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Small Countries Breathe Sigh of Relief…?

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, April 23, 2007

According to the South China Morning Post, one of the better newspapers in the region, China is taking the lead in re-energising the “Asian values” debate.

In particular, I liked this quote:

“The right of a country to choose independently its path of development and follow its domestic and foreign policies… should be respected,” [Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People’s Congress] said. “Big countries should respect small ones, the strong should support the weak and the rich should help the poor.”

I’m sure China’s neighbours rest easier at nights now, knowing how much China respects them.

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China’s New ‘Property Rights Law’…

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, April 23, 2007

Thanks to Roland for translating this article.

Excerpt:

With the Property Rights Law that has just been passed in the background, more than 300 households have just been forcibly evicted. The process occurred over more than one months’ time and the site is in the bustling city center of Foshan. These “scavengers” knocked down doors and walls in enter into people’s homes to take other people’s properties and assets. Sometimes, they did not even care if the household members were present and they robbed and vandalized the homes. Is this still a society under the rule of law? Or are these chaotic times during wartime?

The police explanation of the “scavengers” seems to be the most absurd thing ever. If the police assert that these several hundred “scavengers’ had been able to go undeterred in their crime spree in the center of a major city such as Foshan over the course of one whole month, then the police are guilty of serious dereliction of duty, malfeasance or even being an accessory in crime.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. You’d be a fool to believe any differently.

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Analysis of “Prison Break” From the Perspective of Marxist-Leninism

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, April 23, 2007

Thanks to Hegel Chong (and Roland at EWSN) for finding this:

This TV drama talks about an American young petty bourgeois helping his elder brother framed to jail to escape and (possibly) acquit the charge. It sharply criticizes the evil rule of the capitalist class and attacks the darkness and hypocrisy of the capitalist legal system. It deeply reveals the inevitable historical trend of the capitalist system towards extinction.

The team of escapees is definitely a revolutionary army of fighting against the capitalist system and legal authority. But the team members vary in their purposes and their backgrounds are extremely complicated.

Lincoln is a righteous and good-hearted unemployed proletariat. In order to support his brother’s study, he borrowed from loan shark. It resulted in being exploited by the accomplice of the capitalist class. He was forced to back murder charge and was put to the row of death penalty. He had given up on all resistances against his injustice fate. But with the encouragement by his younger brother, he picked up the pieces and steadily walked on the revolutionary road.

Michael is a highly educated petty bourgeois intellectual. His job was highly paid and very decent. He enjoyed the life of abundance but emptiness until he realized the truth that his brother was set up. He knows clearly the true nature of the dictatorship of the capitalist class. He determined to abandon his petty bourgeois life of luxury and help his brother to get rid of the charge. In the process of escape, he turned into an outstanding revolutionary leader of proletarian revolution and a strong force in the process of revolutionary escape. But due to the complication and difficulty of revolutionary struggles, Michael cleverly adopted the strategy of united front to recruit people from different class backgrounds in solidarity and effectively expanded the revolutionary base.

At the same time, Michael had been threatened by the internal conflict and split within the revolutionary army all the time. He kept alert to the dangers of revisionism and capitulationism. Michael’s political line was fundamentally correct until the first episode of the second season. He united the majority and decisively cleared the traitor (the petty thief) out of the revolutionary army. He appropriately settled down the struggles between different political lines within the party (t-bag vs. Abruzzi). But thereafter, how to guarantee the correct way of revolution is a long-term mission for Michael and a great challenge to his political wisdom.

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Veronica is a petty bourgeois lawyer. For sense of justice and friendship, she worked very hard in searching for evidence to help her former lover Lincoln. She relied on the capitalist legal system to clear Lincolin of charges. But the cruel reality relentlessly smashed her innocent idea into pieces. When an FBI agent pointed a gun towards her, it demonstrated the complete bankruptcy of the wishful thinking of the petty bourgeois who hoped to actualize social justice through political reform. In order to achieve justice and fairness, one has to join the violent revolution. Reformism is not going to work in America.

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Miss Egypt

Posted by MyLaowai on Sunday, April 22, 2007

A few years ago I met the most beautiful woman on Earth. Damn, she was hot! I’d have crawled across a mile of broken glass on my hands and knees just to stand in her shadow, and I still remember her as clear as if it were yesterday. She was living in Australia, but she was Egyptian. I met her in Perth, though she lived in the Eastern states.

Sigh.

Anyway, I’ve noticed that Egyptian girls tend to be stunning. With that in mind, have a look at this. Consider it my Page Three offering…

Update: Link now broken. Sorry folks.

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Colours with Chinese Characteristics

Posted by MyLaowai on Sunday, April 22, 2007

Here’s a nice little story about a couch that was made in China, which had a tag on it saying that the colour was ‘Nigger Brown’.

