Why it matters: When Chinese tourists commence to venture back out in to the world after COVID, U.S. gun violence may still keep them away, sending tourism dollars elsewhere and reducing on opportunities for cross-cultural exchange.
Details: In a survey of just one 1,000 Chinese adults, 57% of respondents cited violent crime as grounds they could avoid happen to be the U.S.
- A straight higher proportion of Chinese who expressed a prior fascination with planing a trip to the U.S. were worried about violent crime. 35% of respondents said these were interested in planing a trip to the U.S. and of these, 93% said concern with violent crime might dissuade them from going.
- Respondents who had found out about the Uvalde school shooting in-may were more prone to say gun violence was grounds to avoid happen to be the U.S. than were respondents who hadn’t heard about it.
Between your lines: Gun violence in the U.S. is shocking and newsworthy, but that isn’t the only real reason people in China are keenly alert to it.
- Gun violence in the U.S. often makes front-page news in China, where media points to the violence for example of a supposed link between chaos and democracy.
What they’re saying: The brand new survey data “implies that alarmist, consistent coverage of all violent items that happen in the U.S. may be influencing Chinese peoples thinking, with industry effects,” Scott Moskowitz of Morning Consult told Axios.