese records, foreign envoys did not come to the imperial court to engage in negotiations or affairs of state; they ‘came to be transformed’ by the Emperor’s civilizing influence. The Emperor did not hold ‘summit meetings’ with other heads of state; instead, audiences with him represented the ‘tender cherishing of men from afar,’ who brought tribute to recognize his overlordship. When the Chinese court deigned to send envoys abroad, they were not diplomats, but ‘Heavenly Envoys’ from the Celestial Court.”
Despite the consensus that Chinese civilization has a 5000-year history, this history is subject to change by Chinese people. In 1979, Uyghur and Chinese archeologists came across some mummies during their expedition in an ancient city called Kroran in Uyghur (Loulan in Chinese), located in the Taklamakan desert (There was a news article and some photos published in May 1996 on National Geography).
Right beside the mummies were grains of wheat, wool clothing, and other cultural artifacts. Japanese scientists utilized carbon C¬14 to approximate the age of the mummies to be 6400 years old. Chinese people could not accept the fact Uyghurs were more ancient than they are, so they started to claim they have more than a 6000-year-old history.
At any rate, this seemed to be a shameless narrative inside China, and it is, hence, not widely promoted abroad. If the scientific community accepted ideas about the lost Mu continent, Uyghur history is speculated to be 20000 years old according to James Churchwood’s book “The Children of Mu”, would also be accepted. However, then Chinese would have to change their cultural history again to claim that it is 30000 years old.
Historically, ancient Chinese rulers and up until the current government, have created their own self-deluded stories, changing history, and passing it down from generation to generation censoring out any differing perspectives.
This has created a race of people who believe they are above every other race of human beings, with little empathy for others, aptly fitting the very definition of narcissism. The only difference is for Chinese people, this mindset isn’t some personality disorder; rather it is their normal way of being.
(Disclaimer: Views expressed in the article are of the author).