BEIJING (Reuters) - China lost its main hope for a track gold on Monday when 110 meters hurdles Olympic champion and national hero Liu Xiang pulled out injured from the Games.
His painful departure in front of shocked fans at the Bird's Nest stadium took the gloss off an otherwise magnificent Games for China, who lead with 35 (now 45, updated at 21 August) golds on Day Ten and look untouchable even by perennial medal-league winners the United States.
They have 19(now 27, updated at 21 August) gold medals.
Maybe this site can no longer threaten the Chinese government. Maybe the officials thought it's pretty good to see the Chinese were trying to defend this country. Maybe some guy had applied for a removal of the embarrassing blanking off. Maybe it was just a misunderstanding to ban this community.
Anyway, thank you, GFW! Hope you won't block this site again, but it's really stupid to close CSDN.net!!!
update: I cannot access this site normally this afternoon, happiness is always a flash of time, I guess Maybe the reason is the American built GFW system had just encountered a system halt, one of the cursed engineer had just restarted this system. You know, any cursed system is frail.
GFW: Great FireWall, built by CISCO CSDN: Like MSDN, the abbreviated form of "Chinese Software Develop Net"
Finally, the Game got started, it's the world's happy hour.
And, if I were the Russian, I would give the shameless Georgian a memorable lesson. The Democratic Rogue Nation is also a Rogue Nation. I'm serious, they shouldn't wage the war under the opening ceremony.
It's easy to understand the silly Georgian. Like most Chinese, I was a little worried about Taiwan before Olympics. Lee Teng-hui (Former Taiwan leader) said that it's a perfect opportunity to Declare Taiwan's Independence, it's their last chance to finish the separatist's long-cherished wish to cast as what's done cannot be undone. But maybe they had forgotten what the Great Power's dignity is.
You are doing it wrong Georgia, to provoke a war against a former Super Power, especially when some athletes of that country had just suffered by a deliberate and provocative mocking of their doping suspicion by IOC.
It's a war, people will die. Joseph Stalin won't punish you, but the others would be happy to carry out some retaliatory acts.
The "Western would help"? They just simply spoke,
I will punish you if you are weaker than me.
Anyway, let's enjoy the all human being's Olympics, the peaceful Olympics. We need to tell the whole planet that the peace is the only thing that can conquer a war.
The following pictures are all downloaded from sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU), a Chinese sponsor of the Olympics. At least we can figer out how the Chinese use the gunpowder in a peaceful way.
The fireworks, originated in ancient China, be taken focus on modern China in the last few months, is just fireworks:
"Bang" went the fireworks, everybody will see the gorgeous sparks, then everything goes quite, leaves the dark sky alone. This is how the Chinese celebrates their festival.
The Olympics are an irresistible stage for athletes—but also for those who wish to act out their grievances before the world. The Beijing Games, which kick off on Aug. 8, are hardly an exception. While Chinese leaders furiously insist they're not, and should not be, "political," these Olympics promise to become one of the most charged in history. Rarely has a more varied array of contentious issues crystallized around a single sporting event.
China is bedeviled by internal problems—human-rights violations, media censorship, corruption, pollution, labor abuses and lack of due process, to name a few. Several "domestic" issues—Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong—have also regularly spilled over into the international realm. At the same time, a host of relatively new, purely international problems have accrued to China as the country has aggressively sought access to natural resources around the world. By dealing with pariah states like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Iran in order to feed the country's voracious appetite for oil, timber and metals, Chinese leaders have been accused of playing an irresponsible global role. Their critics would like nothing more than to flay Beijing before a worldwide television audience of hundreds of millions.
Chinese officials are doing everything possible to block such protests. They've designated three remote sites in Beijing in which to corral a few neutered "demonstrations." Rarely have the Chinese military and police been more anxious or at a higher state of alert. Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Tens of thousands of police, paramilitary troops and regular soldiers have been deployed to guard Olympic facilities, major buildings and public spaces. Many foreign NGO staffers based in Beijing have been asked to leave for the summer. Visa applications to attend the Games—now requiring not only letters of invitation but hotel reservations, round-trip airline tickets and bank statements—have frequently been turned down with no explanation. Indeed, the whole bureaucratic structure of the Chinese government and party seems coiled like a spring, ready to release into action if any errant soul emerges to make a disturbance, or even express unacceptable views, in a public way.
Now, I am the first to admit that the Chinese government gives ample cause for protest. Nor is vigorous dissent always counterproductive when dealing with Beijing. But I would argue that this is not the time—and not just because any unauthorized protest is quite likely to fail. The Beijing Games present a fraught and sensitive moment. China has made a Herculean effort to prepare the way for this spectacle, in which ordinary Chinese, not just their leaders, can announce themselves to the world as having regained their national greatness. Protests would almost certainly spark the kind of nationalist and autocratic backlash that they're meant to remedy. Remember what followed the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations—a nearly 20-year period of reaction and restoration from which China has still not recovered.
This proud prickliness has deep historical roots that involve China, the West and even Japan. As I argue in the current New York Review of Books, the most critical element in the formation of China's modern identity has been the legacy of the country's "humiliation" at the hands of foreigners, beginning with its defeat in the Opium Wars in the mid-19th century and the shameful treatment of Chinese immigrants in America. The process was exacerbated by Japan's successful industrialization. Tokyo's invasion and occupation of the mainland during World War II was in many ways psychologically more devastating than Western interventions because Japan was an Asian power that had succeeded in modernizing, where China had failed.
This inferiority complex has been institutionalized in the Chinese mind. In the early 20th century China took up its victimization as a theme and made it a fundamental element in its evolving collective identity. A new literature arose around the idea of bainian guochi—"100 years of national humiliation." After the 1919 Treaty of Versailles cravenly gave Germany's concessions in China to Japan, the expression wuwang guochi—"Never forget our national humiliation"—became a common slogan. To ignore China's national failure came to be seen as unpatriotic. Since then, China's historians and ideological overseers have never hesitated to mine the country's past sufferings "to serve the political, ideological, rhetorical, and/or emotional needs of the present," as the historian Paul Cohen has written.
Sun Yat-sen, for instance, described China in 1924 as being "a heap of loose sand" that had "experienced several decades of economic oppression by the foreign powers." In his 1947 book, "China's Destiny," Chiang Kai-shek wrote: "During the past 100 years, the citizens of the entire country, suffering under the yoke of the unequal treaties which gave foreigners special 'concessions' and extra-territorial status in China, were unanimous in their demand that the national humiliation be avenged." And when the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, Mao Zedong declared, "Ours will no longer be a nation subject to insult and humiliation."