“Something more has to be done. We don’t just need a personal apology, but someone needs to own up to where these labels were made, and someone needs to apologize to all people of colour”

Big deal. I am quite prepared to accept that this is a case of poor translation by people who are too proud to actually hire native speakers to QC their work. I’m also quite willing to accept that this is a frivolous lawsuit. That said, however, consider this:

What would be the reaction of The Chinese People if an imported product in China was labelled as being ‘Chink Yellow’? Frankly, I reckon there’d be a national uproar and hysterical demands for apologies to All The Chinese People.

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China No Threat To Others

Posted by MyLaowai on Friday, April 20, 2007

China pursues a road of peaceful development and will not pose any threat to other countries in the world, said Cai Wu, minister of the Information Office of the State Council on Friday.

“China was not, is not and will not be a threat to other countries,” Cai told the Sino-Germany Media Forum in Berlin.
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At the risk of sounding somewhat like a Doubting Thomas…

Tibet, East Turkestan, Russia, India, South Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Taiwan may differ. And that’s just in the last 55 years. Add to that list the literally dozens of nations that had revolutionary groups who were armed with Chinese weapons, or who currently face organisations such as the PLA who now have state-of-the-art Chinese anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles…

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Beijing Institutes Queuing Day

Posted by MyLaowai on Friday, April 20, 2007

The 11th of every month in Beijing is to be “voluntarily wait in line” day as the city attempts to eradicate queue-jumping before next year’s Olympics, a city official said on Wednesday.
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You’re kidding, right? Why change 5,000 years of Superior Chinese Culture?

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Why Smoking is Good For You

Posted by MyLaowai on Friday, April 20, 2007

I have a good friend here who was born and grew up in a quiet, rural part of the United States. The first two years he lived here, were spent teaching at a university in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province (the home province of the dictator, Mao Zedong). The air in Changsha is not good – I’ve been there myself enough times to know. The city is cut in half by a river, across which there are three bridges spaced out over approximately three kilometres. On a clear day, from the middle bridge, you can make out both the others, through the haze. On an average day, you can make out only the nearer of the two. On a bad day, you can just about see past the end of the car you are in. There are many, many days that are not ‘clear’.

After two years, my friend relocated to Shanghai, though as he was in desperate need of some civilisation, he first spent a few weeks back home in the US. Because he was going back to China for an indefinite period of time, he decided to pay a visit to his family doctor and get a quick check-up. The doc gave him a complete physical and pronounced him fit, though my friend was warned to quit smoking. He, naturally, laughed and told the doc he hadn’t smoked a single cigarette in his life (though he did once share a cigar with me one Christmas). The doc looked at him and said earnestly that, although my friend might be able to fool his family and himself, he couldn’t fool a doctor, and that the two packets he was smoking daily were bound to catch up with him sooner or later. When my friend then explained that he’d been living in China, the doc sighed and nodded in understanding.

My friend returned to China a couple of weeks later, this time to the bright lights of modern, developed Shanghai. The first thing he noticed was how bad the air was, compared with Changsha. He hadn’t suffered much in Changsha, but Shanghai air definitely did not agree with his lungs. It wasn’t so much the coal dust and sulphur dioxide, it was more the cocktail of noxious industrial fumes that had him coughing up lung butter. Two years later he is still in Shanghai, and his cough hasn’t gotten much better.

I live in an area of Shanghai that is far from the city centre. My apartment is located at the top of a high-rise building, and I have an excellent view. Or at least, I would have, but for the smog that blankets the city. There are days when I can barely make out the next building, only a hundred metres away. I see blue sky on only a handful of days every year, and I remember seeing stars only once in the entire time I have lived here.

Quick facts: 25% of the air pollution over Los Angeles comes from China. It drifts across the Pacific, passing over Hawaii and raising temperatures there on the way past. A report released in 1998 by the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that of the ten most polluted cities in the world, seven can be found in China (now 16 of the top 20). Due to industrial production alone, sulphur dioxide (21 million tons per year), smoke-filled dust (4 million tons per year) and suspended particulate matter (13 million tons per year) result in acid rain, which now falls on about thirty percent of China’s total land area. The increase in global-warming gases from China’s coal use will probably exceed that for all industrialized countries combined over the next 25 years, surpassing by five times the reduction in such emissions that the Kyoto Protocol seeks. The sulphur dioxide produced in coal combustion alone poses an immediate threat to the health of China’s citizens, contributing to about 400,000 premature deaths a year. In 2002, the State Environment Protection Administration found that the air quality in two-thirds of 300 cities it tested failed World Health Organisation standards – yet emissions from cars are only just now starting to have an effect. Globally, China is one of the world’s leading contributors to climate change, ozone depletion, and biodiversity loss.

