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Daring to absorb Western media with respect to China...
My love, interests, and respect for China originated and continue to originate from western media. 25 years of news, documentaries, books, all produced by westerners and delivered in western fashion propelled me to open heart and mind to China.
It has been western media that has made China human for me - you can't genuinely love someone or something that is manufactured. I couldn't love China if the extent of what I viewed or read about China was a series of declarations by the Pentagon about "who should be afraid of this" or being repeatedly told daily by the CPC that the world is destined to be "harmonious". These are manufactured sentiments that are so thoroughly dismissive of the blood, organs, nerve endings, internal and external forces evident in human existence that they have no relevance to what China's people have in common with anyone else that isn't Chinese - those things that don't have to be broadcast by any media and simply are because they are.
Western media has delivered for me these basic elements of life as they are experienced by Chinese people - it isn't about positive and negative - it's about life - indeed, western media got me off my bum and overseas so that I could experience real Chinese people on real Chinese landscape - and I saw and interacted with all kinds of positive and exciting humanity that showed me nothing remotely related or connected to "let's build a harmonious world" or "who's got the bigger tanks and ships" or "let's see how miserable and angry we can get about intellectual and racial divides between China and U.S.".
If I restricted my views of China to what has been presented to me by Chinese media, I'm certain I would be feeling that the greatest drive of a human being of Chinese origin is to simply replace what isn't Chinese with something or someone that is such that the world isn't so messy or inconvenient to one's cultural sensibilities.
The world is a messy place - I daily live in this mess and I thank the western media for delivering me huge amounts of positive and negative energy about this mess form so many perspectives that assault my cultural sensibilities - these sensibilities, as a result, have expanded to include a love for China that only China can take away now. Western media and/or government is quite satisfied with my love for China and to date, has not asked me at any point to stop loving China.
I'm grateful to the western media for allowing me to experience some lives of China's people such that I don't harbor any sentiments about wanting to replace them with myself - I want there to remain a nice mess of human beings on the planet that all take joy in waking up to live another day and only get miserable about being seriously sick or dying.
I'm confident China's media can some day recognize a value that it's people already recognize instinctively when they wake up in the morning each day to daily living: life as life is valuable. The people of Harbin breathing, talking, selling, buying, cooking, eating, complaining, arguing - they are harmonious because they are in discord and exist. They are, in this manner, identical to the people of New York City.
That leader which desires to rise peacefully will opt to connect a Harbin and a New York City without replacing their respective contents - and that leader will have a media that is comprised of very human individuals who jump to experience both places to experience humanity that isn't manufactured.