Interactions And Aspects: Asia And The Western World

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The views of the opposite race between the Asian and Western civilizations were generally in three categories: dependent upon resources, imperialistic, and hostile and blatantly racist. Most interactions began at one of these three categories, but then eventually ended with some form of a combination of all three. These interactions eventually turned Asian views on the West from cursory to anti-Western and trying to push the negative influences out of the East.
Western Empires first became interested in Asian countries—India, China, and Malaysia, for example—for the various resources they could provide and the larger markets that were maintained within the countries. This created a cycle of ...view middle of the document...

, and not hostil[e], as of yet. The feelings would eventually materialize as increasing Western sentiments left over from the Boxer “troubles” increased a sense of nationalism within the country.
As Europeans and their influences increased in the Eastern countries, their interactions became, although arguably already racist, both more hostile and more intolerant of the people of the various countries, and vice versa, from those living within the confines of these countries. An example of this is in when Dr. Aziz, in A Passage to India, was accused of an abhorrent crime, and the Westerners used this as an example of the Indians’ unquenchable thirst for the English females. This shows that the interactions between the Western people and the Indians were hardly what one would call cordial, what with one party blaming the other for cruel acts against human kind. However, Europeans were not the only ones who reacted none too kindly to the other races. This is shown when anti-Western sympathizers seized upon the fact that an Englishwoman had taken a Japanese man’s placement for a job in The Ginger Tree, and therefore tried to...

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