Unhappy China and why it is cause for unhappiness y David Bandurski â€” Unhappy China (ä¸å›½ä¸é«˜å…´), a now best-selling book by several Chinese academics arguing in Darwinian terms that China should carve out for itself a pre-eminent role in world affairs, has been the focus of much coverage outside China, and of fierce debate within China. [Homepage Image: A recent issue of Shanghai's Xinmin Weekly magazine deals with Unhappy China, its significance and its underlying commercial motivations.] Some Chinese scholars and journalists have expressed concern about Unhappy Chinaâ€˜s pugnacious and even jingoistic tone. The following are two responses to the book. The first is an editorial by Nanjing professor Jing Kaixuan (æ™¯å‡¯æ—‹), which appeared in a recent issue of Southern Metropolis Daily; The second is an interview with Shanghai scholar Xiao Gongqin (è§åŠŸç§¦), part of coverage of the book by Shanghaiâ€™s Xinmin Weekly. [ABOVE: Unhappy China, written by Wang Xiaodong, Liu Yang, Song Qiang, Huang Jisu, and Song Xiaojun, has captured the imagination of many Chinese, and concerned others.] Jing Kaixuan begins his critique of Unhappy China against a backdrop of the myriad domestic issues with which China must contend â€” a not-so-subtle suggestion that China has plenty of its own concerns, and does not need to strike a confrontational tone internationally. He also invokes Hu Jintaoâ€™s term â€œboat-rocking,â€ or zhe teng (æŠ˜è…¾), suggesting the path marked by the bookâ€™s authors is a dangerous loss of focus on the essentials. The following is a partial translation of an interview by Xinmin Weekly with Shanghai scholar Xiao Gongqin (è§åŠŸç§¦): FURTHER READING: â€œBook Stokes Nationalism in China,â€ Jason Dean, Wall Street Journal, March 30, 2009 â€œChina is Unhappy: censors take hands-off approach to bestseller,â€ Jane Macartney, The Times, March 26, 2009 â€œA new book reveals why China is unhappy,â€ Austin Ramzy, Time.com, March 20, 2009 â€œâ€˜Unhappy Chinaâ€™ bestseller claims Beijing should â€˜lead the worldâ€™,â€ Malcolm Moore, The Telegraph, March 29, 2009 Unhappy China, and why it is cause for unhappiness - China Media Project **************************************************************************** It is important to note the psyche that govern many Chinese. Notwithstanding the placidity they express and the instant laughter there is a serious underpinning at work. There unhappiness is not about the issue of daily life but something more serious. They have a deep rooted anger toward Western nations, and say that Chinese anger possibly because of events in history where they were subjugated and ridiculed by not only the western nations,but also by their Asian compatriots the Japanese. The humiliation is deep seated and like elephants China seethes at this ignominy that they cannot run down. That is why their inner conscience demands the emergence of a group of heroes to â€œlead our people to successfully control and use more resources, ridding [the world of] of bullies and bringing peace to good people.â€ If one sees the manner in which China is progressing and the path of competition and confrontation they have adopted, this irrational mindset become evident. Self opinionated that they are, they feel that they are the 'good people' and others are 'bullies'. Little they realise that China itself is looked upon as a bully and historically it is also been their hallmnark as they captured territories and made those captured forcibly to become Han so that such people do not create any problem having had their roots systematically wiped out from the ground and memory. As they are trying even now in Tibet and Xinjaing. There attitude is sop= succinctly brought out by "Even Hitlerâ€™s old slogan about â€œusing the swords of Germany to gain lands for the ploughs of Germanyâ€ was dragged out and given a new face with the Chinese term â€œconducting business with a sword in handâ€ (æŒå‰‘ç»å•†)" Therefore, the belligerence and illogical defence of China and its even incorrect ways, should be understood by all concerned as something that is ingrained in their mindset and possibly even in their genes. A genetical and even Genealogical fault, if you will. This â€œnew patriotismâ€ (æ–°çˆ±å›½ä¸»ä¹‰) that describe the popular sentiment of nationalism is nothing more than the theoretical logic of nationalism that is something frightful and dangerous. It does not lie too far, in fact, from bullying racism and jingoism.