The Wall Street Journal story with the headline “China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia”. Photo: SCMP The Wall Street Journal story with the headline “China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia”. Photo: SCMP
The Wall Street Journal story with the headline “China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia”. Photo: SCMP
Elaine Yau
Opinion

Opinion

Elaine Yau

China enraged by ‘Sick Man of Asia’ headline, but its origin may surprise many

  • The term was coined in 1895 to describe Qing officials by Chinese scholar Yan Fu after China lost a war against the Japanese
  • The term is usually used to refer to bad governance – and is more often used by Chinese people than Westerners

The Wall Street Journal story with the headline “China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia”. Photo: SCMP The Wall Street Journal story with the headline “China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia”. Photo: SCMP
The Wall Street Journal story with the headline “China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia”. Photo: SCMP
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