The Chinese government’s cover-up of the origins of the new coronavirus, and its more openly prideful and aggressive foreign and human rights policies, triggered a dramatic deterioration of foreign views of China in 2020. That year also witnessed a significant increase in anti-Chinese/Asian prejudice around the world. Could the former have shaped the latter? Drawing on theories of prejudice and ideology, and using an Autumn 2020 13-nation European survey about China, this paper explores whether increasingly negative attitudes toward Chinese government policies prejudiced European views of local Chinese students, tourists, and communities. It finds substantial evidence of a spillover effect, an effect which is stronger among conservative Europeans than among progressive Europeans more motivated to avoid prejudice. The paper concludes with thoughts on the danger that China’s prideful “wolf warriors” pose for Chinese students, tourists, and local Chinese communities confronting prejudice in Europe today.
Chinese Pride and European Prejudice: How Growing Resentment of China Cools Feelings toward Chinese in Europe
Peter Gries is the Lee Kai Hung Chair and founding Director of the Manchester China Institute at the University of Manchester, where he is also Professor of Chinese politics. He studies the political psychology of international relations, with a focus on China and the United States. Email: <email@example.com>.
Richard Turcsanyi is a Key Researcher at Palacky University Olomouc. This work was supported by European Regional Development Fund Project “Sinophone Borderlands – Interaction at the Edges”, CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000791. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Peter Gries, Richard Turcsányi; Chinese Pride and European Prejudice: How Growing Resentment of China Cools Feelings toward Chinese in Europe. Asian Survey 1 October 2021; 61 (5): 742–766. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2021.1397345
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