Highlighting their victimhood has led Chinese leaders to rely on what historian Peter Hays Gries calls "the moral authority of their past suffering." This was especially true during the 1960s, when non-Western countries vied with one another to appear the most "oppressed" by imperialism, and thus the most authentically revolutionary. But it has continued to the present day. In 2001, the National People's Congress passed a law proclaiming an official "National Humiliation Day." (Of course, so many historical dates were proposed that delegates couldn't agree on any particular one.)
This history pretty much guarantees that certain traits will express themselves again and again whenever China responds under stress to the outside world. "The question of Western humiliation is always unconsciously inside us," filmmaker Chen Shi-Zheng—whose recent film, "Dark Matter," explores this theme—told me. "There is something almost in our DNA that triggers autonomic, and sometimes extreme, responses to foreign criticism or put-downs." Or as Lu Xun, China's most famous essayist and social critic, lamented almost 75 years ago, "Throughout the ages Chinese have had only one way of looking at foreigners. We either look up to them as gods or down on them as wild animals."
The Chinese themselves have made the search for a more self-confident, less-aggrieved persona harder. For much of the past 100 years China has been engaged in a series of assaults on its culture and history. These frequently uncompromising self-critiques started in the early 20th century when Chinese reformers began denouncing traditional Confucian culture, above all because it seemed to have left them so weak before the technological might of the West.
By the 1930s and 1940s, these attacks began to turn against Chinese nationalists. Having begun to fashion a new identity that combined elements of both East and West, Chiang Kai-shek and his Wellesley-educated Christian wife were criticized for, among other things, being too Westernized. Then, after Mao's communists had spent three decades trying to fashion a new revolutionary identity for China, Deng Xiaoping came along and performed yet another act of demolition, this time on the revolution itself.
The failures of these successive efforts at self-reinvention have cast the Chinese adrift, with an uncertain sense of cultural and political direction. We tend to forget this when focusing on how efficient the regime in Beijing is at building infrastructure, or managing the economy. Take the reaction to the anti-Beijing protests this spring in Tibet, and later around the world as the Olympic torch made its way to China. Old-fashioned police controls were tightened and rhetoric that harked back to Mao made China look retrograde, just when it most wanted to look modern. One official raged that the gentle Dalai Lama was "a monster with a human face, but the heart of a beast."
Equally surprising was the fact that many of the most indignant counterdemonstrators—those flooding the BBC and CNN with angry Internet threats, or shouting down protesters along the torch route—were young Chinese, born during the booming post-Mao era. Because they are better educated and more worldly than their elders, one might have expected them to have been exempt from the China-as-victim syndrome. But, perhaps because they, too, have been subject to the party's propaganda, many have turned out every bit as nationalistic as older Chinese.
What made the Tibet protests such an affront to so many Chinese was the timing: China had finally allowed itself to imagine that its national identity might metamorphose from victim to victor, thanks to the alchemy of the Olympic Games. In one grand, symbolic stroke, a successful Games was meant to cleanse China's messy historical slate, overthrow its legacy of victimization and allow the country to spring forth on the world stage reborn. The Chinese, though, may again be looking for self-confidence in the wrong places. As Xu Guoqi suggests in his new book, "Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895–2008," Beijing is fixated on winning gold medals as a means of proving its status as an economic and political powerhouse. "A nation that obsesses over gold medals," Xu notes archly, "is not a self-assured nation."
Ironically, on the surface China has never seemed more "equal" to the West. Anyone arriving in Beijing is bound to be impressed by the magnificent new Norman Foster–designed Capital airport. The Beijing Olympic Park, with its Herzog & de Meuron–designed "bird's nest" stadium and its bubble-skinned, transparent National Swimming Center, is stunning. The dingy Soviet-style apartment blocks, disheveled courtyard houses and defoliated streets that I first came to know in the 1970s during the Cultural Revolution have all but vanished. Now one is everywhere overwhelmed by new "development," or fazhan, a word that has attained almost sacerdotal overtones in China.
Yet few Chinese of my acquaintance have allowed themselves to be psychologically convinced by China's success, to believe truly in China's establishment as a leading nation. To do this, I suppose, they would have to be convinced that they already are, in fact, successful and powerful; that the world has already begun to look on their country with a growing sense of wonder, even envy, and that the past is, in fact, the past.
While honest criticisms should not be muted just because Chinese leaders find them grating, we foreigners should be mindful of this complex psychological landscape. In reacting to contemporary events, we tend to forget just how deeply implicated we are in how China came to experience and view the modern world. This long relationship has created a still rather unyielding tension as each country interacts with the other. Despite the fact that China has gotten closer than ever to escaping from this past, it's important to understand that its leaders and people are still susceptible to older ways of responding to the world around them. Now is not the time to provoke them further and impede their progress toward a new, more equal and self-assured sense of nationhood.
Adapted from “China: Humiliation and the Olympics” by Orville Schell, published in the current New York Review of Books.
Before this blog, I will try to introduce the extensive influence of the Instant Messenger (IM) Tencent QQ in China. It's very interesting to analysis how the QQ Group becomes the most influential media in the young students aged from 6 to 26.
The MessageGroups in MSN is quite different from Tencent QQ, for example, I joined about 20 groups in my QQ, but there is only one MessageGroup in my MSN, I even don't know how I joined this group, who cares? In Skype, I must endure the endless interruptions of some human rights activists of China, every 2 or 3 days I would be taken into a Enforced Human Right Preachmentlike this following public chat.
There exist many differences between each IM, QQ group is one of the most interesting function Tencent QQ has. In fact, I got the news popped up unannounced about the M7.9 Wenchuan Earthquake from one of my QQ group several minutes after the earthquake, one of my school classmate reported this news in the news agency like QQ group.
So you get how the QQ qroup influences the young Chinese's normal life, I will post some pictures of the words I got from different groups in my QQ in the following blog. It's always the source of some rumor or instant urgent news, or jokes between friends, like a society. Tens of thousnds of Chinese are connected by the QQ group, I added some neccessary explainations in case you want to know what happened.
