a synagogue in Pittsburgh became another vivid example to show how divided and chaotic the US society has become.
I went to a rally that Trump held for Ted Cruz, US Senator of Texas, when I visited Houston. Despite that the president had previousl insulted Cruz and his family, Trump spoke highly of him at the rally, which a CNN panel used a Game of Thrones reference to sum up this Republican bond.
This scenario not only showcased how unstable Trump’s personality is, but also reflected how dramatic US politics could be. More surprisingly, I met some Trump supporters at the rally, who strongly applauded his volatile and erratic policies without a real understanding.
They seem to be splitting into two extremes, but in fact more like a traditional Chinese dish, various ingredients are mixed together. Everyone has his own interests, everyone makes his own choices, and the policies of the candidates have to take care of them. It’s a bunch of conflicting demands that get mixed up. So it’s not a problem with Trump’s personality, but his political choice that fits the situation. I don’t know how such a multi-layered, fragmented mess can come to a consensus after the election.
Where is “China”? Although Trump has been playing his “China card” from time to time to seek support, China-related topics accounted for a small portion of the midterm election themes. It is this confusion that makes the China issue less important.
Most Americans are used to “made in China”, so at the very least, made-inChina is a factor underpinning the election. From Trump’s campaign red cap to Halloween decorations, from socks with a Trump-promoting-image sold at a random gift shop in New York to red Tshirts and flags sold at the Trump’s rally, most consumer products are labeled “Made in China,” and many Americans consider being closely attached to China.
American consumers love made-inChina products for their cheaper prices and good quality. On a regular Saturday, I saw dozens of residents in Long Island, a region where rising middle class people live, go shopping in a mall nearby where they can buy boots and dresses, which are all imported from China.
As Chinese products have widely entered people’s lives in the US, Chinese people also highly embrace American products today. Millennials love taking photos with their iPhones and meeting up with their friends at coffee shops like Starbucks. The young generation grow up with US fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and KFC.
China and the US share highly close economic relations, especially from the aspect of daily lives of ordinary people. Once it becomes a topic, as opposed to extremes as mentioned above, it will seriously hurt economic well-being of the people on both sides, and it will do no good to anyone.