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Translation: One Author’s Plea for a Gentler China

Author Murong Xuecun (originally Hao Qun)

[Dear readers, please note: The Chinese version of Murong Xuecun's speech is appended at bottom. 亲爱的读者, 请注意:演讲稿的中文版在下.]

On Wednesday, July 25, a famous Chinese author and liberal voice with the pen name Murong Xuecun (@慕容雪村) shared a long and heartfelt plea to his countrymen via Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, based on a speech given earlier in Hong Kong. According to Hong Kong University’s Weiboscope, which tracks Weibo posts popular with influential users, the text of this speech became the most popular image for July 25, with over 36,000 reposts and 8,000 comments. Just over one day later, the post was deleted by censors.

Three Tea Leaf Nation writers have combined to translate Xuecun’s ambitious but important piece. (Section headings are our own.) Please enjoy.

The water in autumn and the unending sky

There is one clear advantage to living in mainland China: It’s always easy to separate theory and reality. We have some rights in theory, but in reality, they do not exist. Income has increased in theory, but once you get to the market, you’ll see that you can’t even afford to buy meat. In theory, some people have risen up, but actually, they’re still kneeling. In theory, you’ve moved a few mountains, but you’ve actually just fallen into a hole. In theory, you’re the master of your country, but in actuality, you live in chains.

Textbooks describe a society broken down into two classes: The rulers and the ruled. In these times, it’s fair to say that officials big and small–over 50 million of them in fact–make up the actual ruling class. Theirs is the highest paying work in the world; the mayor of one town can embezzle tens of millions, while a provincial governor can embezzle hundreds of millions. Even more powerful officials are wealthy beyond imagining. In the past few years, the phrase “the great endeavor” (伟业) has come into use, and this mostly refers to the great work of corruption and embezzlement. The phrase “the state of the nation” (国情) has also been bandied about quite a bit. This is the true state of the nation: We have the world’s largest and most corrupt system of bureaucracy–barbaric, wasteful, and immoral without precedent–but it insists that each and every one of us walk the straight and narrow path.

Modern China is a strange new world. Every day, tragic and unbelievable things happen, leaving us not knowing whether to laugh or cry. All of those mining disasters, incidences of black lung, infants with kidney stones, train accidents, car accidents, food safety incidents, the forced and violent destruction of homes, cases of corruption and embezzlement,  all prisoners of conscience who died from “playing hide-and-seek” or “drinking boiled water,” and the rising storm of mass opposition incidents…you can be certain, within the next few years, these kinds of incidents will not only not go away, but they will grow in number and visibility. These incidents are mostly due to one reason, and that is almighty, unruly, unchecked government power.

Over the past few years, every time I’ve gone to Hong Kong, I’ll buy a few magazines about politics to see what observations and analyses political observers have to offer about China’s future. In my opinion, these analyses and predictions have ignored a very important point, which is that years of living under authoritarian rule and being brainwashed by the educational system have made residents of Mainland China into a special people. These people have not only influenced China’s present, but also will undoubtedly influence its future as well. They have made Chinese society barbaric, violent, incredibly unsafe, and they have also made it slow and stupid, unlikely to force a change of the present system of government.

Numbness

The first kind of [social malady] is a “numb personality.” In a totalitarian society, people have already had most of their rights and privileges taken away from them, and any rights remaining are seen as a gracious gift from the rulers. Because of the simple fact of entropy, this state of affairs has become the new normal. Even in cases of extreme violence, the people are not able to protest, they have no way to protest, so they willingly accept this state of misery, this life of toil, this tragic fate. As time passes, they don’t even consider whether or not this should be their fate, whether or not it’s fair. When their food is robbed they just go hungry; when they’re slapped in the face, they just take it; when their homes are destroyed, they just watch it; when their wives are abducted and forced to abort their babies, they just cry. All injustices are seen as inevitable, expected; it would be abnormal only if it were otherwise. People live with heads bowed and eyes glued to the ground, they don’t cry out against their fate, they shut up and hide, shut up and clap, shut up and lend a hand. Even when they die, they do it with their mouths shut. All of this shutting up can be traced back to one precondition: They don’t dare start something. If it were just one punk you didn’t want to start something with, you could just hide, but if what you’re facing is a system full of punks, you can’t run, you can’t hide, and you certainly can’t afford to start anything. The only choice you have left is to change it.

Becoming numb is often an act of malice and cruelty towards others. If you could quantify empathy, it might sadden you to discover that residents of Mainland China rank very low. In the famous Wang Yue incident, a two-year-old girl died in the middle of the road, and 18 people walked by without helping. These 18 people represent a greater number, a very unkind number of people that will yell at beggars, ignore victims of distant disasters, and even lack empathy for their own relatives. If people are beaten, they’ll just stand around and watch. If people are complaining, they’ll just coldly mock them. If people say they are going to commit suicide, they’ll just say “They want to get famous.”  I once painted a portrait of one of these kinds of people: If no one speaks up for them, they’ll just put up with it. If someone speaks up for them, they’ll just watch. If someone is able to secure rights for them, they’ll thank fate and say hey, what’s mine is mine! If someone isn’t able to get their rights for them, they’ll pretend like they knew that would happen all along. They’ll say, “Why would you waste your time?” If someone speaks up for them and is snatched away by the police, they’ll stand to one side, snickering, and say, “Serves you right for trying to stir things up!” 

In George Orwell’s “1984,” the protagonist Winston Smith and Julia have one particularly moving conversation. They escaped the ever-present network of spies and met in the Golden Country meadow. At the end of their time there, Winston said to Julia: “Listen. The more men you’ve had, the more I love you. Do you understand that?”

“Yes, perfectly.”

“I hate purity, I hate goodness. I don’t want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.”

“Well then, I ought to suit you, dear. I’m corrupt to the bones.”

We might say this is the late stage of numbness. In this stage, the numb personality has become an antisocial personality. People will hate everything good, and harbor suspicion of all kinds of language and action. They will carry hatred in their bones. In this stage, they are no longer numb, but easily angered, easily provoked to violence. The smallest thing will set them off, and then they will stop at nothing to indiscriminately lash out in revenge. The cruelest part is, the victim of their anger is usually those who are even more unfortunate, even more vulnerable. Lu Xun’s Ah Q [a novel from 1920s China] is a prime example: When he’s beaten by the mayor, Ah Q doesn’t dare strike back, so he goes to hit Wang Hu. When he can’t hit him, he goes after Little D. When he can’t win in that match, he goes to hit Wu Ma. When he can’t match her, he goes after the children in pre-school. This is not simply a joke or fiction, and the increasing number of murdered preschool children in mainland China proves this point.

