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Jackie Chan Communist Lap Dog

The Chinese regime still loves using terms like ‘capitalist roader’ and ‘colonialists’ so I’m quite comfortable with calling ‘Movie Star’ Jackie Chan a communist lap dog.

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Chan & Friend demonstrating loyalty to the communist party.

I noticed when the Chinese were having a good old squeak about the bronze statues a month ago that they rolled out Jackie Chan presumably because they figured he’d be a credible mouth piece for Western audiences, I guess they figured if people will listen to the likes on Bono about Africa and climate change, they’ll feel Chan will be accepted as a good guy with some valid opinions.

You have to say it’s kind of unexpected that someone who had all the benefits of the relative freedoms of Hong Kong would suddenly side with a bunch of communist dictators.  After all surely Jackie would want ordinary Chinese to enjoy the same freedoms he’s enjoyed, right?

Apparently not.

Mr Chan’s now come out and uneqiviolicly sided with the communist dictators that run China. 

I guess like many western celebrities that go off the tracks, Jackie’s self importance has gone to his head.

He’s now suggesting that actually (other) Chinese are all a bit stupid and need to be controlled. Naturally this doesn’t apply to himself as he should be free to say whatever he wants and travel freely around the world living an opulent lifestyle while ordinary Chinese struggle under semi feudal conditions.

All this bollocks and rank hypocrisy goes down well with the Communist elite in China and soon they’ll have him sitting in their rubber stamp parliament. If I were Chinese I’d be hurling his DVD’s onto a big bonfire in protest.

Communist Olympics

Bare with me as this is quite a long quote…

Sun Ruonan’s ancestors opened the building as a restaurant on the axis south of Tiananmen Square a long time ago. The city tried to raze it last year to plant grass and ornamental shrubs beside the Olympic cycling route. Sun and her younger sister, Ruoyu, an Australian citizen, refused to vacate.

On Tuesday, Sun, 57, sat alone in the dining room of the restaurant, surrounded by her cats. Festive paper lanterns still hung in the dining room, which was redolent of cat litter and decay. It was 4 p.m. and Sun was still in her pajamas.

“I don’t really want to oppose the government,” she said, breaking into tears. “For those of us who have lived through the Cultural Revolution, this life is like heaven.”

The city has bullied her to leave. One night last year a bulldozer slammed into the building. Neighbors are paid to keep watch over her, and notify the police when she has guests. Sun said officials had pressed her doctor into refusing to give her care.

Her building is falling apart. The government, for the sake of appearances, has put up scaffolding with green netting around it.

As the cyclists race past her home in August, it will be easy for spectators to miss the posters, begging for help, taped to the door.

“I’m hanging here like a nail,” she said.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/28/asia/china.php

I think the Olympics is a load of rubbish, all the supposed high ideals about amateur sport undermined by drugs cheats and politics.

The Chinese regime and it’s appologists can carry on all they want about seperating politics from sport, but they were the ones who use politics when it suits them so they are stuck with it.

This deeply sad story is only one of thousands and the result of a regime that is completely out of touch and has no respect for it’s citizens.

I hope that every visitor and participant in this farce of a sporting events pauses to consider that by participating in the Olympics they are in their own small way legitimising this sort of abuse of peoples basic human rights.

Boiled down to the bare facts there is no other way to spin this. Every minute of time, every dollar of advertising revenue gives the communist regime the recognition and legitimacy it craves.

Kungfu Panda and Chinese Freedom of Expression

“A few weeks ago, when the movie opened in China, there was already a call for a boycott – on the grounds that foreigners had lifted one of China’s most precious symbols, the panda, and were using it for their own profit… …the main question being asked is: how could Western filmmakers have used Chinese themes to create such a brilliant animated movie with such widespread appeal to the Chinese themselves?”

It is strange that this should cause the Chinese so much angst, but points to something that everyone else in the world should not under-estimate.

What should not be under estimated is that the vast majority of Chinese have been brought up in a society that has been carefully managed by Communists with the sole aim at perpetuating their long term grip on power.

Chinese are systematically brainwashed to the whim of the people in power from birth to death.

That’s not to say that people don’t think independently (or are stupid), as they do, they just either end up deeply unhappy, overseas or in prison.

Every time ‘we’ see some strange Chinese reaction to something we take for granted, we need to understand the pervasive brainwashing that has gone on for a number of generations.

How the hell anyone can expect creative spirit (even to create something as banal as a Panda that’s an expert in martial arts) to flourish in a society that controls almost even aspect of peoples thought?  What is surprising is that it should even be discussed.

However, I guess that Chinese are starting to confront these issues is a hopeful sign that they may be collectively questioning the grip the Communist Party has on people’s lives. On the other hand if is boils now to some silly nationalist argument then that will demonstrate how successful the communists have been in controlling thought.

Asian Vigilantes Strike back

First off, I have no problem with people employing any means at their disposal in self defense. Vigilantism however, is a bit different. There is a fine line between self defence and preemptive action, and vigilantes can quickly cross that fine line taking justice into their own hands, this slips into a grey area where the crowd mentality descends into prejudice and suspicion, that isn’t justice or self defence, it’s mob rule. It may be that the media has chosen the word ‘vigilante’ when the group itself has not actually used this word – they should be correcting the media at every opportunity.

