I want to have a thoughtful discussion on this topic, and as moderator, if I think the comments are becoming racial instead of cultural, I will delete the offending comments.
Note: Where the word "Chinese" is used in this topic, we will be talking specifically about Chinese people in the Peoples Republic of China and not all Chinese in the world. If you wish to talk about another Chinese group please use a descriptor: Chinese Americans, Singaporean Chinese, etc.
After three years living in Hong Kong and traveling to the PRC regularly, I am hit on a fundamental question:
Can Chinese culture and Western culture truly integrate. I know we have found the ability to work relatively well together, at least when the language is money. But do we have such fundamental differences in our cultures that true integration will never be possible?
A reason this has come up is that I see a certain subtext in western news that seems to believe that "One day the Chinese will change and be like us?"
My personal opinion is that we will have to continuously search for a common ground but it will be small. So I think this subtext is fundamentally ignorant.
I also realize that this is a cultural issue and not race issue because of two scenarios:
1) Racial Chinese who have spent many generations in the west.
2) Westerners who have spent many years in China. Especially their children.
I also realize that I am opening myself and this site up to a real conflict potential. If I have offended anyone already I am sorry.
I hope we can create a good dialogue on this topic.
And I also that this can be a worldwide discussion.