Eurocentrism descibes the irrational prejudice if over-valuing all people and things European or European by origin and undervaluing all people and things Asian or Asian by origin.


  • In the powerful documentary Hearts and Minds, Gen. William C. Westmoreland says, "Well the Oriental, doesn't put the same high price on life, as does the Westerner. Life is plentiful, life is cheap in the Orient. And ah, ... as the, ... ah, philosophy of the Orient, ah, expresses it, ah, life is, ah, ... not important."
  • In a May 6, 2002 article in the Weekly Standard entitled "Hegemony, Not Empire" Kimberly Kagan descibes the pax Romana during the "reign of Trajan (A.D. 98-117), when no other state could challenge its military might." Her embarssingly parochial perspective ignores the existence of contemporary imperial states in Asia. Roman Emperor Trajan was unable to challenge his contemporary counterpart in China, the Eastern Han Dynasty Emperor Liu Zhao 劉肇 (A.D. 89-105), who ruled a state comparable in territory and population, and superior in culture.

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  • Australian anthropologist Patrick Wolfe describes it as Occidocentrism to encompass European settlement of the Americas and Australasia. (See Patrick Wolfe. 1999. Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology: The Politics and Poetics of an Ethnographic Event. London: Cassell.)
  • Ethnocentrism

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