Unreality

The second kind of personality can be called “difficulty in accepting reality.” A long period of ignorance and brainwashing must by necessity lower the ability to learn of the society as a whole and impair critical thinking. People are unwilling and unable to accept obvious facts, and do not hesitate to defend bold-faced lies. In this light, honesty is not just a moral issue, but also an issue of capacity. In Mainland China, at least half the population still believes Mao Zedong was the “great savior of the people,” and that he saved the Chinese people, rescuing them from poverty and suffering. At Mao’s Mausoleum in Tiananmen Square, people wait in line to pay their respects to his corpse. In taxis and private limos, people hang his picture like some kind of diety, seeking his blessings and protection. Even to this day, many people still feel nostalgic for the Cultural Revolution, believing that it was a time with no corruption, when everyone was equal. Just two months ago, a debate took place on the Internet about the great famine during the Great Leap Forward, and a substantial number of people believed that it had never happened at all, that it was just a story created by a small group of evil people to attack the government. They didn’t think it was possible that tens of millions had died of hunger. In order to prove their point, these people raised the following laughable doubts:

If that many people died of hunger, then where are the mass graves?

If there was really such a disaster, why haven’t there been any reports about it in the media?

If that many people really died of hunger, why do we still have to have the One Child Policy?

My hometown is also really poor, so why haven’t I heard of people starving to death?

If it’s true that so many people died of hunger, then let me ask you, how many people in your family starved to death?

Some people say 30 million people starved to death, that’s equal to 1/20 of China’s population, is that even possible?

The most shocking question was: If they didn’t have any rice to eat, why didn’t they just eat meat?

Servility

The third type of personality is called the “slave” personality. Like Lu Xun described, China has only had two [alternating] eras: Temporary stable periods during which people are slaves, and periods when people want to be slaves but can’t. In ancient times, slaves were loyal to the emperor and the dynasty. Today, most of them do not believe themselves to be slaves, but think they are the masters of their country. They have been taught since they were small to be loyal to the collective group, to the country, and to the Party. The only thing they are not to be loyal, is to themselves.

This type of person believes the government is above all else, and anyone who criticizes the government is their enemy. They believe they are patriots, and everything must be somehow “patriotic” to have any meaning at all. Studying is for the good of the country, and so is work, exercise, protecting one’s eyesight, even sex. The “national interests” that they speak of are actually mostly the interests of the government, the Party, the small minority of the people. Because of these so-called “national interests,” they’ll hate whomever the higher-ups tell them to hate. In a normal country, freedom, equality, and human rights are good words, but in the eyes of these slaves, they are all imperialist conspiracies. They support the practice of informing on others and betraying them, even turning in one’s own relatives, and are prepared to sacrifice their own lives at any moment.

This kind of slave, when subject to a long period of education in hatred, will become strange and easily angered, in its final stage becoming a “violent slave” personality. In the eyes of this type of person, most media in the world is anti-Chinese, all human rights organizations are anti-Chinese forces, all dissidents are filthy traitors and slaves to Western powers. If a Chinese woman marries a foreign man, then it’s a national shame; on the other hand, if a Chinese man seeks out a foreign prostitute, then that’s just China getting its revenge on everyone else. I’ve heard–and not just once–“patriotic” angry youth describing their ideals: They want to go to Japan after they get rich to find a Japanese prostitute, and then have their vengeance for a hundred hears of oppression on their bodies, until they are fully sated and she is dead. They openly call for war, and often say that China and Japan, or China and the U.S., will inevitably be at war with each other. The implication behind these lines is clear: Even if you don’t come after me, I’m still going to go after you. Some people even openly discuss putting bombs on commercial planes and setting them off on Japanese soil.

It is easy to appreciate the viciousness of this kind of thinking. These “patriots” are not so essentially different from the Red Guards of 50 years ago or the Boxer Rebellion of 100 years past. They are just as ignorant, just as furious, just as bloodthirsty and just as unstable. In a normal society, these people would be seen as a danger; but in China, the authorities coddle and fan their anger. It’s basically playing with fire. Once the conditions are right, this irrational fire will consume everything in its path.  

Life in the minefields

The fourth type of personally is “minefield personality.” For many people, living in China does not make them feel safe. It is as if they are walking in a dangerous minefield. Here, the law is just a fiction, and state power can derail at any time. There is no clear line between the legal and the illegal. Almost every company is cheating on its taxes, and almost everyone does something not completely legal….Take the owner of a small shop for example. In his striving to run his business, the Commerce Department, the Tax Department, the Police Department, the Fire Safety Department, the Health Department… almost every kind of state power can force him to close down his shop. Every time he does not follow the wills of these powers, he faces the possibility of complete disaster for him and his family. Due to this kind of insecurity, most people do not keep long term plans, but rather focus only on instant profits. In government, business, and people’s personal lives, we see too many people care only about profits and not a bit about ethics. Government officials horde money into their own pockets and businesses disregard the standards of ethics and law to maximize profits. Once they make enough money, they either transfer their money away or spend it carelessly. These people never think of the consequences that might follow in the future. 

The origin of this feeling of insecurity makes a group of uneasy people feel even more unsettled. Most people feel a need to rush: While the plane is still moving, people start opening the luggage compartments; while driving on the road, cars jostle for small openings in traffic without any care for safety; while waiting in line, there will be someone who cuts in line and break the rules. Furthermore, this pervasive insecurity has strained relationships among people. Family and friends guard against one another, suspect one another, and even despise one another. The old saying of “if someone is in trouble, help comes from every direction” has become just a fairytale. Instead, our society exemplifies “if someone is in trouble, everyone watches,” or “if someone is in trouble, no one helps.”

Who’s at fault?

There may be various reasons for all the personalities I mentioned above, but the most importantly, the fault sits squarely with institutional cajoling and instigation. Having been long immersed in slavery training, party-line indoctrination, and coaching in hatred, people have lost their true heart, forgot their conscience, and even thrown out their most important identity: Humanity.

