There are two Chinas – the one put out for public view, and the other one, the real China. The unreal China is the one they want to be real but isn’t. Under the glitz is a very old, unchanging China. It is almost totally opposite of America.

The 1st China is Communist, not native to China, a fabrication of dictators who promised to rid a war torn and impoverished land of warlords and landlords and became a new tyrannical generation of arrogant warlords and landlords. Great national energy keeps this fabrication alive. The penalty for ignorance of the public is extended ignorance of the leaders as well. Illegitimate authority is chronically fearful which accounts for the blanket of ignorance and censorship.

The other China is the “enduring” one, by no means compliant but tolerating. Every means to make changes has been removed; no guns, no information, no Tweets, and little internet. Wild assumptions about the rest of the world influence public thinking. It is a truism; education is expensive but ignorance costs a good deal more. Will we ever see the end of this divided nation?

This is the China Century – all of us must know her.


6 responses to “About

  1. I just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog! I have only read a small amount so far, but it is full of wonderful information and amazing insights! I was actually able to go and teach English there, about 2 years ago, for a couple of weeks. I absolutely fell in love with the people and the culture. Since then I have seriously thought about going back soon for a year long commitment. Sadly, I need to pay off a majority of my student loans before I feel comfortable enough to go. Anyway, all this to say you have really re-ignited my desire to actually make this happen! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks Alex for the comments. I too want to return to China but the lousy economy here prevents that and the drought in China is a downer too. They are having problems with the food supply. It can mean problems for the visitor and there will be more thieves and con men on the streets too. SOOOO glad you cn profit from my experiences. Hope you will let me know when you start your own blog. Every part of China is so different and yet so samey too.

  2. Omg, thank you so much for reply to me. I didn’t expect you would spend so much time replying back and I’m glad you do. Just alittle about me before I start. My grandparents from my mothers side were both factory workers, my grandfather use to be a 中校 (Lieutenant Colonel) in the “communist army”. He left the army after my grandmother died of lung cancer. In his words, the communist party didn’t give a crap about him after he left. He found a job as a factory supervisor thanks to contacts in the army but currently has a pension of around $800 rmb a month. My mother became a teacher. Currently she heads the AIG Life Insurance sector in Australia earning enough money for her to carelessly buy her Mercedes E350 for 150k USD. We really have God to thank for all our fortunes. My grandparents from my fathers side were both university lecturers(they have a healthy retirement pension of around $8000 rmb combined every month). My father became a chemical engineer after studying in one of China’s top universities but left for Australia because of the promise of new dreams. He found that the Western World was nowhere as glamorous as it had been made out to be, with his poorer English skills inhibiting him from even finding a job of his profession. He got his masters and then phd in computers(I’m not sure which area) and eventually was offered several positions. The migrant experience is extremely difficult, more so than what you were put through and it is thanks to God today that my family is at where we are. Dad
    is currently a project manager at ASX, which is the Australian Stock exchange.A few years ago, he worked in Shengzhen for a ink company, as the project director, heading the expansion of an ink company called Pacific Inks. They had wanted to open manufacturing in China due to cheaper production and labor costs and my Dad essentially got the job because of his mastery of Chinese and English, being essential. He had many Americans and Australians working under him. From the stories he told me, in China as a foreign investor, he lived like a king. Bureaucrats were inviting him everywhere, begging him to invest further in the city. He did find Chinese laws quite irritating, especially that 120 rule for his visa. He told me that he took trips to Hong Kong. I was very surprised that my dad had become a “foreigner” in China. He quit his job, returning to a job in Australia at half the pay he would of received working in China as mum earned plenty of money and did not like the family being separated. I am currently almost 18(yes very young and much to learn still), having been raised in China until I was 4 and a half before moving to Australia and hence receiving purely Western education. My whole family are Presbyterian, having been introduced to God through the kindness of the local Asian church communities of that time. I frequently visit my home town of Fujian (around south east of China, very close to Shanghai) almost every year to see my grandparents. I remember being very annoyed at the customs because they I felt like they treated me like a traitor at the airport, just because I filled my forms in English and I had a foreign passport even though I looked as Chinese as them(although I was dressed from head to toe in Adidas =.= American consumerism eh?).

    I have always know textbooks are a real problem in China. In regards to movies, most people either watch them online or go to a piracy dvd store to buy/hire a copy (piracy has really taken off in China). I remember that for The Quiet American, the director attempted to have it’s first screening in Saigon in a Hollywood style opening night with all the big starts like Michael Caine turning up. He was hoping to introduce the cinema culture into Asian culture but was shattered when he found hundreds of copies of The Quiet American taped with video recorders hours after the opening screening. He was faced with the problem of poor Vietnamese citizen either watching the movie in Cinemas or buying a shoddy pirated copy for half the price. Almost every American movie or popular tv show can be brought pirated in China so I don’t think getting movies are a big problem. The problem is that no one wants to buy Beethoven when they can be watching the next action flick.

