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Archive for July 26th, 2010

Creepy in China- China Claims all Those of Chinese Ancestry to Still Be Chinese

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 26, 2010


The Chinese are pretty creepy sometimes. They do odd things, stare, are passive aggressive, are abrupt and rude, but this one is probably one of the creepiest things they do.

‘Overseas Chinese’-

I do not know if they coined the term, but they sure love to use it. The term is ambiguous, but I am taken to believe that it means anyone with Chinese blood in them, irrespective of where they currently live. thus, if you have Chinese blood but have lived in the USA for 300 years, then you are overseas Chinese, according to China.

The communist controlled media loves to talk about overseas Chinese and what they have accomplished. There are a few problems with this:
1- By calling anyone of Chinese blood an Overseas Chinese, China in effect, is claiming this person as part of the motherland. For instance, the communist party has plead for ‘
overseas Chinese ‘ to pass the word on about China, how wonderful she is. The issue is that this means that a person who has lived in Germany, for example, for 600 years, is still an overseas Chinese and thus, according to the chicoms, must go forth and propagandize for the motherland- creepy or spooky?
2- My family, way back when, is from Europe, Germany, Ireland, and what is now Slovakia, and I have it on good stead that I am not Irish, nor German, nor a Slovak. I was told that because of the fact that 4 generations of my kin have lived in the US, I no longer deserve the moniker of an inhabitant of the land from which my ancestors came. I actually am ok with that, to me it is logical. I was born and raised in the US, and by my definition, I am an American.
What China is doing, in essence, is taking away the Americanism, or Germanism etc, of all of those wiht Chinese blood. It would be like Angela Merkel saying that I must talk about the great history of Germany and her culture, and likewise with Ireland, and Slovakia..
To date, I ahve recieved no such email nor heard of the land of my ancestors prompting me to exhort the greatness of that land, nor have they attempted to claim my identity by calling me an ‘overseas Irish’ or ‘Overseas Slovak’.
3-This is actually a disservice to many Americans of Chinese descent who do not want to be called Chinese, after all, they are Americans aren’t they? And my American friends who are of Korean, or Phillipino heritage, actually get angry if we do not call them an American etc.
Thus, by China doing this it shows her lack of security in China as a country, her overbearing need to control (a la big brother), her lack of understanding of the world and other cultures, and her general creepy behavior when they speak… Ok the last point was a little weak, but I am getting tired now, have posted too many blogs and my brain does not work. But, I think you get my point….

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Panda’s Rock! Panda Photo

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HK Chief Executive and wife visit giant pandas

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Chinese Compassion- Chinese Pissed At Man Who Attempted Suicide, He Disrupted their Commute and Inconvenienced Their Day

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 26, 2010


Read this exceprt, it is about 60% of the post as written. This is China, read this and yoiu understand them…. then see my take below…

BEIJING – Beijing’s subway system was disrupted briefly during Monday morning’s rush hour after a man jumped onto the tracks at a busy subway station.

The man, in his 30s, jumped off the platform onto the tracks at Tian’anmen East Station, near Tian’anmen Square in central Beijing, on Line 1 at 7:55 a.m., the Beijing Subway Company said

The line’s train services were immediately halted and did not resume until 8:11 a.m.The man suffered slight head injuries and was taken to hospital. Doctors said his injuries are not life threatening. Loudspeakers on the trains asked passengers to wait patiently and not to panic.

Some passengers, however, sweating in the Beijing summer inside jam-packed carriages, were angry at the man. A number of trains running on the line reversed.

Entry to Fuxingmen, Jianguomen and Guomao stations was temporarily restricted.

