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An American in China

The Reality of Chinese History

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 13, 2011


China has a long history, of this you shall learn when you come here and you should. At issue, however is that beyond the tedium of hearing your typical person from China prattle on about some rusty old dynasty thousands of years ago. It is with utter precision that they will go on and on about how some dusty old cragged toothed Chinese leader had shepherded his flock and lead them to an advanced state of enlightenment. A claim to which I have serious doubts. My friend Harry lives in a Beijing hutong and has no private toilet, only a communal one. So how is it that the country of China was civilized for so long when the only way to have privacy in modern China is to shit in a bucket by one’s door?
It is such mysteries that one ponders upon setting foot in China. Thankfully, however, there are those who have looked beyond the BS and obfuscation and allow insight into the reality of China past and present. Mylaowai.com is such an author. Below is an excerpt on the reality of the formation of China and her history.

Excerpt from here:
I’m constantly being reminded that China is the most ancient country in the world. It’s something that people are obliged to mention at least once every time they meet a foreigner. “Yes, I do like the new BMW 6 series convertible, did you know that cars were invented in China, the oldest country in the world?” is a fairly normal example. Personally, I wouldn’t be too quick to admit to coming from the country that has been developing longest for the least net gain, but that’s just a personal bias. ‘Five Thousand Years and Still Developing’ might be a catchy slogan, but it isn’t one that I’d want greeting tourists as they stepped off the plane in my country……..
The first actually proven Dynasty, as indicated by actual evidence, was the Shang (1,600 BC to 1,046 BC). However, what is referred to by the Chinese as being a ‘Dynasty’, was really little more than a collection of villages, without much in the way of a unifying power structure. It was, by any meaningful yardstick, no different to Neolithic Europe. The various tribes did apparently possess conceptual art, and scratched pictures of stick figures in shells – the Chinese today claim that this proves that Chinese invented language, but this was no more a language than are chickens scratching their claws in the dust.

continue here
http://mylaowai.com/2009/10/01/happy-birthday-falling-cow/#comments

photo from allposters.com
(also here http://www.topchinablog.com)

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