    For the Chinese, I don’t think they’ve quite accepted black people. I know that whilst both my parents adore Obama, they view him as a special case. I remember when I was little my parents told me not to do drugs, smoke, gamble and marry black people. I wouldn’t call them racist but it seems it’s the “psyche of a nation”.

    You are right about never laugh at the bureaucracy. It’s fine in a democracy ( I take for granted my habit of laughing at politicians), but when it’s the Chinese government, it’s best to get on their better side.

    My grandmother is Presbyterian like I am. It may be because of the different regions in China but I know her church experiences alot of freedom while many churches don’t. One very important point I’ve learnt is that everything takes it’s own time. When I was younger, I use to shove religion down my mum’s throat. Basically I tried forcing her to be perfect. The more I did that, the more she started turning away from Church. Eventually as I grew older, I became more understanding and just prayed to God and let time take it’s course. God has his own plan for everyone and she eventually returned to Church again.

    I do find your blog extremely interesting because I’ve never faced that kind of treatment. Not yet adult, I am protected by my family and I am fluent in Chinese and English. When I go back to China, people realise I’m not quite Chinese but I don’t face the same attitude they have towards foreigners. I think they look down on you if you don’t follow their image of Americans. Men in business suits loaded with money and CEO of companies investing in the future China.

    I thank you again for reading and replying to my comments. There are many problems with China yet and in it’s past. My mother once cried when as a child, I asked her what happened in Tienanmen Square. There is much censorship and less individual freedom but I wanted to point out to people that it’s not as bad as you think and that there needs to be understanding of current events.

    I am not too sure about how difficult it is to leave China. My parents certainly didn’t have a $50k deposit but they immigrated in the early 90s. My parents have been trying to get relatives over to Australia and from what I’ve heard, the Chinese government isn’t the ones that are making it difficult to leave. It’s the Australia government that are making it difficult to immigrate. In the end, we ended up buying the way to Australia for my grandparents, paying a $200k AUD investment deposit for my grandparents to have a 3 month holiday here. I don’t know if that’s the case with America.

    Also, bribes and connections have become a somewhat accepted part of China. We call them “red packets”. Or sometimes you just invite people to an extravagant dinner costing thousands of rmb. My granddad recently needed to go see a doctor but was denied because of the giant waiting lines and no hospital beds being avaliable. My mum made a call to a old classmate, called in a favor of hers and told my granddad to give a “red packet” of approx $2000 rmb and he immediately received the care and attention of the doctors. A whole room normally for two also managed to open up to him for his private use, even though he was told early every room was full… My parents tell me that if I want to survive in China, I’ll need money or connections which can be brought with money.

    • Taking some time off I wanted to reply to your comments since you spent so much energy on writing them.
      1. May I correct some grammar. A lot is 2 words not alot. Carelessly in this context does not make sense; carelessly means not paying attention to details or taking enough time to do a good job.
      2. $50,000 down payment I believe only applies to trips to the USA. And you are right, it is more the problem of nations letting people in. Did you know that I could not emigrate to Australia because of my age?
      3. I do not believe that the USA glamorizes itself; I think people have false images of life here because they watch movies. People who make movies trade in excitement. Real life is always a daily business and most of us want to keep the excitement down. Many people are disappointed in America, but what are they looking for? Our national specialty is personal freedom and many people can’t handle that, or don’t want to.
      4. It sounds as though you have a happy, good home. International statistics show that a stable home life is more often a predictor of success than brains or money. That in fact may be one of the reasons Asians do better in school. But many homes in China in the upper classes which I met were not happy. Too much money and too much free time can be a trap.
      5. The treatment I get in China is not really a problem; it is part of the cost of doing business. I don’t expect the Chinese to behave the way I do.
      6. China is all about conformity so of course when you show up as a “foreigner” they do not like it – after all you are not one of them anymore. Possibly they are also jealous of your freedom which they do not have. The demand for conformity is common to dictatorial societies and shows a fundamental weakness.
      7. My friends and I are not part of a denomination; our presentation is around the Bible, because we can leave the Bible with any group and they can gain what they need ti know about God from that. I started out as a Presbyterian myself, because my family was Scots-England based in heritage. But one’s ethnic background means little here now.

  3. You have a very interesting blog and I do feel sorry for all the difficulties you faced in China.

    • I certainly hope my difficulties don’t look like a burden. I just want my readers to know what Chinese life is like.

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