"Hi, dude, do you know how smart Li bai was, that "this God of poetry" had predicted the shameless Japanese would visit to the Yasukuni war shrine to commemorate the Class A war Criminals of WWⅡ! Their forefathers were war criminals, they will do the same thing if possible. I hate Japan, I hate Japanese, I will kill all the Japanese if I can."
This is a young guy who just found something stupid the Japanese had done. In fact, I don't like Japanese too, for some reason, but it's ridiculous to hate a nation, especially when you are not as strong as that country. They are worth studying from, we have to learn first.
This is also a young guy when he noticed that the French blowed off the Olympic Torch in Paris. I felt embarrassed when I got nothing about this rumor by searching in google: so many young Chinese are so easy to get provoked by a company who sells milk and silk stockings. About French, Yes, they can make the airbus and nuclear power plant, they are all the best debaters and mathematicians if necessary. They are really smart, sometimes too smart.
"Hi, dude, Do you know how smart Li bai was, that this poet had predicted the Wenchuan earthquake before Beijing Olympics!"
Something like this.
The common ground of these poems I posted above is that only the colored characters are modified, but you will find another meaning if you read every first character of each lines, and then every last character of each lines, but they shuold be meaningless under usual conditions. It's called Cangtou (hide the both ends) poem in Chinese culture which can be used to hide the very thought of the poet, or to show his literary or artistic talents. I searched these strange poems in baidu.com later on, and found many posts in some forums or blogs the same variations of this poem, or sometimes the refutions of this variations by some guy who got tired of this rumor and declared that the modifiers of this poem are too timid to express their anger in the name of the ancient forefathers.
Li Bai had died for thousand years, we shall write by our names, and take the responsibility for what we wrote.
During my search, I found many other funny variations of this kind of poem, here are some funny modifications:
Finally, I found the source poem of these variation:
It's from a Kung Fu novel wrote several years ago:
Let's recollect the chapter 1 of this blog, the poem I posted days before: ^_^
OK, this is the whole thing, the fathers of all the poems I shared, it was written by Liu Changqing 1300 years ago. This is part of the Chinese culture tradition.
I wrote something like this poem hours ago in the bus backing home, and I thought it's better than some poems above at least , you can write too if you know a little Chinese , just change the characters into another and let them not be too hard to pronounce, you see, I'm a poet too.
This is the whole thing I'm gonna share, it's very funny to find the different variations, especially when you created something like that.
About the last picture I posted, you should read this link first to make sense of it, if you have interest, please enjoy. It's the most hot words in current China.
The drawing I made above is the typical layout of this Chinese poetry, yes, you may get that the ancient Chinese wrote articles from top to bottom, then from right to left, a little like the Arabic writing. Actually, the Chinese always write the inscription poetry on a landscape painting, so the collectors will stamp their private seals on the collections, sometimes the most famous masterpieces are often found dozens of red names in the blank.
Many Chinese thought it is so beautiful that they translated it into English as following to share with the English world:
As night fell, the mountains loomèd dark and distant; The weather was cold, the thatched house pallid and broke. Hearing a barking dog at the cottage door, I knew; Braving wind and night snow, my host had come back late.
At nightfall I feel distant of the green hill. The thatched hut seems starker in the chill. I hear the dog barking at the brushwood gate. With wind and snow the host returns so late.
And some English writer also had interest about this little poetry:
A Winter Scene Liu Changqing (709-780)
Translated by W.J.B. Fletcher (1918)
The daylight far is dawning across the purple hill. And the white house of the poor with winter’s breathing chill. The house dog’s sudden barking, which hears the wicket go, Greets us at night returning through driving gale and snow.
Encountering a snowstorm,i stay with the recluse of mount hibiscus Liu Changqing (709-780)
Translated by Dell R.Hale (1975)
dark hills distant in the setting sun, thatched hut stark under wintry skies, a dog barks at the brushwood gate, as someone heads home this windy,snowy night.
Seeking shelter in lotus hill on a snowy night Liu Changqing (709-780)
Translated by X.Y.Z (1988)
at sunset hillside village seems farr; cold and deserted the thatched cottage are . at wicket gate a dog is heard to bark. with wind and snow i come when night is dark.
I found this blog when I tried to find anything related about this poem, the blogger had added Robert Frost's poem to give some comparison about these different translations, it's quite interesting, here is what he wrote:
It would be interesting to compare this quatrain with Robert Frost's Stopping by woods on a snowy evening:
my little horse must think it queer to stop without a farmhouse near
between the woods and frozen lake the darkest eveing of the year.
he gives his harness bells a shake to ask if there is some mistake.
the only other sound ''s the sweep of easy wind and downy flake.
Here is my dear:D reader's newly finished translation, quite good :
You have installed a Linux distribution, now you want to type a single Chinese in case you need it. I will share with you how to install the Chinese Input Method scim-python from source under Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.
Download the source code package from Google Code, then make install it.
If you haven't installed the gcc compiler, you may install it first:
Now you will have to uncompress the .tar.gz compressed file you have downloaded:
$ tar zxvf scim-python-0.1.13rc1.tar.gz
If you get the .tar.bz2 package, just use this command instead:
$ tar jxvf scim-python-0.1.13rc1.tar.bz2
After preparing these environment, you can cd into the specified uncompressed folder and make install it:
$ cd scim-python-0.1.13rc1
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr
$ sudo make install
I installed Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Hardy Heron into Drive C: under Windows Vista via Daemon Tool, which is used to mount the i386 installation .iso image in Windows. It's very easy to obtain this user-friendly Linux Distribution. You can also Get Linux from zero in 5 minutes, the Knoppix is also based on Debian, you should burn the Knoppix Live CD into a bootable CD to boot into Linux, no data in your computer would be in risk.
As the "Milk of Provence", Pastis is very common for many French as apéritif. When Laurent changed the liquour's appearance from dark transparent yellow to milky soft yellow by bending together with the cool Evian Spring Water, I just finished drinking the cheapest red wine he provided. This is my first time coming into contact with the common French food.
As he said, he pays no attention to the brand of the wine, but must drink Evian Spring Water imported from his hometown, instead of the chlorine smelled tap water we drink everyday. I ate the grilled salmon after some hesitation, I don't like to eat fish at all. Only be heated, this meat is the typically deprivation cuisine, I had a majority of this food and kept asking him little questions about the French delicacies. He told me something about nutrition, that a little this kind of food can last long, or things like this.
