A Journey of the Boxers Rebellion

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The Boxers were inconsiderably misunderstood by the foreigners because the foreigners thought the Boxers were unreasonable brutal xenophobia, but the Boxers were just being loyal to their country and wanted to resist against the western influence. From the Boxer’s point of view, they were frightened of the loss of Chinese culture, traditions, and lifestyle due to the intrusion of western culture. Additionally, Chinese people believed that the foreigners angered the god, as a penalty, there were a long-term drought lasted for 2 years. Meanwhile, Chinese Christians who were converted and influenced by the Westernization demonstrated disrespect and refused to pray to the Chinese god. Consequently, the Chinese decided to rise up against Christianity and foreign powers. However, according to Source A, western people saw the Boxers as “primitive xenophobia directed at the West and its civilizing religion, Christianity.” (The Economist, 2010). Truly, the massacre of all foreigners, including the diplomatic community could not be ignored. The attack led by Cixi caused “the legation quarter became an embattled fortress, subject to incessant attack cut of from outside contacts could.” (Cohen). But the Boxer’s intention were just to eliminate the Westernization in China, they were somewhat misguided patriots. “The McKinley administration worked with high-ranking Chinese officials who controlled southern and central provinces suppressed the Boxers and protected foreigners and their property. Together they established the myth that the Boxers were acting spontaneously, rebelling against the Chinese government as well as attacking foreigners.” (Cohen). Such myth intensified the misunderstanding upon the Boxers. Thus, the Boxers were somewhat misunderstood by the foreigners.


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