Demonstrators fly the British flag during the Hong Kong protests in 2019. Photo: AP
Demonstrators fly the British flag during the Hong Kong protests in 2019. Photo: AP
Chandran Nair
Opinion

Opinion

On Reflection by Chandran Nair

Remember Mao’s famine, forget Churchill’s: how the West captured Asian minds

  • History, as taught by Western ‘victors’, defines other countries through their low points. We are constantly reminded of China’s Tiananmen moment, yet colonial atrocities from First Nations genocides to Bengal’s famine are diluted or covered up
  • It is this selective retelling of history that enables the West to cling to an identity built on superiority and that has non-Westerners believing it. It is why some young Hongkongers have come to believe they are not Chinese

Demonstrators fly the British flag during the Hong Kong protests in 2019. Photo: AP
Demonstrators fly the British flag during the Hong Kong protests in 2019. Photo: AP
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