WTF! What freaking monsters! The article says that “SOME PASSENGERS..SWEATING ..WERE ANGRY AT THE MAN”. How freaking inhuman are these people that they are actually angry that this person tried to end his life and it caused them to perspire! I can see getting upset with a person for attempting suicide, maybe its immoral or selfish, but a country that views it like this is beyond comprehension, it truly is.
And how about the Chinese media who print these words, ie the fact some were inconvenienced by the occurrence. To me, it shows that at some level they agree or understand or it would not have been added in such a matter of fact tone. This place needs some prayer, some Buddha, whatever, but they are in dire need of help.

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Chinese Study Admits 26% of All Chinese Surface Water is Contaminated

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 26, 2010


This is truly alarming and shame on the world, China, and the communist party for doing nothing. Teh problem is that in China, half of the population lives on less than 15% of its water, thus a level of pollution this extreme is disasterous. The sad thing is that many of the monied, create companies in places like Guangzhou which are some of China’s most contaminated, and then move to other countries, presumably to leave China to rot in its own refuse and pollution.
To me this is sad as the poor villagers are the victims, They are forced to work for less than 100U$ per month at the behest of the wealthy who send their kids to the cities or foreign countries so that their bodies are not contaminated by the same toxins that the poor must consume.
Shame on us all…

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China Bribing the Media to Cover up a Story- Is this Really Newsworthy in China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 26, 2010


This is marginally newsworthy in China. Actually it is quite common for the locals to bribe the media to report things they way the wish them to be. Or is that the Chinese Communist Party? Damn did I really say that….

excerpt: chinadaily

“SHANGHANG, Fujian – The Zijin Mining Group, China’s largest gold producer, has been accused of attempting to bribe journalists to cover up a wastewater leak in Shanghang, East China’s Fujian province.

The Zijinshan Copper Mine, which is run by the group, suffered a wastewater leak, which went straight into the Tingjiang River on July 3, causing severe pollution that killed at least 1,890 tons of fish, according to local authorities.

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You China Man, Go Talk to The Foreigner

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 26, 2010


I went on a little trip the other day , and once again it happened, it never ceases to amaze me. No it was not another case of public urination, although I did see that as well. No, this time it was that odd habit that the Chinese have of self flagellation or self humiliation.
I was standing with my friend, who with his long hair and beard looks somewhat like an Afghani, although he is not. Anyway, we were chatting at a great place, ah historical site in an ancient city, when up walks a young woman. The lady says, “hi, my mom wants me to come to talk to you to practice my English…”
You are thinking WTF right? Well, actually this is quite common here. I have seen grannies push kids not bigger than 2 years old, to go strike up a conversation with a foreigner to practice their English.
Some observations on this
1-Dont be so freaking tight! go pay for a proper English lesson !
2-How humiliating for a little child to be pushed forth to go speak with a stranger, can you imagine what this does to his or her self esteem? Hey little Jonny, go speak to that man in his native tongue, you must do this to have success. So I guess you are telling little Jonny that his native tongue, and he by association are somewhat less than the foreigner.
3-How much English can one learn in 134 seconds of conversation with a foreigner?

All-in-all, this is odd, but it is actually a bizarre part of China, this wonderful place that is a mix of Hee Haw, Beverly Hillbillies and Avatar!

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Chinese Train Station, Photo of Peole Waiting for the Train

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Tai Yuan China

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High Speed Train in China- The Finest in Stolen German Technology

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 26, 2010


Two points here. One is that I took a high speed train here and it kicked ass, it was convenient, comfortable and cheap. A 500 mile journey took three hours and round trip cost about 50U$.
The funny thing is that I heard that China actually stole German technology for their high speed trains. I mean to say that they paid for the first train then replicated the tech and now use it. I do not know if this is true, but the train was very good….

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Waiting for the Train in China- Tai Yuan China Photo

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This was taken by the train station in Tai Yuan China

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Good by Barbie Hello Toxic Trixie- China “Invents” a Barbie Doll

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 26, 2010


Ok Ok, I have removed this post, too many pings by the good old ch-i-co-ms, but if you want to see it, drop  me a line and I can email it to you…. peace…

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