If your’e squemish, don’t check out this link, but this shows rather graphically what happens when people get really pissed about crime and take matters into their own hands… http://pakistaniat.com/2008/05/16/vigilante-justice-burnt-alive-karachi/comment-page-7/

It may well be that the Asians (mainly Chinese) who have got together to protect themselves are really just trying to help their fellow citizens avoid becoming victims, and clearly there’s nothing at all wrong with this. The website (curiously in English) http://www.aag.org.nz/faq.php seems reasonable enough, a pity the interviewees on radio and TV have sometimes verged on the slightly hysterical. I question why they feel that Asians (a pretty broad ethic generalisation) have specifically different requirements from any other ethnic group when it comes to dealing with the effects of crime. I can’t think of any, but I can sure think of some habits that ethnic Chinese immigrants have brought with them that would make them a target of crime – like the weakness for carrying large amounts of cash around with them.

The ‘rest of us’ (the group has introduced the distinction, so for this post I’ll stick with it) don’t walk around carrying (often) tens of thousands of dollars in cash, I personally very rarely carry cash at all. There is really no need to, you can comfortably get by using electronic transactions whether they be card or web based without needing to use cash at all. If any other ethnic group displayed a predilection for carrying and hoarding cash then without doubt it would be the target of crime. The reasons why people persist in using cash when it is not really required could be debated, lets just say, electronic transactions are traceable by agencies like the IRD, and that may be one reason.

This sort of crime is nothing new, it isn’t recent or unique to New Zealand. In parts of Asia you need to be pretty careful about what you do and when, with the exception being Singapore – but even they have crime. In every situation it requires you to do as the locals do and exercise common sense.

That’s not to say we should just accept crime, clearly we shouldn’t, but equally no one should put themselves in position where they attract the attention of criminals.

The events of the last few weeks have been appalling and its good that the ‘Asian’ community has become active in the law and order debate. What I saw when Yin Ping Yang and Joanne Wang were murdered, was not a crime against Asians or Chinese, but a crime against a fellow New Zealander.

It would be better for NZders of Asian ethnicity to join the groups established by their fellow New Zealanders rather than form their own thus perpetuating what seems to be a social isolation from other New Zealanders. This way they could have added their voices to the debate about law and order issues, and learned from the experiences of the rest of us. One of the best ways of dealing with this problem is for all New Zealanders to work together as a common group, not a disparate ethnic groups. We are all victims of crime.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”

Confucius

Olympic Torch Farce

It’s not at all surprising the communist Chinese dictatorship has picked up on something the Nazi’s dreamt up – the Olympic Torch Ceremony.

“Hey Comrades, if we parade the torch through key countries with a happy smiling rent-a-crowd cheering “go China”, everyone in the world will just know we have become a country that has ‘made it’ and they’ll respect us, and that will give our corrupt dictatorship a tonne of street cred”… duh.

Unfortunately the Chinese ‘Government’ has the finesse and sophistication of an old jandal when it comes to Public Relations. I can only assume that they are so self deluded that they genuinely believe that the rest of the planet will accept the rubbish that they feed the local brain-washed population. Any sane organisation would have got an interational PR agency or someone like Tony Blair in to assist. When you look at it I really do think you could almost put enough spin on it to make the whole thing look positive and have certain parts of the media fawning all over the Chinese ‘Leaders’. Torch run

You really have to suspend belief when completely out of the blue Chinese citizens gather in their thousands outside French supermarkets in China to protest… what no tanks??? oh wait, it’s not about the Chinese ‘government’ it’s those nasty westerners – and if it allows the oppressed citizens to let off a bit of steam then maybe that’s a good thing. I’d like to see the same people try and protest against their ‘government’, the miss-treatment of Chinese farmers, or in support of religious freedom. I somehow don’t see the same level of accommodation. 

If the Communists achieved one thing, it was to put foreign governments in an uncomfortable position, being seen to condone the events in Tibet by putting on a massive and expensive Police guard to protect a stupid flame.

I would imagine some people in democracies must be wondering exactly why so many Chinese have been coming out in support of a regime that in 1989 was quite comfortable about machine gunning it’s own citizens, and no doubt wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.

This was neatly summed up in this article today http://www.stuff.co.nz/4497123a10.html when you have a couple of generations who have been systematically brainwashed, what on earth do you expect. 

I have always thought the Olympics was a crock, and this years will be no exception. 

If the unelected dictatorship that run’s China really thought that throwing up a few flash buildings and holding a sporting event, would give them legitimacy both abroad and at home, they are going to be pretty disappointed at the end of it. Once the party’s over and the buildings are crumbling Chinese citizens will re focus their attentions on the many problems internally.

And Tibet, well just like Taiwan, give people the vote and they will make their own decisions. If you look around the world their are plenty of examples of previously ‘inseparable’ parts of a ‘nation’ going their own way, especially once they feel economically comfortable, look at Scotland.