for maybe Sichuanese and (Inner) Mongolians, Chinese aren't really
the fist fighting type. Of course a fight breaks out every second
in a country of 1.3 billion, but relatively speaking, most Chinese
will yell and point and have the neighbors gather before they let
fly with the fists and low-cut black dress shoes.
if you would like to see Chinese fight, use "Taiwan" and "independent"
in the same sentence. It will not fail.
elections coming up next March and a referendum on the name of "the
place" slotted as task number one if the incumbents take it, there
has been a lot of grumbling on the Mainland side and a lot of speculation
throughout the journalistic world as to whether or not the General's
comments or reason will prevail in Beijing.
with the Democratic
Progressive Party's defeat in the legislature this week, Taiwan's
President Chen Shui-bian and his supporters, if victorious in March,
will most likely continue to aggravate Beijing – to the dismay of
a preoccupied USA and the whole Asia-Pacific region in general.
have no patience for discussion on the issue of Taiwan. Taiwan is
a part of China, with or without the blessings of history and modern
Superpowers and all non-believers will be met with violence.
an American, choice and the will of the people seem to be the rational
course of action concerning Taiwan – regardless of what happens
on our home front, Americans project a sunny value system onto other
countries from our perch on high. A friend and successful businessman
with extensive dealings with Taiwanese explained it to me this way:
Chinese have a history of 5000 years. For Americans, with only a
history of 200 years, it may be difficult to understand our mindset.
In America, a son is encouraged to leave the home early and lead
an independent life away from the family. Not so in China, a son
must respect the wishes of his family."
so the errant son with his new buddies on the other side of the
tracks (or ocean) will eventually have to return home and reconcile
himself with his parents. This view may represent the view of many
as a good American, I bring up the issue of freedom and how the
ruling Nationalist Party was corrupt
and oppressive and how the new government in Hong Kong incited
the biggest demonstration
in Hong Kong in years with its heavy-handed approach to national
security. And only friendship and tolerance for the deluded laowai
keep me from getting jumped by a group of forty-something Chinese
and their wives.
may be no response to that argument, as China still is quite oppressive
in many areas, except for the patented flip: "There is corruption
everywhere, even in your America" or perhaps the "China is a developing
country, we are in transition." Transition is used to explain away
dysfunctional road lights, blind and sadistic drivers, rampant gambling
and prostitution, corruption, hot water and electricity failures
and so on. And can one put such heavy demands on a nation with a
5000-year old tradition of Emperors and the cronies that served
them. Chinese respect power and with a country this big and this
populous, a symbolic and powerful ruler helps to maintain order.
the same vein, the first Emperor of China is remembered as clearly
as this afternoon's noodles. The recent epic Hero
depicts the self-sacrifice of an assassin from a doomed country
in the name of Tian Xia – all under heaven. This concept
is as old as China and just as resilient. In modern times, all under
heaven encompasses Taiwan and Chinese will sacrifice all in the
name of reunification. And every emperor from Qin
Shi Huang to Hu Jintao has made it his primary objective to
unite all of China under one banner.
in words and deeds – which, by the way, had as much to do with
indiscretions in Xian and Zhuhai
as with Taiwanese