As a Chinese, especially a man comes from Sichuan Province, I disapprovingly recalled the meals my Mom Cooked. Every man loves the food his Mom cooked, no matter where he is. Still, I also like the French dumpling stuffed with cheese and the Pastis, they exceeded my imagination.
Related Links and knowledges about Apéritif Pastis:
The excellent book Aperitif, by Georgeanne Brennan, has introduced three variations on classic pastis which she learned about from neighbors while living in Provence. They all have an ounce of pastis and 4 - 5 ounces of cold water in common, but are all flavored with different sweetened syrups -- almond, grenadine and mint. This produces vibrant colors in these drinks as well, and their names, particularly "The Tomato" and "The Parrot", refer to their color rather than anything having to do with their flavor.
La Mauresque (the Moorish) Pour one ounce of pastis into the glass, followed by 1 tablespoon of orgeat syrup (you can substitute almond syrup), then pour in about 4 ounces of cold water, and an ice cube or two if you like. Stir and serve. La Tomate (the tomato) Pour one ounce of pastis into the glass, followed by 1 tablespoon of grenadine, then pour in about 4 ounces of cold water, and an ice cube or two if you like. Stir and serve.
Le Perroquet (the parakeet) Pour one ounce of pastis into the glass, followed by 1 tablespoon of green mint syrup, then pour in about 4 ounces of cold water, and an ice cube or two if you like. Stir and serve.
Don't worry, there is no visa for you. You can enjoy life with your newly married wife this summer, why come to the crowded Beijing?
Yes, I know, China need a ceremony, without you, it will be incomplete. Question is, are you really so important? China need your prove to be one of the leaders? Or, it's illegal if you don't come? But I think the Chinese value American's opinion more than French's.
Although we have so many problems, China will solve her ethnic minority issues ALONE. Mind your own problems, who do you think you are? You are not the defender of the justice. I think France has many many problems too, you should really focus on your domestic matters, try to solve your OWN problem, OK?
If Dalai Lama come to Beijing this summer, it's not your contribution. If you think you have done many work, then I have to say you have done many work to hurt the Chinese, it's not a proud story.
If we are brave enough to love, strong enough to forgive, generous enough to rejoice in another's happiness, and wise enough to know there is enough love to go around for us all, then we can achieve a fulfillment that no other living creature will ever know.
Are we strong enough to forgive?
Maybe not, we still cannot be brave enough to talk about the stories happened 19 years ago.
Anyway, I will talk about another story instead.
For years, people are talking about Dalai Lama, but who knows how the British steal the birthplace(Tawang, the Indian called Arunachal Pradesh) of the 6th Dalai Lama(ཚངས་དབྱངས་རྒྱ་མཚོ, a very famous late 17th century poet in Tibet)? How the PLA withdrew voluntarily from Tawang after easily achieving that overwhelming victory?
I started to read some books about Tibet after that 3.14 riot in Lhasa. The more I know about the Tibetan history, the more compassion I feel for the Tibetan. They are really a poor group in the modern world, they brutally killed their most enlightened reformist leader who just want to foster social progress, they ridiculously arranged the doomed petition with the two most powerful countries in the early 20th century and again the late 20th century to hold the Lama's power, they even thought it's all right to leave themselves alone as an imaginary Shangri-La myth, a boring static decaying feudal society.
The British will help, then the British were swept away with their noble Lama's birthplace.
The American will help, really? "The smart Dalai Lama had won every battle, but he would definitely lose the war." Why? Because a people cannot rely on other people's selfless assistance all the time, you must learn to grow up to face the real world, alone.
So, when I found the ridiculous articles they wrote to explain their crazy behaviors, I just felt somewhat a little familiar. Yes, a little bit familiar like the stories in the early 1900s. "Those who do not study history, are doomed to repeat it." Some westerners thought it is a simple Oppressed story, it's alright, I don't care. But what you behaved next after the boxers raped your ambassadress in 1900? The 100,000 soldiers of the 8 most advanced countries joined up to travel in Beijing?
I once said that a great country has to face the verbal abuse of the other countries, and then smile. Yes, if we are strong enough.
One thing is clear, maybe it is not so comfortable to find that the Chinese is learning to forgive the invaders.
Get used to it, man. I'm really so curious that how would the mainstream media judge the medals the Chinese would get in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, maybe the Chinese are all medal robots ?
This man comes from Yingxiu town, center of the destructive M8.0 Wenchuan earthquake. He said he is very lucky that day for another colleague went to the working place instead of him. There is no Yingxiu anymore, he said, in front of me and Ding, his senior school classmate, in this sunny Shanghai evening.
The jiong family is quite popular in China now:yikes: , the Character originally means put the rice in the barn, now the young guys think the emotional expression is so cute.
I made a avatar for myself.^_^
Here is some other pictures I arranged from the web:
Some jiong 囧 emotions。 The jiongest cat: The happy onion bulb: All lay load on the willing horse. The Japnanese Jiong Super hero. The young boys in the classroom: The fresh water crab pronounces like harmony in Chinese, this is the Chinese style harmonious emotion.
Like the common citizens in China, the protestors also need to learn. It's strange to enforce the other person to listen to the holy stories, then ban him while you are trying to strive for the Human Right.
We still lack the modern spirits. How to protest? It's a problem.
After nearly one year, I came back to my opera community by using OperaTor again. You know, sometimes things they don't want you to get through are always better than what they provided.
But this is not the reason why I came back here to learn to write something in English, it's silly to complain the current Chinese government in a GFW-banned website.
1. The wanna-grasp-everything officials don't care the words which cannot be seen or understood by the common masses; 2. The English world is full of accusations on the "evil" Chinese government, who would not willing to take time to bear the broken English written by a second-rate blogger, they have enough information resources; 3. I'm not as such immature as that Duke freshman, who would willing to accuse her motherland where her whole beloved family members live in to realize any, maybe political end. Yes, the article she "wrote" published in the Washington Post was "aided" by a famous targetting-China human-rights activist. She will soon be forgotten by the mainstream media of the Western world, but will never be forgotten by the Chinese, including me. Things are not as simple as she thought, she was too young to take part in the "Adult's Game".
So, why I wrote in this blog with a language I'm not familiar, I asked myself.
