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‘I’m good at working with Jews’

January 14, 2014

'I'm Good at Working With Jews'

“The shelves of Chinese bookstores have been lined with bestsellers on Jewish subjects, with such eye-catching titles as Talmud: The Greatest Jewish Bible for Making Money, Unveiling the Secrets of Jewish Success in World Economy… In my opinion, this voyeuristic interest in the Jewish success reflects the fact that most Chinese are not so much interested in real Jews as the Jew as tropes. The most prevalent trope of this kind in China is that the Jew is anyone who is smart, wealthy and successful. As a matter of fact, some non-Jewish celebrities are widely regarded as Jewish in China, like Rockefeller, for example.”

–Lihong Song, “Mapping my Judaic Studies Career in China: An Academic Confession,”  Asian Jewish Life

Now you understand what’s behind recent comments by Chinese billionaire Chen Guangbiao:

“I’m good at working with Jews, says Chinese tycoon Chen Guangbiao who wants to buy WSJ,” Amy Li, South China Morning Post

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