Thank you to the ppl who've pvt. msg. me and given me karma regarding my postings. I didn't think my words would be particularly interesting and I'm very grateful for your responses. Thank you for taking the time to write, to inquire and comment. In China, we sometimes get the feeling that people outside don't make enough effort to find out more about us - instead relying on Bill O'Reilly, Keith Oberman and Dan Rather as gospel. I think the rest of the world is pretty uninformed about China. I also think China does a terrible job of communicating in English about itself.
Act23456, I can't claim to be the 'real' China, or a China expert - just one guy posting thoughts from a computer - and I hope my words are useful.
To share some thoughts that I've written in some of the pvt. messages: Myth 1: If I write something on the internet which is disparaging about China, I will immediately be rounded up, shot and forcibly castrated.
I've seen this written so many times in western press, sometimes China should be renamed "The Matrix". I don't know whether the government devotes a bazillion secret agents to read emails, blogs and websites every second. But how's this (in bold to catch all the filters, firewalls and special agent programs)Communism is not always the perfect government for society. There are some things that we should learn from Democracy. Within the Chinese Communist party, there are unfortunately some government officials who are corrupt, who embezzle, who are not looking after the common people's interests and we should make attempts to bring these people to light.
If you never hear from me again, then I've been eaten by a big Communist red guard Chairman Mao monster. OR, I will post another game to the Metaverse tomorrow and life will continue as normal. Myth 2: Tian Men Square shows that even today, China is an oppressive backward regime in which human rights are abused.
You'll find few people who will say that the Tian Men Square event of 1989 was a good thing. Any time there is rioting, soliders shooting, students getting hurt and killed - it's TERRIBLE. And we accept it was a terrible thing and many people did many bad things.
And what do we do with our mistakes? We learn. We learn to deal better with problems - to engage solution finding before things come to a head. We do our very best to make sure such things never happen again.
The students of 1989 were largely from the top two universities in China. These universities are the feeders to the Communist Party and Chinese government. It is highly probable that the students of 1989 are now middle-ranking officials of the government. What better way to evolve and improve than have the very people caught up in that disaster to be leading the way forward in the future?
Also, accepting that 1989 was a terrible time, let's recognise that 1989 was not yesterday. Some other things that happened in 1989 in the US and around the world:
1. George Bush Senior took over from Ronald Reagan to become president of the USA.
2. Salman Rushdie publishes the Satanic Verses
3. The Soviet Union (which still existed then) pulled out of Afgahnistan
4. Time Inc. and Warner Brothers merge to form Time Warner.
5. Rain Man wins best picture at the Academy awards.
6. Hulk Hogan defeats Randy Savage at Wrestlemania to become WWF (as it was called then) champion.
7. The Simpsons premiers on FOX (I note there's a thread on Stardock talking about how long wil the Simpsons go. Do we remember when the Simpsons BEGAN???)
Today, if you talk about Simpsons premiering, Hulk Hogan or George Bush Snr. being in power, that's a lifetime ago. But Tian Men Square still happened yesterday. I've seen the 'tank guy'. The WORLD has seen the 'tank guy'. Every time China pops up on CNN or BBC, you'll see the Great Wall, Chairman Mao and the 'tank guy'. We know it was a bad bad time. And we have had a lot of good good times too. Today, Tian Men Square is where couples hold hands and kiss, young parents push strollers with their baby and school children celebrate world environment day. It's not quite as 'permanently stained with the blood of matyrs' as one might think.
I guess sometimes I feel frustrated in the way you might feel if everytime you see the US on the news, you saw pictures of Lakota indians being shot by cowboys or african american slaves picking cotton in plantations. Myth 3. China likes producing low quality, dangerous, poor hygeine materials.
I agree that if you pay for low quality, you get low quality. China, in the past, has targetted the 'cheap is better' market. I read a report stating Chinese factories get paid about 0.0002 USD to make a barbie doll. That's 0.02 cents. Now to be upfront, I can't confirm the truth of that - and I'm sorry I can't provide a reference. I also don't know what barbies sell for in the US. But I do know that even if that's a lowball figure, let's say the real number is more like 2 cents a barbie, that doesn't leave a whole lot of profit margin to house a nice airconditioned factory, with health care, staff canteen etc.
In China, we know we need to improve our labour standards and quality. After all, WE are using those products too and these are OUR people! We don't want tainted medicine, barbies with lead or meat with steriods or our children working in dark mouldy caverns. And we also know that costs money. If our customers are not going to pay for that, we then struggle with how to improve standards at no additional expense. That goes for barbie or blood clot medicine or tyres or toothpaste.
The government is slowly implementing laws to improve working conditions. Spreading that over 1.3 billion people costs money and takes time. We've started improving things and they are better. By no means good...yes, we still have terrible sweat shops with awful conditions and employees not being properly paid... but it's better than it was yesterday. Myth 4: Chinese people don't like sex
Every time there's a sex survey by FHM, Playboy or Penthouse, the usual canon is that Italians and French are orgasmic walking sex-bombs, Americans Canadians and Australians are slightly above average and Chinese people need road maps to know what goes where.
There are 1.3 billion of us. We didn't grow out of a cabbage patch or get delivered by a stork. We were in fact having so much sex that we would soon run out of land and food!
Oh... but Chinese people have sex purely for procreation, not pleasure - because they are conservative and it is their tradition. Where does this come from? What planet are we Chinese from if we, all 1.3 billion of us, engage in sex purely to breed? Why is this belief that we don't like sex so accepted as truth?
Just my perspective