Well, sometimes the answer is simple:
1. Opera is a simple but great browser, especially after I got so disappointed with Mozilla. The OperaTor pack is easy to use to visit the wikipedia or other nice website in the world from Mainland China. My opera community is a comfortable place to go to enjoy some simple care, simple love between each other: people may praise somebody just because he/she think the blogger's words is interesting or something cute. Few people criticize everyday to express stress, complain everything or show off, which can be found in many other blog sites I visited. In fact I'm full of disappointment in my mind, and lack the courage to love before my trying to getting contact with the lovely my opera friends, so I'm glad to my opera community to find something good, to love simply with my opera friends.
2. Something happended these days about my dear motherland where I'm now living in. Maybe it is better to learn to hear or tell the stories between each other, after all, no one can say he/she is absolutely right. The faultfinder will find faults even in paradise, and he can find any faults he want in the words not written by the language of mathematics. I mean, the words need to be written to praise the love instead of hate, so I will try to show something not-so-evil or loveworthy in this country, after all, an "evil" country cannot develop so fast in the past 30 years, an "evil" nation cannot last long for 5000 years without any disturbance on this planet, there must exist something good to support this nation's progress in spite of the existence of the not-so-perfect Chinese government.
3. I'm sort of like the other common Chinese student, who can read English well, but lack the environment to speak, write or listen English frequently, whcih resulted to be the read-only English learner:(. I'm now working with a very smart French, he always talks with me in Chinese, I even cannot talk smoothly with him in English! Sometimes I'm so ashamed. So, I would try to learn English well, to think in different ways, to write exactly what I want to tell. Then, if my English is good enough, I'm dreaming that oneday I would be lucky enough to go to American to learn the great in the Ivy League, the United States is really worthy study in.
Herein lies the danger for the government. Popular anger, once roused, can easily switch targets. This weekend China will be commemorating an event seen as pivotal in its long revolution—the protests on May 4th 1919 against the humiliation of China by the Versailles treaty (which bequeathed German “concessions” in China to Japan). The Communist Party had roots in that movement. Now, as then, protests at perceived slights against China's dignity could turn against a government accused of not doing enough to safeguard it.
It's 89 years, but we are still repeating the Angry. From 1919 to 1989, then 2008. I got every A in my history examinations, but what I learned in those years are just some dates, names and the big brother's glorious leadings, and I was proud of it.
I never studied history, the history studied me. History is history, those who do not study history, are doomed to repeat it.
The May 4th Movement shall be commemorated seriously by all of us: Why we got slapped by the Frogs in 1919, and again got the same slap like 89 years ago? What the hell happened? We don't know, we have just been angried for at least 89 years, but we still lack the courage to take a close look at ourselves, seriously.
A great country should learn to hear some verbal abuse carried forward, and then smile.
Wei is going to be on TV next whole week as an interior designer to talk about the sample unit of some real estate developers, I'm so glad to hear this news.
So many things happened in our family, but I haven't done anything to healed the rift between us yet.
I was the last one who set his face against your marriage, but I felt really bad when I objected to this not long after my supporting to your decision. It's really evil to seperate the couple for no other reason than that the guy maybe a good for nothing, in other words, he is a poor guy.
I'm a poor guy too!
I'm so sorry for what I have done, I shouldn't have broken your heart anymore. I just betrayed you soon after my comfort to you. I was yelling that night to myself in my mind that: You are my sister, you are my ONLY sister, what shall I do if something happened to you after your running away with tears?
But you didn't lost yourself in this misfortune and achieved some little breakthrough in your career, I really respect your courage.
When a country feels unsafe, he would try to defend. That's all.
So, the army were sent to Xinjiang, Tibet and later Korea in the early 1950s after the PLA destroyed the nationalist Kuomintang regime in the late 1949s, like most regimes which regenerated the whole China's unification did in the history.
If Kuomintang won the civil war, they would also send army to Tibet, I believe.
After all, Unlike the ancient times, Tibet is of greater strategic importance now. It's not a moral issue, it's about national interest.
Still, I thought the government of China needs to reconsider the policy on Tibet affairs, It's time to establish real local autonomous system, like most regimes which regenerated the whole China's unification did in the history.
All the nationalism are generated from a Common Inferiority Complex after the masses receiving no more than obscurant and brainwashing education.
I don't think there have been generated a rising Nationalism Thoughts in China, but I can feel the Inferiority Complex clearly, both the Tibetan and the Han. The whole education system need to be reconsidered profoundly, all of us shouldn't take ourselves as victims anymore!
The Tibetan would crazy today, we would crazy tomorrow.
So, just give the Tibetan some freedom, give the common Chinese some freedom too. Don't be partial, please.
When I started this topic several days ago, I thought I would finish it right away. After all, It is just a simple issue in my mind back then.
Maybe as simple as a drop of water, maybe as complex as that drop.
When I tried to defend my nation in my opera community by using English, I had to face the reality that my dear country stabbed me in the back by blanking off this community rudely. I felt really bad about this rigid behavior The Propaganda Department of CCCPC carried out.
There have been too many Cs in my life, I thought. I had just resigned from a wholly-owned subsidiary of CCCC half years ago, now I have to face the omnipresent news Censorship Coverage of CCCPC in the internet. There is a CCC display manage option if I right click on my laptop's desktop. Most maddening of all is that the damn technology provider of the famous advanced GFW System is CISCO.
OK, let it go. I must finish the topic this time.
Like most peers in this country, I was educated to respect the ethnic minorities from childhood. But it's not easy to respect them in a very appropriate manner. The problem is that: they are not just something like the endangered species, they are human-beings. What they need is TRUE respect, which means we are now equal in any way; we can talk about the nice bubby of that girl leisurely. Well, it's not easy for me to swear in the name of my mother that I just respect them. Generally speaking, just like the Western common people never respected the Chinese, the Chinese common people never respected the minorities. All they have is courtesy, unconcerned courtesy with some superiority complex, and pretending to be equal in any ways.
It's harsh, but the truth is harsh.
What's the problem?
First of all, it's not a moral issue. It's about equality. All men are created equal? It's just a dream. Inequality is constant in the world.
Then we should discuss where does the respect hide.
Take me as a example:
1: I’m not a philanthropist, who loves and respects everything sincerely, I’m sort of so hot tempered that I would easily choose to come to blows with that guy who dare call me by the four-letter words.
2: I’m not such an easy man who would tell every first met friend of his pursuing life ideal or the color of underwear.
