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Reply #42 convair1948's post
Thank you for the kind words, but there have been many truthful statements in this forum by many of its contributors, though perhaps they are buried under the current mire of nonsense and spam that has permeated our pages.
There is hope, yet.
It was pointed-out that once, not so long ago when this forum was new, that we had many, many civil discussions among a wide variety of participants. Some of us still contribute, some make an occasional appearance, many left when nasty flame wars and personal assaults became the ugly kind of norm that has now appeared to creep back in.
One ever-present difficulty here is that many Chinese readers are looking to improve their English language skills, but are hesitant to express themselves out of possible embarrassment for their attempts and for their exposure to possible abuse. They may read, but they may not contribute, and they may simply skip long and difficult essays.
And, of course, many westerners come in with an agenda -- thinking they know better than the Chinese and their government. This is a poor choice for them and they will soon enough find-out that we can civilly and handedly fire right back with unmitigated truth. Soon enough, they leave, taking their agendas with them. But our attempts have recently been thwarted with young men and boys of westernized notions bringing with them their very non-Chinese gun-slinging insults and childish nonsense from very poor informational sources and their uneducated notions of school-yard bravado.
Alternatively, we do occasionally hear from those westerners that have a genuine interest in China and the Chinese people, for them we have much to share about a very different culture and mindset, far different, perhaps, than that from which they have been fed from an ignorant and backward western media and certain western political powers.
China is alluring, and it has much to share with the world; but it is a subtler culture than most might imagine: it is not aggressive and domineering, as such, it takes some perseverance to understand, and a cursory glimpse just won't suffice.
Peace, understanding, acceptance and prosperity are achievable human goals!
[ Last edited by eightyeight at 2007-4-15 09:19 AM ]