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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.

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