So, when I met a wayside poor Tibetan in Ganzi County in my junior year of University, I just felt a little superiority complex and greeted him with courtesy. But he would think that: hey, that Han people may have mercy on me deep in his smaile, we are born equal, I don't need his any pity. When the government decided to give the Tibetan 20 bonus point in NCEE, he would take this as another type of pity. When the temples were destroyed by both the fanatical Tibetan and Han people, he would blame the Han people were evil, and the Tibetan was lost. When lots of Tibetan and Han people were all starved to death, he would blame the Han people had just carried out a massacre.
The weak nation is inclined to believe them victims and behaves in an one-sided way, the strong people is inclined to let things slide and behaves in a more all-sided way.
So, the world is full of terrorists and cracking down, full of war in every aspects.
The world is not perfect.
I will expain in a short way for what reason should I have such a confident mood?
Well, as a Han-Chinese, I know a little history of the Dynasties of China. The Dynasty of Central Plains of China dominated the somewhat isolated East Asia ever since The First Emperor united China 2229 years ago.
The traditional Chinese Civilization considered the whole world (land under heaven) is composed of the Central Empire (basically suitable for cultivation); the civilized edge Fanshu states (a bit like Vassal states): Corea (Korea), Annam (Vietnam), Wo (Japan), small Kingdoms in Malay Archipelago; North Barren Land, scattered with nomadic barbarians (Huns, East Hu, Turk, Tungus, Qiang-Tibetan, Uighur); Other far away nations (Our historiographer knew the Roman Empire, but the emissary mistook the Persian Gulf territory as Rome Empire and just went home after presenting the credentials to somebody. -_-!).
The East Asia are geographically independent in the ancient times and the Chinese never have the chance to face another powerful Agricultural Civilization’s challenge, all the enemies were barbarians, barbarians and barbarians bla-bla-bla. In the nature of things, the Chinese formed that a little bit silly arrogant world-centered myth.
After the modern nation-states were founded one after another, the Communist Party of China finally united this nation and founded the modern China stumblingly also. It was then 1949, the Han-Chinese just dominated this country like old times, but here comes by a hard nut to crack: there are so many highly civilized powerful countries in the world, how to survive?
In the old times, the North Barren Land (Northwest Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Western Desert Regions, and Mongolian Plateau) was less important when there were no real Civilization threats beyond this region.
But times changed.
to be continued...
CCCC: China Communications Construction Company
CCCPC: The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
CCC: Catalyst Control Center (ATI's CCC display management software.)
CISCO: CISCO IS a COllaborator.
GFW: Great FireWall
NCEE: National College Entrance Exam
East Hu (Is there anyone really care about this? I doubt.):
The East Hu people was exterminated by Huns in Qin Dynasty(221B.C-206B.C), the lefted were divided into 2 people: Wuhuan and Xianbei; Wuhuan was exterminated by Cao Wei Dynasty in 207 A.D, the Xianbei was assimilated into Han-Chinese, the left of Xianbei evolved to Rouran people; Rouran was exterminated by Turk in 552 A.D, the left were divided into Qidan and Mongolian; Qidan (Khitan, Katay) people was assimilated into Han-Chinese.
I know the Chinese government blocked the passage of messages, as they always did.So do the media behaved in that website, like always, but they thought they have the justice.
There is an old Proverb in Chinese to describe this: "做了婊子还要立牌坊，爷爷我最讨厌这种人"。 You've sucessfully brought shame on your face when you brought shame on the Chinese.
Is it really so silly for you to respect an old country?
One more word to the Tibet-in-exile government:
Don't take Dalai Lama's death to threaten terrorism or some guerrilla stuff, don't use injustice to against the inferiority complex in your mind.
It's no big deal receiving some British Education, don't be too proud.The British sent many of you to College 100 years ago just after killing 10,000 more Tibetan, they took you as some barbarian in their mind, someendangered animal species, that's all.
If you want to take part in producing some video again like that funny 1-hour-long documentary showed in BBC 4, March 31,
JUST DO IT.
I will take the next 1-hour-lie as the epitaph of your foolish, like always.
Every people survived in the modern world deserves respect:
The Italian who named the western society; The British who created the modern world; The Arab who saved the European civilization; The Indian who teached half Asia to think; The Russian who never failed any national war; The Mongolian who conquered 4/5 of the civilized world; The Chinese who dominated the East Asia ever since civilized.
So does the other people.
Tibet was once powerful when Sontzen Gampo found Tubo Dynasty early 7th Century, but soon they fell into a complete collapse into anarchy and sectarian bloodletting until the Mongolian came, no matter how you regard it, since when Tibet was indisputable part of China legally.
But the era of nation-states has been moving towards its end, a new Globalization era is now waving to us. China suffered a lot to adjust himself to adapt to the new era. The whole nation is even now suffering the swift change caused by the rapid expansion of our economy, you shouldn't blame this nation for everything you are now suffering. Maybe you should find out why you people is now behind the Times.
In the cold weapon age, the competition between the Empires was cruel, for example, the Mongolian killed 200 million people during their conquest. The Mongolian takes great pride in their Empire, but they suffered unquestionable bruising military defeat by Ming Dynasty in 1410, because the hot weapon age had come. They never have the chance to turn over by the cavalry again. They are now using Кириллица(Cyrillic) to spell their Khalkha Mongol, leaving the old Uyghur-Mongol created by Genghis Khan in the dust.
The Tibetan said they wish to stand alone like Mongolia, and take the Inner Mongolia as a positive proof of premeditated culture extinction(Dalai Lama). But what the truth is the Inner Mongol can still read the rescript issued by Genghis Khan, can write the Uyghur-Mongol Script used by their King 800 hundred years ago. How about The State of Mongolia? They are now using the letters invented by the people they once conquered, left their King alone. Anyone who has interesting about this would search the key words"Ulaanbaatar" to find the pictures of their Capital.
I was sitting on a oily smooth bench, struggling with that 2 yuan meal as usual in a student-oriented cheap restaurant outside my school, when the news came that the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia was bombed by NATO.
I was a junior three student then, striving hard to prepare for the coming examination for entering senior school. I would play football in that nice football field with my fellows once in a while, or play PS games like Winning Eleven 3 in the still student-oriented game room. I loved the StarCraft so much that I didn't mind waste some time to play Terrain against other classmates. Every Saturday afternoon was our big-time to relax for a while, we would rush out of the classroom after the bell rang to contest for any table-tennis table. That was one of the happy times in my life, I love my Junior school.
