Helen Wang The Chinese Dream Analysis

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Helen H. Wang’s The Chinese Dream promotes an idea of ‘oneness’; the thought that balancing different perspectives, usually Eastern and Western, will create a better and more advanced world. The goal is for America and China to work – not to improve a single nation – but for the benefit of both. As a result, the rest of the world will improve too. In this ‘oneness,’ no one way of thought or action is best. Instead, they are all pieces in a puzzle that is a balanced, globalized world. Wang’s beliefs are quite idealistic, but her concept raises valid points. A mindset that embraces diversity and unity can improve the quality of life in the U.S. and China.
One of the balances that Wang believes should occur is between Western and Eastern cultures’ types of thought. Americans tend to be linear, or logic based, thinkers. Linear thinkers prefer certainty and clarity. The Chinese do not value clarity as much, adopting a much more ambiguous perspective. Non-linear thinkers are most useful in situations that require creativity and intuition. She believes that it is both sides’ best interest to learn from
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There are certain jobs or situations that call for one mindset over the other. Like Wang said, it is best to find a balance between both in order to improve. For example, if a team assigned to a project was made up of only like-minded people, the end result would be much weaker than the same project completed by a group of diverse thinkers. Combining both methods of thought and cultural standpoints could help give clarity to global problems and help America and China move forward.
Wang’s idea of ‘oneness’ in politics is a balance different forms of democracy, rather than different forms of government. There is room for the possibility of different democratic models to grow and succeed. She believes that democracy will inevitably happen in China, just in a different form than

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