“I am a person first, and then I can be everything else. I am myself first, then I can help with society.” This is a simple idea. However, it is sad that most people cannot understand it all their lives. As soon as you talk about the “human rights” situation in China, people will pick a fight with you, behaving as if “human rights” are not their rights. All the talk of how China is special, all the rationalizing that China is unique, originate from people forgetting their humanity. This is why there are a lot of weird ideas. Some people will see suffering—regardless of the reason for the suffering—as something that is naturally moral. A few decades ago, countless urban youth were sent to the countryside simply because people thought they needed to suffer. The countless hardships and trials ruined their youths and destroyed their lives. Some of these people, unbelievably, still sing the praises of their oppressors. They say their suffering was well deserved and much appreciated. The Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote a novel called “Humiliated and Insulted.” We see the humiliated and the insulted in our own lives; they rationalize their own suffering, defend their own suffering and cheer for own their suffering.

In China, “sacrifice” is a highly regarded ideal. Few people understand that the word sacrifice originally referred to the animals killed in religious ceremonies. So many songs, so many essays , so many heroic stories encourage people to sacrifice, to become those animals. What to do when the wood from the commune falls into the river? Sacrifice myself to pick it up. What to do when the production team’s sheep are lost in the snowstorm? Sacrifice myself to find them. Even today, many people believe in the saying “fear neither hardship nor death.” I can barely understand not fearing hardship, but not fearing death is just completely ridiculous. In this time of peace, why would you encourage people to not be afraid of death? What is it to you? 

I am definitely not talking about something from the past. After flipping through the newspaper, you will see that this absurd era never ended. The legacy from those years has never left us; it is right beside you. Those inhumane ideas and encouragements have never left us. Here, I want to encourage every to learn from Professor Kong Qingdong. He created a famous “Three Mother Rule”: if someone asks you to endure hardship, you say “go find your mother;” if someone asks you make a sacrifice, you say “go find your mother;” if someone tell you to turn in your family for the good of the country, you know what to say.

Additionally, the government encourages people to embrace the idea of giving. In the past few decades, the Chinese government never stopped asking people to give. Every government official extols the virtues of giving (before they are caught, anyway). The more corrupt these officials are, the more they talk about giving. The truth is, giving and taking always come together. They are two sides of the same coin. Your giving is their taking. If a company asks its employees to selflessly give, all they want is for you to work more, and for them to pay less. If a country asks its citizens to selflessly give, then it is openly taking from them. Someone will ask: Isn’t true that we need to selflessly give in a society? A normal society needs selfless behaviors. However, what it needs more is a contract of freedom and equality. There is a sequence to these two rules. Once we have a contract, then they can give selflessly. If there is no contract, then there is no such thing as giving.

Government is supposed to work for us, not the other way around

We always see on TV or read in the newspapers about people who move into government housing or receive government monetary support. They’ll say to the camera, tears in their eyes, “Thank you, government!” We should not be criticizing the people who say things like that, rather we need to criticize the government for accepting the praise. We taxpayers living under your rule are having such a hard life, but you are accepting their gratitude? We now know that the government is not a splendid, wonderful, and perfect deity. The government should be something we elect. Its power should be borrowed from us. To some degree, the government is like our bodyguard or janitor. They take our money, and clean our floors. If a janitor does a good job cleaning the floor, is it necessary to thank the janitor, tears in your eyes? Is that not the janitor’s job? I am not looking down on janitors. However, if a janitor is not doing a good job, but instead always asks you to thank him, and even asks you to cherish him unconditionally, then you should ask him: “Can I scream at you?” At least you would tell him to come back after he cleans the floor.

In regard to government, the best comment comes from Thomas Paine: “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable evil.” 

We know that every penny that the government spends comes from our wallets. That’s why we need to check its account from time to time. If your janitor tells you that he bought a broom for thousands of dollars, then he is embezzling from you. If he takes your money and buys a million-dollar watch, then he is nothing but corrupt. If your cleaner, in the name of cleaning the floor for you, eats in upscale restaurants, drinks expensive Maotai liquor, smokes high-end cigarettes, then you have all the right to think: Would not it be better if someone else is cleaning the floor?

The key to success: Deregulation

A smart government will accept its own shortcomings and rely on its people’s strengths. On the other hand, a government that boasts its omnipotence is usually an incompetent one. It will try to control everything, but it does nothing well. In the last 30 years, they did make some progress, especially with the economy. As a result, many people have been lifted out of poverty. However, if we have to credit the government, it is because of its willingness to deregulate. The history from the past 30 years show that whenever the government keeps a loose grip, the Chinese people can always demonstrate an amazing innovative power. Only a few years after the government deregulated household electronics, Chinese household electronics can now compete with big international brands.

At the same time, every sector that the government controls strongly feels dead. Why are movies from China so bad? It is because the government controls the movies. Why are Mandarin TV shows so bad? The government controls the TV. Why are there no modern literary masterpieces? The government controls the culture. Why is Chinese soccer so bad? The answer is the same as to the other questions: The government cannot let go.

Why “bad news” isn’t bad

There are roughly two kinds of government in the world: Those who know shame, and those who do not. Governments that know shame will listen to criticism; even if they don’t want to, they will show some degree of humbleness. The latter kind of government, however, will only listen to flattery; worse yet, it will get angry even if your flattery was just a little bit off from what it wanted. Under the rule of this kind of government, “negative news” is usually hidden. Many incidents will be reported over and over again by overseas media, but you will never read about it in Mainland China.

In fact, “negative news” is itself a problematic phrase. There’s nothing negative about reporting bad news. By exposing atrocious behaviors, results, and traditions, we will be able to alert viewers who can then stay away from them instead of copying these incidents. Our life experience tells us that people can learn more from being informed of “negative news.” Watching 30 years of News Broadcast [a daily news program by China Central Television, known for its prescreened material] won’t teach you much, other than the fact that one can perfect the art of butchering pigs by studying Mao Zedong Theory. But a simple exposure to the death of 2-year old Wang Yue will teach you what it means to be a responsible parent and what the passers-by should have done. In the last few decades, our history books have muted out too much “negative news,” much of which are crimes of the system and violence of the collective. All of this should be seen as the misfortune of our country…If you really want to love your country, then you have to love more than its glory—you have to love its misfortunes too. Don’t just love this country’s prosperity; you have to love its scars, its sadness, its darkness, and its torment, too.

We often divide people into those who belong within the system and those who remain outside of it. In a system that stands against humanity, such as the ones in Nazi Germany and North Korea, people who work for the system usually only have two outcomes. Either they hurt themselves without reaping any benefits, or they benefit a little, but hurt themselves even more. Most people who are sitting here today are good people, but it’s possible that some among us are informants and spies too. If you are one of those, then I would like to tell you today that even you are responsible for the future of our country as well.

