Originally posted by sonhouse
There are certainly media companies clearly biased, like Fox news. If any report came out like that, Fox news would be leading the way. If and when China sends 'taikonauts' to the moon, I expect nothing but congratulations in most media outlets.
What takes place behind closed doors at the upper echelons of government will be a totally different affair f ...[text shortened]... ly, I sent email congratulations to the Chinese for their first manned flight, I applauded them.
There's still much racist sneering at Chinese 'backwardness' in science and technology.
Many right-wing white Americans like to focus upon alleged Chinese 'stealing' of American secrets.
Much, if not most, of the US media likes to act as though every achievement of US science
and technology should be attributed only to white Americans (with their superior intelligence).
The tiny (less than 1% ) ethnic Chinese minority in the USA has produced very many,
even most in some years, of the top American students in mathematics, science, and
engineering, but this is extremely politically embarrassing so the US media routinely
ignores it. Just imagine how differently the US media would cover this story if the ethnic
Chinese students were Jewish or black Americans.
Back in the 1980s, when negotiations broke down between the USA and China about the
sale (at an extremely inflated price) of an *obsolete* American supercomputer, a white
American official (reportedly) told the Chinese that they had no choice but to accept
whatever terms were offered by the USA because all Chinese were incapable of ever
designing and building their own supercomputer. At that time, the chief designer of
advanced Cray supercomputers in the USA was Steve Chen (who was born in Taiwan).
That American evidently had taken for granted that no ethnic Chinese deserved any
credit for the achievements of US science and technology. Contrary to what that American
believed, the Chinese have been able to develop advanced supercomputers, albeit often
by taking advantage of technology developed in the USA.
To this day, many Americans, particularly those with right-wing political opinions, like to
believe that Chinese scientists and engineers (being 'racially inferior' in intelligence) are
incapable of competing with American scientist and engineers, and so the Chinese must
resort to 'stealing' American technological secrets and (crudely) copying American designs.
I have heard some extremely ignorant and arrogant white Americans, who were poorly educated,
sneer at the notion that any Chinese students could compete on equal terms with white
Americans at the best American universities. They were shocked and disbelieving when
I informed them that ethnic Chinese students routinely perform better than white Americans
at the best American universities I suspect that they preferred to rationalize it as a case
of 'the Chinese must be cheating again' or have some unspecified unfair advantage.
The world's most effective drug against malaria was developed in the 1960s-70s by
Chinese scientists, led by a woman, Tu Youyou. It's taken several decades for her to
begin to receive recognition in the West, such as the 2011 Lasker Prize in medicine.
While some people have suggested that she receive the Nobel Prize in medicine, I think
that's extremely unlikely, largely for political reasons. I suspect that if an ignorant average
American was told that China was producing the world's most effective drug against malaria,
that American probably would assume that the drug was originally developed in the USA
and its secrets had been 'stolen' by the Chinese, who were making ersatz copies.
I know that the American academic, scientific, and technological communities tend to show
more respect than American politicians or the popular media toward Chinese achievements
in mathematics, science and technology. Qian Xuesen (1911-2009) was one of the leading
rocket scientists in the USA. Theodore von Karman described him as a 'genius'. Even
the US military authorities acknowledged that Qian Xuesen had contributed much to the
development of American rockets. But in the 1990s, Qian Xuesen (who was living in
retirement in China) became the target of a campaign of character assassination by
Republican politicians and the popular (not only the right-wing) US media. Qian Xuesen
was accused of having been a Chinese Communist spy whose only aim had been to
steal advanced American technology that he himself found too hard to comprehend.
He was even (absurdly) accused of stealing secrets for the Titan missile even though its
development had begun *after* Qian Xuesen and some other Chinese scientists had
been traded by the US government for some American airmen who had been captured
after their spy plane was shot down over China. Although Qian Xuesen was demonized
in the popular US media, most of his American peers in aeronautics seem to have ignored
the hysteria and approved of the American honors awarded to him toward the end of his life.
While he was invited by private American organizations to revisit the USA, Qian Xuesen
declined on the grounds that he sought an apology from the US government, which he
believed had treated him extremely unjustly during the McCarthyist period (early 1950s).