I am a smoker. My favourite brand is made in China, and it is both mild and inexpensive. Despite what I know of the habit, I find it does relax me and I’ve always enjoyed smoking whilst sipping on my favourite martini at the end of the day. The nicest thing about a cigarette, though, is that it has this filter on the end. It’s the only way to get clean air in this town.

The water is a more serious matter…

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Doc Laowai’s Celestial Elixir

Posted by MyLaowai on Friday, April 20, 2007

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The Great Outdoors. Sort Of.

Posted by MyLaowai on Friday, April 20, 2007

A while back I went hiking up mountain and down stream with a group of Chinese in Anhui. It certainly is a beautiful country in parts, and once you get away from the pollution and the cities with all the screaming hordes things don’t seem quite so bad. It also gives one a better opportunity to reflect on the whys and wherefores of this otherwise incomprehensible place, especially when walking in what are undoubtedly beautiful mountains.

It is really quite funny observing the way in which Chinese deal with problems, deal with each other, and deal with the usual trivialities of life. Maybe some of this is obvious to you, so forgive me for stating the obvious, but maybe you will also find it amusing, at least I hope so.

To start with, there is this philosophy of always being right and everyone else always being wrong. I don’t actually have a problem with that per se, in fact this is the case almost everywhere, but the folk here carry it to extremes. Even the tiniest traffic accident, a mere scratch or ding, and that’s it! Everyone is out of the car and shouting and shouting and shouting. No one is actually listening, and no one actually is trying to establish the facts, they are all just saying how wrong the other guy is. And they keep on doing it all day. A busy main highway comes to a complete standstill for hours because they don’t even move the cars off to one side of the road. The purpose of the police is to a/ tell someone they are in the wrong and b/ collect a bribe from the person who was in the right.

This is seen elsewhere too, for example when you are halfway up a mountain and leading a group of Chinese and you stop to ask which path they think is best. 20 minutes later you just have to make up your own mind and walk off. They will never do this, it would never occur to them, because if the path they choose is not the best, then everyone else would tell them how wrong they were. All Chinese want to be leaders, but no Chinese ever lead if they have the chance to follow. It is quite interesting. They hate the idea of being responsible for anything. You simply cannot get anything resembling teamwork here, but try bullying them and they will love you, as it takes the responsibility away and lets them get on with thinking how right they are and how wrong you are and how they could do a much better job anyway. Hilarious to watch it in action. A number of times I put one of the others in charge and hence in the lead, but it was literally only minutes before they found an excuse to stop and let me in front again. Without me in front setting the pace the furthest we got without stopping was about 200 metres, and the furthest we got without a meal break was about 1 Km. The Chinese love their food.

The place we went to was poor and rural. They had never seen hikers before – sleeping outside by choice was an idea very alien to them. And I’m pretty sure I was the first foreigner to visit the place in living memory, perhaps ever. We followed the line of the river, up and down hills etc, but generally up into the mountains. We kept seeing little houses that were gawd only knows how many generations old. One old guy came out of his hut when he heard us and asked if we were his relatives, because no one else would go that far into the back of beyond for any other reason than to visit family, and maybe not even then.

I found that the peasants were bloody nice people. Maybe in some ways they still were very closeminded, but they were a lot more honest and trustworthy than any Chinese I have met in Shanghai, and a lot more willing to smile. I have seen so little of the milk of human kindness since I have been here that I was starting to think Chinese hearts were made from coal, but it is clear now that the poorest of them are actually decent folk.

But, the most striking thing I have noticed here is the pollution: no matter where you look there is pollution. Part of this is industrial waste and effluent, pumped direct into the river, part is noise (Chinese are incredibly noisy!), but most is just rubbish dropped in the street or water or restaurant. And spit, I honestly believe spitting is the national sport. There is spit on everything, even the carpet in 5 star hotels is covered with gob. After a while you don’t notice the pollution as much (you never can forget the spitting though) but when you are in the relatively clean and therefore remote areas, it stands out like dogs bollocks. Anyone from a civilised country would just cry if they saw such beautiful wilderness littered with plastic bags and kerist knows what else.

For the record, Anhui is one of the poorest provinces in China. The capital, Hefei, has a population of around half a million. The women of Anhui are commonly found in the cities of other provinces, doing menial jobs such as housekeeping and baby-sitting. Female children from Anhui are often sold to criminal organisations for use as beggars, flower-sellers, prostitutes, or wives. According to one creditable report, the number of people in abject poverty in Anhui’s 19 officially designated ‘poor counties’ increased by more than 300,000 in 2003. Of growing concern is an extremely high gender ratio imbalance in young children: there are almost 130 boys aged 0-4 years for every 100 girls. Sex selective abortions are the main presumed culprit.

So there you have it, dear reader. The Great Outdoors. With Chinese Characteristics.

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