I want to start by saying that Im making no comment on the rights or wrongs of these viewpoints. I mention them as they are alternative viewpoints on historical events that may or may not be accurate but at least provide food for thought.
So what are commonly held viewpoints on global events from a different cultural perspective? The ones I mention will have an Asian focus given that is an area I have been focusing on recently. What are others that people have heard and thought different and interesting?
- The Philippines is a very family based and clanish society. My Filipino language instructor commented how she couldnt understand how people could view Hitler as worse than Stalin. The logic? Stalin did it to his own people which is unforgivable whereas Hitler did it to a different group, which is obviously bad but not as bad as doing it 'to your own.'
- I was speaking to a member of a SE Asian government (FTR, not Philippines) and he explained to me that the nations in SE Asia owe the United States a huge debt of gratitude for the Vietnam war. Im not used to people talking good about the Vietnam War but he explained how the war allowed the fledgling democracies to grow which otherwise would have been crushed by their own Communist insurgents and how SE Asian democracy was dependant on the war.
- A Malaysian academic explained to me how during WWII the Japanese were seen as a liberating force to rescue Asia from 'White colonial power'. TBH, Id never heard much positive about Japan in WWII but apparently some hold them in high regard.