Open advice to government officials: Be decent

If your job is to merely approve of documents, issue licenses, fill a form, or catch a thief, then you are not closely related to the crimes of this system—the jobs you do have to be done in order for society to function. But I still hope you understand that your real bosses are the ones who ask you to help them and perform these functions. These are the people who contributed their wages to pay for yours, they are your sustenance, so please be nice to them. Even if you can’t greet them with a smile, at least you shouldn’t treat them with contempt or anger. You should follow the rules, do your job, and not make things extra difficult for them. If something can be done with little effort, please don’t beleaguer them with extra work and make them visit your office over and over again. You have to know this–it’s hard for them to keep paying for you.

If your job deals with education, propaganda, and ideology, then beware: Your influence reaches much more than one or two people; your influence reaches millions. Over the centuries, and across all societies, human beings have reached a consensus: We should keep our children away from poison. In fact, poisons for the mind, such as lies, fallacies, hatred, and propaganda against humanity, are equally if not much more dangerous than those that harm the body. Even if we can’t ban these things, we should at least keep our children away from it. If you are a journalist, then you shouldn’t contribute to the making of these poisons; if you are a teacher, then you shouldn’t engage in the distribution of these poisons; if you are a scholar, then you should insist on truth and reject fallacies; if you are an author, then you shouldn’t invent open-faced lies. These are not your highest callings; rather, they are the most basic demands.

If your job is to dismantle other people’s house, smash other people’s shop stalls, abort other people’s babies, and beat those who are unfortunate, then, well, I won’t expect you to go to them with an embrace, but I do hope that you can maintain some shreds of conscience. George Orwell, the author, fought in the Spanish War of 1936 as a sniper. One morning, he saw an enemy soldier coming out of his trench. He had no shirts on, and he was using his hands to hold up his pants. Orwell could’ve shot him easily, but he hesitated for a long time, and gave up eventually. He said: “How can someone whose hands are holding up his pants be a Fascist? How can you shoot someone when his hands are holding up his pants?”

This is “Orwell’s question,” and this is also where we differ from animals—our precious sympathy. Here, I would like to say this to those who work for the demolition teams, interception teams, and urban enforcement teams: I know that you have a responsibility, but I hope you can think about “Orwell’s question” occasionally. I know that your supervisors make demands on you, but I still hope that you can cherish the moments when your conscience becomes aware of itself again.

Or maybe you have a righteous heart, and you feel like you are fighting for the good side and protecting your country. But even beyond your country, there is a bigger good, and that is the righteousness in our heart. The figure kneeling in front of you is a person too, you know? He has emotions, feelings, parents spouse children and siblings just like you! If you yell at him, he will get scared; if you hit him, he will feel hurt; if you insult him, he will hate you. When you bury one enemy under your feet now, he will grow into two enemies next year. You are just doing a normal job; there’s no need to create so many personal enemies for yourself. You can do your job without embracing all this hatred.

The importance of a clear heart

A real tragedy happened in a jail in Jiangsu Province once—a prison guard was beating up a prisoner for no reason, and the prisoner said: “You are in charge of me, so it’s your job to discipline me and give me orders. But the beating that you are giving me now has nothing to do with your job, it’s purely between the two of us. I don’t have the guts to fight you back now, but remember, you will have to pay for this eventually!” A few years later, the prison guard’s child was found hanged in front of the prison.

I hate this prisoner’s crime just as much as all of you do. However, everyone within the system should learn from this. Hatred is like a knife—if you make it too sharp, it will be turned against you and hurt you too eventually. In a world where power is unrestrained, in a world where laws are powerless, even if you wield an enormous amount of power now, there’s no guarantee that you can have any sense of security in the long run. Today, you make him hide from you; tomorrow, you might need to hide from him instead. Today, you block those who want to appeal to law; tomorrow, someone else will block your attempts, too. We already know that those who are blocked are not just ordinary citizens—policemen, judges, officials, and even the head of the Appeals Department can be found among their ranks, too.

Someone once asked a wise monk: “What makes a person good?” The monk said: “Mercy and clarity.” The person asked again: “What are those?” The monk answered: “They are like the water in autumn and the unending sky.” I think what it means to be a good person is to be a modern citizen who values his character and who has a sense of shame. Mercy and clarity are our sympathy and conscience. These two things aren’t useful in real life; they won’t help you get rich or get promoted, and they definitely won’t help you to “do well” in this order-less world. However, they distinguish us from animals. It might not be smart to harbor sympathy for others, but these “stupid people” are even more valued in chaotic times. It is because of these people, who raised the muzzle, moved away from the trigger, and stopped the tank “at the wrong times,” that our society managed to maintain its basic humanity and dignity.

We live in an age when dust blocks the sky. Politics is dirty, the economy is dirty, and even culture smells like it’s rotten. Our heart is supposed to be clear like the water in the autumn and the unending sky, but if we place it in the dust for a long time, then it can’t help but getting dirty and frangible. When we mail fragile items at the post station, the staff there will stamp the image of a red glass on the package to show that what’s inside is fragile. I hope everyone stamps a red glass on their heart too. It will remind us that this is a heart that needs sympathy and a heart that needs clarity. It is precious, but it is also fragile. We should take care of it every day and keep it free of dust. It should be as clear as the water in autumn, and as clean as the sky. 

[Note: Several of our dear readers have asked for the original Chinese version of Murong Xuecun's post. For that reason, we have inserted it below.]

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  • http://jaycollier.net/ Jay Collier

    Stunning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/metalheadpaladin Matt Cooper

    It should be noted that George Orwell was not a liberal, but a socialist. He was not a communist, but neither would he have insisted that the solution to China’s problems would be to deregulate everything; rather, he would have gone after the media (on both sides).

    I would also recommend reading Burmese Days. He noted the same kinds of problems in the Burmese people (corruption, servility, moral numbness, biting the hand that feeds you) but he was very careful not to berate them for it. He located the problem – correctly – in the European Clubs and the cult of the ‘pukka sahib’; likewise, Orwell would recognise that where China has become corrupt, it is because we have taught them. If not through our humiliation of them in the wake of the Opium Wars, then certainly through our patronising treatment of them when they were under the rule of Jiang Jieshi. Through our importation of Social Darwinism. Through our self-serving support of China’s imbalanced growth during ‘reform and opening’.

    If Murong is sincere in claiming that humanity ought to be our central obligation, then we commentators in the West have to put away our remaining traces of the pukka sahib mentality. Dismantle the NED; hold our own politicians accountable when they start sabre-rattling; do not demand more capitalism and more deregulation as the solution to everything.

