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Originally posted by tekvicious at 2007-4-23 02:11
I am not treated like a superior citizen. In fact in any case that I have seen pitting a foreigner vs. chinese, it is assumed that the foreigner is wrong.
Here's just one tale...
I had a drunken idiot in a rage throw about 20 bottles at me and there were a number of my friends around me. I laughed at him,so he kept throwing. When the police arrived, they talked first to him and then came over to my table and said that he claimed I had hit him. I asked, "where?" and stood up. I was about 2x the size of the bottle throwing liar. I said, "He is wearing glasses...he would have a mark or something, no? I used to wear glasses..I know how it works."
The cop said..."good point. I believe you". Then he got in his car and drove off leaving us in a sidewalk full of broken glass.
You want more? I have many more..and I am just one guy who occasionally goes out, but keeps his eyes and ears open. ...
Yes, several cases, a tiny fraction from whole. What you encounter is the practice in the field, not the big picture.
You know how the foreigner department of the public security bureau, they full of scam and criminal records of foreigners in China. They've been told by authorities not to leak to the press about foreigner's misconduct.
Nigerian cheat scam (who already started from 1990's), Korean gang war, punch up between different countries nationalities even murder... you almost see none of these reported. There's just some of what I know in Beijing, Shanghai as a preferred destination should have more. You prefer several mistreatments you suffered to be reported, for you are angry about this? Or China should exercise full "press preedom" without preferential treatment? 2000 free scholarship doubled for particular region of students, since it's a national policy, could you expect those coming here will be all dilligent students? How the public security personnel will deal if there's any misconduct happened? They already received order, minimize the effect.
Preferential policy for what? It just happened that I pulled myself together in China. It was an age thing and a maturing process, not a preferential treatment issue. I am a relatively intimidating man of color in China. Trust me when I say...there is no preferential treatment being handed out to me.
At least 2000, now 4000 out of 7000 free scholarship extended by central government won't be agree with you.
China is not exercising discrimination in policy level, what you experienced is in field, in practice. You may not claim they intimidate you because of your color. There's still frogs in the well in China that still hold ages-old immature thinking that should be stopped.
I live and work close to research institution, out of the seven thousands scholarship for foreigners extended last year, the largest fraction goes to African student, a very small fraction go to the overseas Chinese, then the other countries received the rest. Could I see this is a very discriminate policy of China toward overseas Chinese? They have their own consideration, but not prejudice or discrimination.
Regarding business, just see how easy for you to set up factories and choose the land lot you want compared to the local companies, especially in the southern China.
I want people to look at everything as if it was totally reversed, that's all. Could you honestly expect different from the Chinese police had there been an 'uprising' in the "Italian quarter"?
If such things happen, freak white-dominated media like Associated press, Washington post bureau here will rush and make another damning report like those in Virginia. The first thing Chinese public security bureau will do is to calm down the riot and try to contact the embassy.
I'm sorry if you experience negative experience just because of your color, it shouldn't be like that. But you also have to trust me that it's not government policy. There's always naive frogs in every society.
[ Last edited by northwest at 2007-4-23 10:26 AM ]