2150 years ago, a great poet went from here to Chang'an, Capital of the Han Dynasty, to strive for the whole nation's praise. He did. I can still read his poetry without any difficulty. I wish I could be someone like Sima Xiangru in those days.
When the CCTV showed us the ruins of our embassy that very Saturday evening, everybody fell silent at that moment. It was a huge humiliation, nobody would forget that, ever. It's reported that tens of thousands of students took to the streets to crusade against American's hostility. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth? No, we cannot strike back, for they are the only super power of the world, they can do anything if they like. All we can do is throwing some eggs on their embassy, that's all. Every student could feel their sneers when the one stood outside of that stupid embassy. Their bombs blew our embassy with the old nation's self pride to pieces, we can only watch, then pretend to forget that.
What filled in my mind at that moment was "Yuan Ming Yuan". "Opium War", "Treaty of Nanking", "The Nanjing Massacre", horrible shooting and robbing. Every enemy must be made to pay for their insolence. I believe.
No one would willing to remember these, no one would willing to forget. But we have to, everyone knows those who do not study history, are doomed to repeat it. This is the sorrow only doomed to belong with the "Weak Nation".
It's said that 1 million Tibetans died several years after their 1959's insurrection against the Chinese aggressors, that is, 1/6 of the whole Tibetan population.
That description approximated to the truth.
The 9th Bainqen Erdeni wrote a 70 thousand words report in 1962 to state the tribulation suffered of the Tibetan people. The report expound with humility to Premier Zhou Enlai a horrible story happened to the lords, civilians and the Buddhism culture during 1959 to 1961. As a respected leader, he was very saddened with what had happened: so many people died of insurrection, of classes struggle, of disastrous famine.
I don’t know how my father would response to these words; he was once a soldier in late 1970s. But I know definitely that he would call to remembrance the miserable memories of his family during the three successive years of famine. China's official Xinhua News Agency had described it as Three years of Natural Disasters. It happened in 1959 to 1961, same time Bainqen accused for, when 1/4 population of my father’s village died of hunger, including an elder brother of him. There is no definite evidence any way stated how many people died in those years, but a widely quoted calculation told us at least 10 million people died without any war in Sichuan Province, that is, 1/6 of the population back then.
Yes, without any war, all died of hunger. Yes, same ratio with the Tibetan.
It's a tragedy, a whole nation's tragedy, not just for the Tibetans.
So, just cherish what we have, don't blame, don't arouse any hatred between us. After all, we are a family for so many years. We've moved on, the whole family, even in those desperate time passed.
Minutes ago, I was totally a patriot, trying hard to strike back to those who hated China, who wanted to fuck us Chinese.
Now I feel like a dyed-in-the-wool idiot when I noticed that maybe what they want to fuck is The Communist Party of China.
I felt so angry when I knew that a French journalist showed a black flag pictured with 5 handcuffs when the Chinese were trying to obtain The Olympic Flame from the site of the ancient Olympics, I thought they INSULTED US CHINESE.
How dare the stupid French insult us in such a sacred ceremony? They burnt our Royal Garden, went off with our most precious artworks, now the robber wants to ruin our Olympics!
"He made a hit from this "brave" action just because he hated China and he pleased the public with claptrap to cater for the Anti-China Forces, then he could get promotion and make a killing", I got this conclusion naturally.
The official Xinhua news agency considered what I thought made sense, so they publicized the similar opinion to the whole nation.
They said that the Olympics should not be politicised, it's ridiculous to threaten to boycott the Olympics if China don't safeguard the human rights and steadily improve the human rights situation of this nation.
But they do, they have changed the Game into a comprehensive eulogistic ceremony to the System. I was so bored with what they have done to guarantee this ceremony before I heard so many innocent people were brutally killed by the mother-fucker Tibetan mobs.
I know how stupid I was, so I wrote these above to get criticized, but there are still more donkeys in the world than I thought.
I still think the local Tibetan government should give those self-righteous monks a lesson, they are too naive and now they lose any possible sympathy from the inner citizens.
They thought their friends will help, but how many friends they need to meet the whole nation's angry? They thought they have declared their independence in 1913, but who recognised? Even the British, who was then at the summit of its power, who initially instigated their stupid independence didn't think it's a great idea to provoke the weak Chinese into another brutal civil war.
It means a war, understand? No one would benefit from this.
It's so big for me to talk about the policy, but I'm willing to have a try from a common Chinese's perspective.
Many people think the autocratic Chinese government did have done something wrong over Tibet. They are right, the government did.
There is no doubt that the policy on ethnic affairs deserves our profound reflections, not only in Tibet, but also in Xin Jiang.
There is no doubt that the unrestrained state power shall be set some limit to stop doing something unreasonable, not only in Tibet, but also in the whole country.
There is no doubt that the omnipotent local bureaucrat must under effective restraint and supervision to give a usefull boost to this old country, not only in Tibet, but also in the whole country's bureaucracy.
There is no doubt that the public Education, Healthcare and Housing System need another Comprehensive Reform to free the people of this country out of apprehensiveness of making a living.
We need to carry forward our reform, but maybe you are not perfect too. So, get excited on your own problem, clowns.
There is no doubt that the government should deny the proposal carried out by the French to buy their Airbus and Nuclear Reactor, we could get through, we really don't need your help.
The French media feels very well these days, although they have easily forgotten the riot took place in Paris 6 months ago with natural tartuffery, although they easily cancelled the Dakar Rally to bow to terrorists.
It's just part of our business to buy your plane, you take this as kind of influence, we call this as kind of influence too, after all, there are less and less French goods can compete with the Made in China now.
I bet Nicolas Sarkozy, who loves four-letter words, would come to Beijing without any doubt, like always.
Let it be.
Whoever wants to boycott the Olympics, let it be.
Do you think we really care that two countries in Eastern Europe? We host you because we have to, understand?
They attended nearly every Olympic Games, but what they got in Athens is 4 gold in total, while China got 32.
I've forgotten who annouced that stupid idea Deutsche Welle reported, but I have to tell him:
If you take us as enemy, be our enemy.
China is no longer a country any cockroach can rampage through, so, give us some basic Respect. Or, just mind your own business, we DO NOT need your concern.