    • FOARP

      I’m sorry Matt, but this is ridiculous. Mainland China was never colonised and vast swaths of China never saw a single European or American until the last ten years or so, CKS’s government was not one of “social darwinism” but old-fashioned home-grown warlordism, the Opium Wars became a special humiliation later but at the time were merely one of many disasters afflicting China. The present Chinese political system is a self-inflicted corruption of an already corrupt system. The ‘pukka sahib’ mentality was nearing extinction in Burma in those days and its reality is remembered by a very few old people. Name-checking the NED, a minor organisation which is the subject of a million conspiracy theories, and whose closing would convince no-one of anything, hardly lends credibility to what you’re saying.

      • Wayne

        China was semi-colonised, and the Opium wars were just the beginning of 100 years of incredibly destructive Western and Japanese imperialism. China was near bankrupted Western imperialism.

        There is corruption in China, unfortunately, but the level of corruption is fairly typical of a developing nation. In fact compared to countries at similar levels of development, China is not really all that corrupt.

        China
        is actually less corrupt than many Asian, Africa, South American, and
        East European countries. ‘Democratic’ India is more corrupt than China, as are Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia (vastly more corrupt), Kazakhstan, Ukraine etc.

        In fact China is less corrupt than most of the countries it shares a border with (according to the Corruption Perceptions Index):
        http://cpi.transparency.org/cpi2011/results/

        China’s level of corruption is comparable to Brazil and Italy, and is less corrupt than Greece.

        So China, for a developing country, is not that corrupt, according to the most authoritative measures of corruption.

      • Wayne

        If a Chinese woman marries a foreign man, then it’s a national shame..

        Have you even heard of ONE foreigner attacked or killed because he was with a Chinese woman???? I have not. Foreigners are treated like kings in China, and some Chinese women sell their souls to sleep with them, and then act superior to other chinese folk. This author is not a real man if he cannot see this.

        This is the way that white folk in the US use to treat black men who even whistled at a white woman:

        “Till purchased bubble gum, and some of the kids with him would later report that he either whistled at, flirted with, or touched the hand of the store’s white female clerk—and wife of the owner—Carolyn Bryant.

        Four days later, at approximately 2:30 in the morning on August 28, 1955, Roy Bryant, Carolyn’s husband, and his half brother J.W. Milam kidnapped Till from Moses Wright’s home. They then beat the teenager brutally, dragged him to the bank of the Tallahatchie River, shot him in the head, tied him with barbed wire to a large metal fan and shoved his mutilated body into the water. Moses Wright reported Till’s disappearance to the local authorities, and three days later his corpse was pulled out of the river. “

        Has something similar EVER happened to a foreign man with a Chinese woman in China??????? NO.

        These Anglo Saxons like to trash on other peoples history and frantically point at the faults, real and perceived, of others because they know, deep down, that their history of enslavement and oppression and genocide, is the worst in world history.

        • Teaspoon

          I fully agree with you the European colonial history has committed some of the worst atrocities in human history, and a legacy which continues to engender oppression. That being said, that doesn’t diminish the failings of the Chinese Communist Party, or excuse their present abuses towards the Chinese people. I am not really confident, however, of your ability to grasp this, since your posts have all indicated a creepy level of praise for the CCP which all but suggest you’re one of their propaganda minions.

          By the way, I am Chinese, so spare me your rant about “Anglo-Saxons” loving to trash other governments and people.

        • Shawn Kregan

          Hi Wayne, Well i guess since i come from Scotland in the UK, which is in some ways a colony of England am i an anglo saxon? oops no im a celt. I have lived in Shanghai for 8 years and i think life is more free and happy here ( as long as u dont fuck with the party) than it is back home, for example i consider it an infringement on my human rights when going out in many parts of London at night i am 10 times more likely to be stabbed or beat up, in China in all my 8 years i have NEVER been attacked because of strict punishments violent crime is low here.
          I agree though that the US government (Illuminati) which is controlled my zionists cuases more trouble than anyone else, and its about time they kept their nose out of other nations business and affairs, in fact its a well know fact now that 911 was an inside job created and executed by mossad (zionists)so that the US would have a reason to enter iraq ect , watch the documentary on you tube called ( 911 truth) also be known that the CIA are some of the biggest drug dealers out there!, The USA is basically a police state now, funny i used to think this about China before i came here, but i have never been bothered by cops here.
          in short, its more fun here and free than the USA, seriously, so…. wake up as democracy is a farce, all the parties in the US are all working for the same behind the scenes leaders(behind the throne sits another king). so nothing changes as they are all serving the same masters, its an illusion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/metalheadpaladin Matt Cooper

        Gil, you do not appreciate it when other people misread what you write; I would thank you to extend me the same courtesy.

        The Opium Wars may have been a minor coastal conflict (and the colonisation of China may only have been coastal), but they did happen, and their economic impact was disastrous and felt well inside the mainland even where contact with Europeans was uncommon. The importation of Social Darwinism, through the ‘Self-Strengthening’ ideologies which later surfaced in the Boxer Rebellion, was equally damaging, though the ramifications were far-reaching. And I never said that ‘CKS’ (why the Wade-Giles?) bought into Social Darwinism; however, many of the predecessors of the KMT did, and they carried that influence with them wherever they went. Hell, I would argue that even Mao was influenced by it, along with other misguided Western ideational imports like Marxism-Leninism!

        And the ‘pukka sahib’ mentality was already dying in Burma by this time? Tell it to the Marines. Better yet, try telling that to the headstone of one late Mr Eric Blair, who spent his youth there and lived and breathed it – and this was in the 1920′s, well after the Xinhai Revolution had taken place and the Jiang (or Chiang, if you prefer) government was firmly in power.

        The corruption of the Chinese system is primarily (not entirely, but primarily) due to weak institutions and an uncertainty brought about by numerous massive social upheavals – triggered in substantial part by Western military and trade interventions. As for the NED, I would suggest watching the Boris Malagurski documentary ‘Weight of Chains’ – they may be small, but their influence is nonetheless quite deleterious on the political climates of the nations on which they set their sights.

  • Name

    You don’t know much about chinese history, do you, Matt? The idea that bureaucratism, blumbledon and maraudery are something new to China is laughable enough, but to impute them to western contact… Talk about white man’s burden.

