“‘Capitalism with Chinese characteristics’ is where Western products get ingested and spat out in mutated forms.” Sums up the insights from a fascinating read on Aeon. You can check out the whole article RE-MADE IN CHINA here. When East meets West, it can be an unexpected success or a dismal flop.
The long and the short of it is, China has always incorporated outside ideas and given them a uniquely Chinese spin that continues to this day. Whether it’s KFCs that celebrate the CCP’s anniversary or Chinese rappers mixing traditional Confucianism with gangster aesthetics. Smart companies are the ones that embrace the chaotic fluidity and look past the rhetoric on both sides.