What does China see?

– A Chinese friend of mine, who’s been here in the U.S. for over 15 years, told me the other day that Americans really know very little about China or its motives or history. I found his comments interesting, educational and more than a bit enlightening.

– He’s still deeply angry over Tiananmen Square. But he’s also mad about a lot of the stuff going on now vis-a-vis Tibet and the claims in the American press that all the Chinese that come out and demonstrate for China and the Olympics are just paid stooges of the Chinese government.

I’ve written my share here on Samadhisoft about problems in China and I’ve also written recently on Immigration and Assimilation. Both of these are hot topics and can easily lead to hurt feelings and misunderstandings. But, if I seem to pick on China, it’s only because she’s so big. The U.S. and many other countries come in for their share of criticism here as well.

– And, as for the Immigration and Assimilation discussion, it is not directed at rejecting the folks who want to move to a new country. Rather, it is directed at pointing out that the folks in the receiving countries have a right to decide who they want to share their country with.

– Here’s a poem written by a Chinese which expresses a lot of what things look like from the Chinese side and the points it makes are well worth thinking about:

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When we were the Sick Man of Asia,
we were called The Yellow Peril.
When we are billed to be the next Superpower,
we are called The Threat.
When we closed our doors,
you smuggled drugs to open markets.
When we embrace Free Trade,
you blame us for taking away your jobs.
When we were falling apart,
you marched in your troops and wanted your fair share.
When we tried to put the broken pieces back together again,
Free Tibet you screamed, It Was an Invasion!
When we tried Communism, you hated us for being Communist.
When we embrace Capitalism, you hate us for being Capitalist.
When we have a billion people,
you said we were destroying the planet.
When we tried limiting our numbers,
you said we abused human rights.
When we were poor, you thought we were dogs.
When we loan you cash, you blame us for your national debts.
When we build our industries, you call us polluters.
When we sell you goods, you blame us for global warming.
When we buy oil, you call it exploitation and genocide.
When you go to war for oil, you call it liberation.
When we were lost in chaos and rampage,
you demanded rules of law.
When we uphold law and order against violence,
you call it violating human rights.
When we were silent, you said you wanted us to have free speech. When we are silent no more,
you say we are brainwashed-xenophobics.
Why do you hate us so much, we asked.
No, you answered, we don’t hate you.
We don’t hate you either, but, do you understand us?
Of course we do, you said, We have AFP, CNN and BBC’s…
What do you really want from us?
Think hard first, then answer…
Because you only get so many chances.
Enough is Enough, Enough Hypocrisy for This One World.
We want One World, One Dream, and Peace on Earth.
This Big Blue Earth is Big Enough for all of Us.

– To the source of this poem:

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One Response to “What does China see?”

  1. Bruce says:

    >Rather, it is directed at pointing out that the folks in the receiving countries >have a right to decide who they want to share their country with.

    I’m not so sure about this…

    I was at a talk at Lincoln University where a regional increase in population was being discussed, and there was some NIMBY sentiment. There was a well worded reply that I can’t do justice to here, to the effect that if you don’t want any additional people in your community, then you yourself must agree to a) no more than 2 kids each (and at a later age if advances in medicine etc. increase lifespan), and b) agree never to leave where you live. Taken to it’s logical conclusion, I figure that means the same house for the same family, forever.

    Maybe that’s extreme, but you see the point I hope, which is that other people deserve the rights you are willing to grant yourself.