    • http://www.facebook.com/metalheadpaladin Matt Cooper

      I apparently know a good deal more about Chinese history than you do about the English language, but that’s a rather different point. I know enough about Chinese history to understand that the bureaucracy of the Qing Dynasty was quite effective early on, with its dyarchic (and, for a long while, accountable) division of power between Manchu and Han administrators. I know enough to understand that the Qing Dynasty was relatively egalitarian economically, despite the trappings of wealth around the Imperial residence – I refer you to the work of Branko Milanovic on the subject. I also seem to be more aware of the ideological implications of the Self-Strengthening Movement, the Boxer Rebellion, nationalism and Marxism in China than you appear to be.

      So you can go bugger off to whatever cowardly anonymous hole you crawled out of, ‘Name’.

  • Archie

    Fantastic, thanks for a great translation.

  • annlyk

    Yes, I do agree some of the problems the author have mentioned, but I don’t think Chinese government or Chinese is as bad as he describes. In fact, many of the phenomena can be found in other countries, and as long as a goverment wants to stablize the country, it will take some measures, which the author calls to make people slave. Besides, China is changing. A brighter, stronger China is waving for us.

    • Name

      Is this your first deplorable wumao, TLN? Congrats! Yay.

      • eeeee13

        Well just because she questions parts of the article that doesn’t necessarily make her a wumao! Question is, yes there is corruption and materialism all over the world, but is it true that China’s corruption and materialism is different? Or even special? If so what’s the solution? I don’t imagine anyone here will say multiparty electoral democracy will cure these social ills.

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  • http://twitter.com/cincity2404 Cindy H

    “Because of the simple fact of entropy, this state of affairs has become the new normal.”
    ” All injustices are seen as inevitable, expected; it would be abnormal only if it were otherwise.”
    So true. It’s why annlyk can still still go on about how a “bright, stronger China is waving for us” (does she mean “waiting for us”?) . Ridiculous atrocities just don’t register in her brainwashed state of mind anymore.

    • HinDL

      On the spot! Thumbs up!

    • annlyk

      Sorry, you got me wrong. I said that I did agree some of the problems the author have mentioned. I just want to be optimisic about the future of China, of the world, of the society. After all, can you deny that many of the phenomena can also be found in many other corners of the world? Several extreme examples cannot represent anything. If some instances good for China are numberred, then will you say that China is flourishing? Where there is light, there is dark. IF you insist that China is crazy, I’d like to say it is not only China, but the whole world, is crazy!

      • http://twitter.com/cincity2404 Cindy H

        Well, well, well. What do we have here. Another overly defensive Chinese who deflects the conversation away from China’s real problems and starts to compare China with other countries, presumably third world African nations…
        Annlyk, people don’t progress if they keep comparing themselves with those worse off than them. It’s a pretty basic principle.

        And Chinese guys on forums need to recognise that economic growth does not equal societal progression. Jeezuz.

  • http://twitter.com/iandenisjohnson Ian Johnson

    Great translaton! Do you have a link to the original? Was it saved somehwere?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=16844 David Wertime

      Hi Ian, shoot us an email at editors@tealeafnation.com and we can send you the original in .jpeg form. Cheers, David

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=16844 David Wertime

        Now the original sits pasted in the body of the article, due to popular demand!

        • Toxoplasma

          Very nice, thank you. BTW, does anyone know if there is OCR software for Chinese that’s highly regarded? I’ve only done it in English.

        • Cedric Hamilton

          Fine and dandy however not much use to those of us who are still struggling with Hanzi and who may want to c&p it into an annotator for study purposes. Please fix that, thanks.

          • Toxoplasma

            Actually, I have spent a few hours creating a text version. I incorporated the image into Acrobat and used Adobe’s internal OCR function for Chinese to create a MS Word doc. I even made a Traditional Character version for those of us that roll that way.

            There were some mistakes but I tried to spot check and correct as much as I could. I’m happy to email it to the OP of this story and/or have someone (more literate than I) proof read it and make it available for all.

  • Toxoplasma

    Wow. He had me at George Orwell. If there are enough people in China sympathetic to this viewpoint then I think the future is brighter for them (and us). I would love to have a non jpeg version of the original if possible.

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  • http://www.NetBinge.com/ NetBinge

    Ah, the Chinese intellectual bemoaning the current state of affairs…same old broken record. What’s always lacking in their monologue is any reference to a moral system that the Chinese people can understand and apply as a standard. Religion in China is all superstitious hope for financial blessings. There is zero national conversation on philosophy, ethics, or values. And there are no media personalities who speak on anything other than money. China is not a republic. It is a cash cult. Can any Chinese of any social rank answer this simple question: What are your top four personal values?

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  • skc

    Great translation. His description of the various personalities hits the nail on the head when it comes to some versions of Chinese people we see on the internet – defensive of the CCP to the extreme, quick to lay blame on others (people and countries), rote acceptance of what the CCP tells them.

  • Wayne

    “They have made Chinese society barbaric, violent, incredibly unsafe”

    Really? Wonder what the homicide rate in China is compared to the US, Brazil, South Africa, and other ‘democracies’.

    Note that ‘democratic’ South Africa just shot dead 34 striking miners —-imagine the same thing happening in China—-the Western media would have gone insane.

    • fsdfsdf

      Well guess we’ll never know what the homicide rate is in China. Do you believe the stats from the government? Guess we’ll never know the truth. 300 miners die in a mine collapse in Shanxi and no one even notices in China, since it’s so common. You tell me if you’ll rather work in a Chinese mine versus a South African mine.

    • Josh

      Yes, murdered miners is a tragedy, but just because one tragedy is ignored doesn’t mean it is unfair to point out others. You might also consider that South Africa is not the world’s next superpower. For this reason alone it makes sense that additional attention is focused on China.

  • Wayne

    This Chinese ‘intellectual’ would bring to China a destructive neoliberal regime, which has worked ‘wonders’ around the rest of the developing world, in terms of delivering low life expectancies, worse corruption than that of China now, massive infant mortalities—–yeah lets do it!
    http://www.wakeupcall.org/china_india_comparision/china_india_chart.php

    By the way, can any of the readers here tell me ONE developing country where liberal ‘democracy’ has really worked???????

    Come on…..instead of just whining about China’s system, what system would you propose that would work better????

    • Teaspoon

      How about a system that includes an independent judiciary, the rule of law, freedom of press, speech, and assembly, and an adequate social safety net? A system that doesn’t include re-education camps, persecution of religious minorities and political dissidents, and government officials who are above the law?

      • Wayne

        Tell me.

        What is the incarceration rate of the United States compared to China?

        What is the incarceration rate of Blacks and Hispanics in the United States compared to incarceration rate of minorities in China?

        What nation/s spits on international law the most, and treats world opinion with contempt, invades other country at will and murdered 1 million Iraqi children in the 1990s, and hundreds of thousands since then.

