Where have you come across this supremacism? In monasteries?binocular wrote: ↑Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:17 pmBecause Asian supremacism runs deep, sometimes so deep one isn't even aware of it.No_Mind wrote: ↑Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:17 pmWhy is there this expectation that in countries where Dhammic religions are pre-dominant .. the populace will also be Dhammic, possess equanimity and always act with profound wisdom (India, Sri Lanka, Thailand are I believe the only three which fit this description of nations with Dhammic religion)
(Asian (Buddhist) supremacism being the conviction that only Asian Buddhists know how to properly do Buddhism.)
First of all if this supremacism exists it is due to cultural gap. It is a sterotype .. like Asian wise man stereotype in Hollywood (Mr Miyagi)
Secondly you have to understand that during colonisation the worst that West had to offer came to Middle East, South Asia and Japan during 17th to 19th century. That memory has not changed with coming of cable television .. most average Asians think of West in terms of Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives .. you cannot really blame them for not having read Derek Parfit.
This impression is not helped by hundreds of thousands of backpackers who make their way through various Asian countries on shoe string budget .. dirty, unkempt and very thin (which Asians tend to associate with drug addiction).
The average Asian does not meet the western business traveller in $500 shoes who stay in five star hotels .. complete their business dealings and move out ..
Asians mostly find westerners looking for cheap prostitutes from Goa to Phuket. If only you met the average western tourist in Bangkok .. you would understand. I suggest you take a 5 day trip to Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya .. avoid monasteries and concentrate on tourist spots .. observe fellow westerners and then form an opinion. There is a reason for supposed Asian supremacism.
If only we met more middle class neat, clean and intelligent westerners like David, Retro, Mike and Sam would the impression change.
Educated Asians do not suffer from Asian supremacism.
Stop sending thousands of tourists who look like this if you want Asian supremacism to die down. I am educated and I understand they may be very well read though they look scruffy .. general population does not understand that
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