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The Comparison of the American Dream and the Chinese Dream

Xuan Pan

Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.

*Corresponding author: Xuan Pan

Published: December 9,2020


This essay focuses on the widely used phrases “the American Dream” and “the Chinese Dream”. In this essay, the author traces the origins and developments of the American Dream and the Chinese Dream and finds that they were both pro-duced by specific social environment and changes. Then by comparing these two terms, the author finds that there are both relevance and differences between them. In Chinese history, the introduction of American Dream once made effects on Chinese views of America, and the way Chinese people understand the Amer-ican Dream reflects how Chinese view themselves from time to time. The idea that using Chinese Dream to construct the national image of China came from the widespread of the American Dream, as a response to the prevalence of the China Threat Theory. The difference is mainly in their different ways of getting wide-spread that the American Dream developed from bottom to top while the Chinese Dream develop conversely; and in their definition emphases that the American Dream refers more to individual success while the Chinese Dream give priority to the revitalization of Chinese nation. Admittedly, there are natural dif-ference between the American Dream and Chinese Dreams they emerged from very different cultural, but regardless of differences, these Dream shares an essen-tial vision that is to create a better world in which people can live a high-quality life.


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The Comparison of the American Dream and the Chinese Dream

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