Newbie here, and maybe I've missed some fluff. From what I can tell, and the prose that CB uses to describe YJ leads me to think that CB doesn't see non-Westernized orientals as humans. Statements like (and I'm paraphrasing here because I don't have the book handy), "a system so depraved only the Chinese could come up with it," or something. Like, seriously? Is there something in the Chinese genome that makes them predisposed to horrific corruption? What about, "torture so excruciating, only the Spanish could conceive of it?" I hope I'm wrong and that I just got a bad first impression. As an American, I love the cute European stereotypes of our culture in USAriadna.