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Pet Sins January 2004

Chinese man adores European music but despises Turkish music

One of my Chinese co-workers was in my car when he noticed my collection of Turkish music. He said, "You must be mentally sick to listen to stuff like that." He could not imagine what could be beautiful about West Asian music or South Asian music.

I was surprised he said that because he is a self-declared fan of European classical music. So why is it ok for a Chinese person to enjoy European classical music but "sick" for a Chinese person to appreciate Turkish classical or folk music? Both kinds of music are alien to the Chinese. Why is one considered more acceptable than the other?

Too many non-Europeans have been brainwashed into thinking that "white European is right" and everyone else is "wrong".

Chinese professional
2002