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Kunming attack - Terror group versus ethnic group in general

Popularity 4Viewed 5870 times 2014-3-4 23:51 |Personal category:Life Story|System category:News

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2014-03/03/content_17318083.htm

 

In the wake of the terrorist attack at Kunming, it is very easy to losely use terms such as Turkmenistan terrorist or Xinjiang terror group. In so doing it confuses the small terrorist group with the common people living in Xinjiang in general. By losely confusing with two distinct group of people, it is very easy to turn on anger against the rest of the common people living in Xinjiang who have got nothing to do with the terrorist activities.

 

It is important to make that distinction between the terror group and the people of Xinjiang. Most people wants to go about their everyday living without any major trouble or interruption. By stirring both group of people together, it is very easy to raise temper and resentment when there was none in the first place. By targeting the people in general with discriminatory practice will only serve to alienate the people. That will only help the terror group by increasing the common people anger against the government. That is why it is important to focus the attention on the small terror group as oppose to the general population at large. The military, the police, the government and the people in general needs to understand that.

 

You need to win over the heart and mind of the people.  Recklessly targeting anyone in general is not going to help with improving relationship. By making a key distinction between the small terror group and the rest of the population at large and building bridges with the latter group can you help build the foundation for a friendlier future relationship.

 

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Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-3-5 02:55
Agreed, it is unfortunate that we use labels to qualify terrorists as being X type terrorists   - like Islamic Militants while the vast majority of followers of Islam are peace loving.  I was in the USA at 9/11.  I saw how difficult life became there for innocent people from the Arab world for a while after that.
Reply Report Dr.Bill.Shen 2014-3-5 07:55
Well said. In today's news, president Xi has asked all media not to use any language detrimental to ethnic unity. All things are handled  under existing judicial system.
Reply Report voice_cd 2014-3-5 17:46
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Reply Report huaren2323 2014-3-8 23:46
Compassion not violence will ultimately win. They are people like us. There are problems for sure but violence is not the solution.
Great message carried by your article.
Reply Report juzunme 2014-3-10 03:14
ColinSpeakman: Agreed, it is unfortunate that we use labels to qualify terrorists as being X type terrorists   - like Islamic Militants while the vast majority of fo ...
Yes, Colin, discrimination just makes the minority more angry and wants to hit out more. Thus it's important not to further inflame such feelings. But it's hard to control feelings when people's emotion are high.
Reply Report juzunme 2014-3-10 03:17
Dr.Bill.Shen: Well said. In today's news, president Xi has asked all media not to use any language detrimental to ethnic unity. All things are handled  under existi ...
Hey Bill. Good to hear the President thinks that way. Hopefully when what the top says, the rest will follow
Reply Report juzunme 2014-3-10 03:17
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your story here! We have highlighted your story to the homepage.
Thank :) you. Good you are sharing some important message.
Reply Report juzunme 2014-3-10 03:20
huaren2323: Compassion not violence will ultimately win. They are people like us. There are problems for sure but violence is not the solution.
Great message carr ...
Hey Huaren, isn't there any religious or social group that will go around and promote some of these important messages about humanity and compassion. You need groups like that so that society will have a more balance view of things and not go to extreme.
Reply Report huaren2323 2014-3-12 01:15
juzunme: Hey Huaren, isn't there any religious or social group that will go around and promote some of these important messages about humanity and compassion.  ...
Hmmm..juzunme...let me attempt to respond to such a complex subject....I can just think of my Singapore experience.

Singapore is predominantly Chinese of Fujian, Teochew, Hainan and of course Keqia southern ethnic Chinese stock BUT their official language is Malay ( the National anthem <Majulah Singapore> is officially in Malay ), English its business language and Putonghua used in all mass media <by choice or coersion? to replace Cantonese or other ethnic Chinese dialects> Even among ethnic Chinese these close quarters rubbing can be quarrelsome so the Brits who brought them as coolly knew how to divide and rule. Singapore survived the Chinese ethnic Massacre in 1965 that spillover from neighboring Malaysia who wants to starve Singapore into submission from their exclusive federal constitution with the largest monarchy structure in the world ( nine sultans). Singapore also survive the 1960 s quarrel between Malaysia and Indonesia (Konfrontasi 1960s) and the Chinese ethnic cleansing in Indonesia in 1965 and then again 1997 where more than 10,000 ethnic Chinese were brutally raped and massacre with machete and bamboo sticks.

Yet in the popular media, we never see Singgapore to be living in the brink of abyss and religion freedom is practized..Muslim, Hindus, Buddhist, atheist,Catholics lived together.

I don't think organized religion is the answer. Look at neighboring India who gave the world Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism yet rape and abuse of women and fellow men is prevalent. Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in the world yet regular intra-ethnic cleansing is expected. The election is 2014 so beware.

If you use Singapore as a model then perhaps livelihood, security of tenure in jobs and dwelling, and rules of law and strict containment of corruption can be the answer.

I am commenting based on my experience living as an expatriate there for many years and having experience the inter-ethnic anguish felt by neighboring nations.

The attack in Kunming of recently and those during the 2008 Olympics and the recent Beijing Tian an Men square where a SUV rammed into a crowd of tourist are manifestation of clash of society and hidden injustice felt (rightly or wrongly) by the perpetuators. Revenge violence can be expected but that is not the answer either. If China can reached out with Confucius Institute to promote inter-cultural understanding then why not do similar in this Northwest region?

I am not promoting inaction and letting foreign forces foment trouble and this must be dealt with harshly but a accommodating/inclusive relationship that we can be so comfortable in eating their food, drinking their local wines and even intermarrying.

How many Han Chinese would take home their Uighur friends home to introduce to their parents as they would easily take a Laowai home?

I think the answer is much closer than we know.

Lastly, we have to examine our very own behavior. There may be some built-in bias of ethnic minorities within us that gets translated into unspoken action that tends to widen the gap of misunderstanding be they Uighur, Dai, Hmongs...

In the end, we needs to live like brothers and sisters and not just in our prayers. If we can sleep in the same hut, drink from the same well, eat from the same pot and even intermarry and be sensitive to others ( Han people <including myself> can be very annoying and intimidating..watch as we tour around the world in the horde of Hans...a finishing school wold do well for all)

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