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Stinky Chinese Toilets and Their Implication for the World

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 27, 2010


Life is about learning, and maybe that is one of the things that draws people to China, the learning. What we learn can be both happy and sad, but is always imho- a good thing.
So, today I went to my gym, its a decent place, not too crowded, has a sauna and swimming pool (Chinese typically do not use enough chlorine in their pools, so I consider any ‘swimming hole’ in China to be akin to a large childrens pool or a urine infested quagmire, thus I do not utilize that particular facility, but I digress).
In the middle of my workout I succumbed to the call of my bladder and went to use the other infested quagmire or restroom. When I opened the door I saw a smallish woman diligently wiping or stabbing at the floor with an old ragged mop. I admired her tenacity as she, like Zoro wielded the hefty implement with the zeal and rapidity of a sloth and toiled away. I then bore witness to something else I have seen in China which still amazes me.
The woman sloshed the mop along the floor, its edges, just like all of us were taught, and then she did a truly Chinese thing. Apparently she mistook the squat pot, or the big porcelain basin into which people urinate and defecate for a mop bucket. She dunked the mop in there, swished it arouind and then began to “re-clean the floor” with it. WTF? I watched, hoping she would sense the errors of her ways, but she merely pushed me aside and continued to slosh that bacteria infested slime around, as it it were Tilex. I could feel the toxic spores race up my legs as it hit me, an epiphany as it were. This woman is China, she represents the place.
Let me explain:
This woman is from a farming community and in China that means illiterate subsistence farmers a-la the 1820’s. This poor thing was dumped into a world that would be akin to you traveling to Jupiter, she does not have the skills to deal with what the big city is throwing at her, so what does she do? She does what she was taught. And what was she taught? Nothing, this is China. So she just goes along and pushes the broom, so what if a little urine gets spread about, its better than a bullet in the back of the head for civil disobedience.
See, the chicoms took over this place about 61 years ago and Mao was smart, and Deng Xiao Ping studied abroad, but from what my friends have told me, the chicoms were and still are, to a great extent, peopple who come from ignorant stock, or the less educated. Lest you think me an elitisit, I must say that I come from a rural area and think that country people are the backboeon of any country. but illiterate ignorant bullies who prey on the weak (read this as you wish), imho should be dealt with accordingly. Anyway…. the short versioin is that Mao et. al. killed and or tortured a ton of educated people in the 50’s , thus leaving the less educated to run the place. Here is my epiphany, these people are just like the lady sweeping the floor. They have not had adequte prepartion in governance, management, law, not even basic life skills. These people took office and began their careers when it was common for a band of thugs called the Red Guard to run around and torture and re-educate people who supposedly did not share in their love of Mao and his teachings. Thus, they like the woman sweeping the floor, are merely sloshing around heaps of bacteria and urine as they know of nothing else, they do not have the education to see what they are doing, and the fear of the past keeps them from questioning- after all, its better than a bullet to the back of the head…

One Response to “Stinky Chinese Toilets and Their Implication for the World”

  1. Gowron said

    The flop house at the Cangzhou College, stank to high heavens of bacteria water aka pee mop. eewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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