        Also tell me. How many actual dissidents are there in China, and also what is this number as a proportion of the population of China?

  • Wayne

    “My hometown is also really poor, so why haven’t I heard of people starving to death?

    If it’s true that so many people died of hunger, then let me ask you, how many people in your family starved to death?”

    Well if so many Chinese people are incredulous over the absurd claims of tens of millions of deaths during the GLF, then surely it may not have been as bad as Western authors claim?

    Even the statistics provided by Jung Chang and Frank Dikotter show that mortality during the GLF was around 24.5 per thousand per year, which was typical of other developing countries of the time, and a heck of a lot less when China was controlled by Western and Japanese imperialism (38/1000 per year).

    In fact the Maoist period saw the most rapid population increase in China’s history —-during a time of declining fertility. Why? Because as these Stanford researchers say “increase in life expectancy at birth from 35~40 in 1949 to 65.5 in 1980 represents the most rapid sustained increase in documented global history (Miller, Eggleston, and Zhang, 2011)”
    http://iis-db.stanford.edu/pubs/23668/AHPPwp_28.pdf

    That is the truth from facts that are indisputable —and facts even acknowledged by Mao’s worst detractors —like Dikotter and Jung Chang (although they are too innumerate to realise it).

    • fsdfsdf

      I laugh at anyone who claims the Maoist era was good because it saw the biggest increase in infantile survival rates and decrease in illiteracy. Please. ANY BUREAUCRACY running China during that period would have accomplished the same things. Mr. Wayne, let’s see you argue that reinstituting Maoist practices, initiate another Great Leap Forward followed by the Cultural Revolution in 2012 will produce better results.

      And Mr. Wayne, you’re the one who should be put to the ground. China has long been the most aggressive and repressive regime for the past 2500 years, treats its people like worms, and is so extremely insecure that it never admits other people might be right for a change. I think we know who the minion and running dog is here. Go back to the Communist labor camp where you belong.

      • Wayne

        fsdfsdf: you are wrong. Clearly the linked research shows that China did better on these statistics than any other developing country of the time. India and China started off on more or less the same footing in the late 1940s. Yet China’s life expectancy in 1976 of 65 is higher than what India’s is NOW. Noam Chomsky quotes the eminent economist Amartya Sen as saying that excess deaths in India (over China) could well be over 100 million.

        And no, I am not for reinstituting Maoist policies, because we have different policies for different times.

        As for your racist last paragraph, that is amusing. It is the US and UK who have murdered up to 1 million Iraqi children during the 1990s and have caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of entirely innocent civilians the past 10 years in their aggression around the globe.

        Frankly most of the world is getting sick of Anglo dominance and the sooner it comes to an end the better. That is why, by the way, China is so popular in Africa —-in fact Africans welcome the rise of a strong China, not just economically, but militarily.

        • fsdfsdf

          Well I am also Chinese, and you know what I am saying about the Chinese is true. Have you never heard of 草菅人民?You’ve never heard of 坑儒焚書?When will you admit that leaders in China just doesn’t value the lives of the commoners? Even the Communist Party has admitted to the wrongs of the Maoist times, so get on with the program.

          I can’t believe people like you still exist!

      • Wayne

        Maoist China laid the foundation for China’s rapid industrialisation over the past 30 years, as Harvard research below demonstrates. Maoist China did more to improve the well-being of her people than ANY comparable developing nation of the time, saving over 100 million lives (due to a rapid decline in mortality compared with other developing countries).

        A good claim can be made that of political figures, Mao was the greatest humanitarian in human history, responsible for policies which saved more lives than any other political figure.

        Wang and Mason (2008) estimate that between
        1982 and 2000, about 15 percent of China’s rapid growth in output per
        capita stemmed from the demographic dividend (Bloom and Williamson
        [1998] estimate that one-quarter to one-third of the growth rates in the
        “East Asian miracle” stemmed from the demographic dividend.)

        And there is this Harvard research:

        “However, the authors note, China’s economy has exploded, expanding
        by 8.1 percent per capita per year on average between 1980 and 2000,
        while in the same time period India saw a sustained growth rate in
        income per capita of 3.6 percent–a rate that, while rapid by the
        standards of most developing economies, is modest compared to China’s.

        What accounts for the difference? Part of the answer, the HSPH
        team suggests, is that dramatic demographic changes in China began
        decades before those in India. After 1949, China’s Maoist government
        invested heavily in basic health care, creating communal village and
        township clinics for its huge rural population. That system produced
        enormous improvements in health: From 1952 to 1982, infant mortality in
        China dropped from 200 to 34 deaths per 1,000 live births. Life
        expectancy rose from 35 years to 68.”

        http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/review/rvw_summerfall06/rvwsf06_bloom.html

        • Teaspoon

          You lost all credibility when you tried to extol Mao Zedong as the greatest humanitarian in history. (Not to mention when you later decided that Murong Xuecun’s essay, which critiques your beloved Party, is grounds for his execution.) As a Chinese, I am absolutely disgusted that there are still people like you who are apologists for that complete moron and monster.

          I don’t doubt that the Communist regime in China produced SOME benefits. The healthcare system you speak of, based on “barefoot doctors”, was a huge achievement. It has since turned into a casualty of the country’s transition to a free market system, and I sincerely hope that in the future, the Chinese government can revive and incorporate aspects of it into a reformed system that provides universal health care for the Chinese people.

          However, it’s inexcusable for you to blindly ignore the atrocious excesses of the Chinese Communist regime and the damaging legacy it has had on Chinese society. Try talking to people in China about the state of morals, civility, and trust in Chinese society right now. I’m guessing you (if you’re Chinese) and I both know all of those things are at a dismal level right now.

          All of those are the consequence of decades upon decades of government policy. First, people were taught to turn on each other during periods like the Cultural Revolution. Next, they were taught that to be rich is glorious. That has resulted in a society that enshrines the will to profit at all costs, even to the detriment of fellow citizens. There barely any room for a healthy debate on how to make things better, because any conversation of that kind necessitates critique of the government.

          I don’t doubt that you will probably come up with a vitriolic rant in response to my comments blaming Western powers, white people, everyone and anyone except your precious comrades for the state of affairs in China today. It won’t fool anyone here.

          Let me go a step further: China doesn’t need people like you. People who prop up the regime are the scourges that enable the Chinese Communist Party’s abuses of its own people. China needs people like Murong Xuecun, who speaks his mind because he WANTS to see a better China for the Chinese people, even though he risks himself by offending the government. You’re nothing but a pathetic tool.

