Sinophobia- Fear of Chinese, Chinese culture

It is thought that fireworks and martial arts are exports from China. Theirs is a large land with many people – an exotic world of snow and jungle – congested city streets and rice paddies – sophisticated arts and savage beasts. The complexity of this culture has some in fear – the phobia is known as Sinophobia.

The fear may originate in books and movies created fictionally to exaggerate the use of martial arts in Chinese culture. It may have been introduced by a well-meaning relative who suffered from a sense of prejudice. Their sense of caution translated into your personal fear.

This fear may mean you stay away from Chinese restaurants or festivals involving the Chinese culture. It may even be uncomfortable if not impossible to watch movies or documentaries in which the Chinese culture is featured. Other symptoms may include dry mouth, air hunger, elevated heart rate, sweating, trembling, weeping, screaming, panic attack and nausea.

Attending a Chinese festival with someone you are comfortable with can allow you to quietly observe the event without a strong need to involve yourself. This can be a strong behavioral step in helping you see a bigger picture of the culture you may fear.

If you couple this with therapy you may find a change of mind in relation to the fear you have experienced. You may even be able to find a place where the fear is minimized while you gain an appreciation for a culture you once feared.