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Gosh darn, #271
"I just can't find a clear-cut answer to the title's question anywhere in the past five, six pages of innuendo, ad hominem attacks and Chinese superiority posturing. In other words: China's civilisation is at the level of schoolyard bully antics; the players are mostly Chinese living in exile, away from their proletarian compatriots, their spitting and jostling in the crowds."|
Well now, I get the feeling you talking to me. I hope you don't mind my giving you the answer, however. Yes, you're right, of course. Bully antics is what we use because that's all you understand, you see, like Iraq and Afghanistan, if you know what I mean. We understand that you'd prefer that we remain meek and mild so you can take advantage of us the way you take advantage of them on the mainland. You don't like your own medicine which we give back in kind? We learnt a lot over here, dude. We learnt how to be 'westernised; and 'uncivilised'.
"But we can empathise with those Chinese laowais overseas, feeling so bad (and not a little guilty too) because they managed to make it abroad, possibly through some murky guanxi and the provision of some crisp banknotes under a Chengdu teahouse table, and now in this big country called 'Abroad' they feel inferior, for reasons they alone may understand."
Oh, it's not that hard to understand at all. We just feel over here the way you feel over there....What's so hard about that...?
"Yes, it's a hard life for anyone who elects to leave their home country in search of something ideal or material his or her home country cannot provide in the desired quantity; the heart is constantly torn between the birth place and the adopted country."
Ah, you're beginning to show a generosity of spirit. You're finally learning. I'm happy for you! I encourage in that. It will make you a better person.
"So why do these patriotically starving souls stay on? Why don't they return to their native land that has finally climbed up so many steps in civilisation and is fast becoming like some of the world's most developed, most highly civilised, nations?
After all, China welcomes you. You can use your foreign-acquired skills quite profitably here. You could share your personal convictions and persuasions about the decadent West with eager, gullible and impressionable compatriots though I somehow doubt they would take all your opinions at face value just as we do not take much of what you are saying here at face value."
Thank you so much for your empathy! But a green card is so hard to get, you know. And with so many people in China already the government sure isn't encouraging migration to there, are they? Maybe with your influence with the PSB you can get me a 'green card'? That would be so nice... Oh, did I mention that I'll be back next week. Maybe you can buy me a bottle of pi jiu then...?
"After all, even China's laobaixing know too well through experience that the privileged and pampered tend to dye the yarn they spin with their eager mouths; people who enjoy no privileges and no guanxi are less likely to delude themselves about their imagined worldliness and sagacity."
Ah! You have finally discovered the truth about yourself, haven't you? What happened? Your students finally cottoned on to you and are beginning to call you an 'expat loser' behind your back...? Sighhhh, I feel your pain...I really do! You know how may times we're called 'chink' and worse over here...? I just know you feel our pain, too...
"China rising. Get used to it!"
[ Last edited by ganzhuolin at 2008-10-25 09:05 PM ]