Stereotypes formed during the turn of the 20th century continue to resonate with Chinese today and have resulted in a philo-Semitic viewpoint from many Chinese, a level of admiration not found among Chinese for other non-approved foreign religions. The way Chinese view the Jews and Judaism in modern China can reveal much about China’s aspirations and goals. As conversations around race and admiration from the foreign fell out of style after China began closing itself off from the world in 1949, these stereotypical images of Jews became popular again as China opened up in the 1980s and shifted to a more market-style economy.
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Haime, Jordyn, "Chinese Philo-Semitism: Why China Admires the Jewish People" (2020). Student Research Projects. 26.