          • Wayne

            Mr Teaspoon:

            Tell me. What developing country performed better than China in improving the well-being of its people, from 1949 to now?

            Tell me just ONE comparable developing country which has performed better than China in improving life expectancy, literacy, and GDP.

            Perhaps you think China would be better off adopting Western democracy like the Indians eh?

            So come on….lets see you answer my question.

          • Concerned Citizen

            Taiwan.

          • eeeee

            What’s the point of achieving literacy if the government decides what you can read? What’s the point of a longer life expectancy when you have to constantly watch your back? What’s the point of higher GDP if your property can be taken away at any time? What’s the point of having material well-being without being able to live with dignity?

            The sad truth is that the Chinese civilization has always focused on the leaders to the point that commoners don’t even consider themselves worthy of human dignity.

        • Josh

          I’m happy to acknowledge Mao’s accomplishments. But does that make the Great Leap Forward any less pig-headed, disastrous and deadly?

          If I murdered a single person, I would be judged trial for it, regardless of what good deeds I had done previously in my life.

          Mao murdered millions. Let’s repeat that: millions. Yet you want to let him off the hook because he did some good stuff? Moreover, you dare call him the “greatest humanitarian in human history”?

          I think it’s safe to say that your thinking is just as deluded as Mao’s notion that smelted iron from backyard furnaces would bring about a massive surge in China’s industrial output, or that encouraging officials to lie about grain production figures wasn’t a problem.

  • Wayne

    all human rights organizations are anti-Chinese forces, all dissidents are filthy traitors and slaves to Western powers

    Well perhaps they are? These ‘human rights’ organisations are the ideological shock troops of Western imperialism. From Iraq, to Afghanistan, to Libya, to Kosovo, and now to Syria, these ‘human rights’ organisations are the propaganda arm of US imperialism, which just in the past decade alone has murdered millions.

    Anyone who is not blind and stupid can see the two most aggressive powers in world history, both of them Anglo Saxon, the US and the UK, have caused more trouble, more havoc, in the world and are still doing so, and their minions and running dogs must be put in their place —- that is into the ground.

  • Wayne

    This man is a running dog and a traitor. He condemns the Boxers, but not the imperialist powers who invaded China.

    So those fighting the invaders are ‘blood thirsty’ (according to this running dog), but those doing the invading are not??????

    It is like saying the French resistance is bloodthirsty, but not the Nazi invaders, during WWII.

    Revisionist historians in Europe can be jailed ala David Irving.

    China should jail this hanjian (I’d execute him). And then lets see the Europeans jump up and down in outrage —-I’ll get out the popcorn.

    • Teaspoon

      Please explain how he is a “traitor” who deserves to be executed merely for publishing an essay that’s critical of the Chinese government? To our knowledge, he has not cooperated with any foreign powers or taken any action that contributes to the demise of China. If you think people like him deserve to die, do you also think that China’s corrupt government officials , like the ones who sent the mother of a rape victim to a labor camp, do as well? For they are the ones whose actual actions hurt the Chinese people.

      I’m guessing you don’t, because your livelihood probably comes from acting as a tool of the Chinese regime.

      By the way, nowhere in this essay did he claim that the European powers were in the right, or not as worthy of condemnation as those who participated in the Boxer Rebellion. You only want to interpret that way, because your utter slavish devotion to the Chinese Communist Party renders you incapable of basic critical thinking. He is critiquing problems with domestic culture and mindset, because in case you didn’t notice, the people in charge of China right now are the Chinese.

      Let me guess, your next post will be about how the problems he mentions in this article don’t really exist and are the product of Western propaganda by an insecure West whose suffering masses long for the freedom and prosperity created by the benevolent Chinese Communist Party.

    • Teaspoon

      Please explain how he is a “traitor” who deserves to be executed merely for publishing an essay that’s critical of the Chinese government? To our knowledge, he has not cooperated with any foreign powers or taken any action that contributes to the demise of China. If you think people like him deserve to die, do you also think that China’s corrupt government officials , like the ones who sent the mother of a rape victim to a labor camp, do as well? For they are the ones whose actual actions hurt the Chinese people.

      I’m guessing you don’t, because your livelihood probably comes from acting as a tool of the Chinese regime.

      By the way, nowhere in this essay did he claim that the European powers were in the right, or not as worthy of condemnation as those who participated in the Boxer Rebellion. You only want to interpret that way, because your utter slavish devotion to the Chinese Communist Party renders you incapable of basic critical thinking. He is critiquing problems with domestic culture and mindset, because in case you didn’t notice, the people in charge of China right now are the Chinese.

      Let me guess, your next post will be about how the problems he mentions in this article don’t really exist and are the product of Western propaganda by an insecure West whose suffering masses long for the freedom and prosperity created by the benevolent Chinese Communist Party.

      • Wayne

        By the way, nowhere in this essay did he claim that the European powers
        were in the right, or not as worthy of condemnation as those who
        participated in the Boxer Rebellion.

        Stop evading the point. Condemning the Boxers is the same as a Frenchman condemning the French Resistance, or a Russian condemning the WWII Red Army, or a Chinese condemning those (both Nationalists and Communists) who resisted the Japanese invaders during WWII.

        Condemning the heroic Boxers who fought the Western and Japanese imperialists is the act of a despicable running dog, traitor, and hanjian.

        The Boxers are National Heroes of China.

        And you yourself seem to imply some moral equivalancy between those who raped and plundered China, and the Boxers who resisted them. You obviously have no moral perspective whatsoever —you are completely amoral white man’s dog.

        • Jerry

          “Wayne” or whatever your name is. You undermined any validity your arguments might have had by calling for violence and thuggery toward the author off this piece. I don’t know where you come from, but its clear that you are no wiser or informed than the far right ultra-nationalist wing of any political party.

          Do you work at Fox News, or CCTV? Does it matter? Only someone so mad to fill a void of self-respect could delude themselves into thinking that Mao Zedong (or George W. Bush) was a great humanitarian.

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  • Toxoplasma

    As I’ve mentioned before, I now have the MS Word document Chinese version of the essay written by Murong Xuecun for anyone who would like it.

  • Cleo

    How does this guy make his money in terrible China? He looks very well rested.

    The entire article reads like a lecture of people who actually have day jobs. He obviously is not a migrant worker who works himself into a broken stupor before noon every day. So he should pick one corrupt official he is describing and shadow said official and catch him in the act even if it is just owning too many overpriced watches.

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