Maybe you would then found out why this nation can be one of the Four Ancient Nations, why the Chinese nationality is the only civilization inherited without any disturbance for at least 2849 years.
Remember one thing: When the Chinese banished the Huns out of East Asia, their motherland in 119 B.C, that is, 81 years after suffering huge humiliation from them, every citizen of the Rome Empire thought it was just a land full of barbarians.
You know what I mean, do you?
You also know what Scourge of God means, do you?
You may find out what "封狼居胥" means before you take China seriously as an enemy.
Look, I can easily read these Chinese written 2044 years ago, do you really understand "Veni, vidi, vici!", that carried forward by the Rome conquerors?
You are just a member of the European Parliament, not the King of Huns.
China has a long-lasting history of civilization, we can still read without any special preparation the seal characters used extensively in Qin Dynasty 255-206 B.C.
Many Chinese can describe easily the Characters with its original meaning, for example: The western call East Asia as Far East, (we described the Rome Empire as the Dacia (Daqin) in the far West since the Han-Dynasty.) we can easily tell you what the Chinese Character 東(East) originated. The "日" Character means the Sun, it is easy to understand that it is originated from a circle symbol center dotted, you can describe this dot as a sunspot as well. The "木" character means wood. when the two combined, it means the direction where the sun rised from the distant wood. It's the East, right?
We call the United States as "美国", what does that mean? In ancient China, sheep was very important and very nice livestock for the common people, especially the big one. The "美" Character is combined with a sheep(羊) and a adjective character big(大), that means nice and beautiful. We take America as a beautiful country with our respect. But China in English means porcelain.
Infact someone don't respect Chinese at all, I can totally understand their feelings when they found some not suitable behaviors done by the overseas Chinese. I can also understand their indignant feelings when they found 22 died in this Tibetan riot announced by the Chinese government. That must be a massacre, the army fired at the innocent civilians. Like Kosovo, Chechnya, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, where people are suffering by the centralization of horrible state power. People always hate the bully, sympathize the weakling.
Pride and Prejudice? How long?
But I would like to take this as kind of mass Pride and Prejudice, because what the Chinese government means is that 22 common inhabitants were killed by the mobs, some of whom are confirmed came from India where the former serfowner in Tibet lived.
They claimed Tibetan culture has become extinct when they enjoy Mcdonald's and the American movie, because all this can be paid, some aided by many kind-hearted organizations, some inherited from their serfowner fathers. But the French also think it's evil to enjoy Mcdonald's and the American movie, we are now stepping into an era of Globalization.
By the way, it is confirmed a whole family were killed by the mobs, including a baby. It is also confirmed that a businessman was burnt to death in that day when the mobs poured petrol on his body and cruelly hold him mercilessly, he finally become charbroiled with only a 20 cm charcoal left.
They could do that because they know the whole western media will surpport them, it's simple, also too silly for any reasonable man. We all know the whole free media would never willing to listen to the Chinese, for both the God and other human-beings on this planet all know that the Chinese always tries to control the media to cover evil, the free western media can always separate the sheep from the goats.
(http://www.anti-cnn.com/) We invented Vergeltungswaffe 2 before 1945, which was the first ballistic missile and first man-made object to achieve sub-orbital spaceflight.
The Chinese was still conducting a 8-year-long war against the brutal Japanese on their homeland then, 30,000,000 people died directly by the Japanese in that war. They can't even throw a potato into the near earth orbit then, they sucks!
That was such a poor country where only the criminal and the loser would willing come to live for a while. Their capital were captured by the British and French allied forces in 1860, their most valued Royal Garden "Yuan Ming Yuan" was burnt into ashes chronically after their first glance at this crystal of wisdom. But We captured Paris in 1814 and 1940, and we even captured Beijing again with the other 7 countries in 1900, first year of 20 century. The 8 countires were: Britain, France, Deutschland, Russia, United States, Japan, Italy, Austrian. We tried our best to insult the Chinese, but the Chinese could never resist.
This whole country is a loser. They even acted like a parrot tried to found the first Republic in Asia: Republic Of China. What a joke, they never won any war in my memory. The Republic Of China would not suitable for this poor country, it was too advanced for the barbarians.
We can send 5 explorers to Tibet to find the axis of the earth in 1943, one of their leader even become a trusted teacher of the young Dalai Lama. Maybe Heinrich Harrier, the former Sturmabteilung member know where the axis is, maybe he know why the CIA provided financial aid to the Dalai Lama. But it does not matter, we Sturmabteilung has the justice, we are all right at any time, because the Barbarian Chinese deserves no respect from our advanced developed States.
We can make Tiger Tank, we can control the whole Europe, we can make Vergeltungswaffe 2, can you?
I'm now sitting on a simple plastic stool in my apartment, trying to write something in front of this laptop.
It's not easy for me to keep balance, only wishing to lead a safer sitting posture on this poor green crippled bargin to avoid any crash. Yes, it would crash at any time if I let my guard down.
I had once played a German PC game called ballance, it fascinated me when I controlled that magic ball to every level end. What made me sad is that I only cleared the main 12 levels, leaving the extra speed level behind. As I know, only one guy around me cleared this extra level in front of me. This is really a crystal of wisdom I ever played on the PC.
What impressed me is the click symbol of this extra level: Those were two Chinese Characteres combined standing for Speed. I readed “速度(Sudu)” instantly with a little excitement at the first glance, maybe there was a Chinese work for the Cyparade, I wondered.
I really respect the German, they even founded my University a hundred years ago. So, I took this little egg as a kind of respect naturally, which, however haunted me in the mind these days.
In fact, the German, or the whole western media never showed any respect to the Chinese on the Xi Zang (Tibet) issue. They stand on a high enough place indulging in reveries about the Shangri-La myth to look down at the events happened on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which is, as I know, the highest land of the earth.
Maybe the German reporter really thought he stood at such a higher place than the Everest while he reported this riot as a totally cruel suppression by the Chinese military force, although the N-TV chose a Nepal picture, although the German never sent any boy into the sky even after 3 Chinese had travelled in the Universe for a long time, that was really a comfortable place to look down at the whole earth, can you?
I was a little delighted when I have won the knowledge contest with my companions not long after my first step into this University. It’s not hard for us to defeat our counterparts of the same college. Things got bad for me after we finishing receivingreceived the fellow classmates’ congratulations. I found myself awful in that picture taken by someone for memory, which made me very sad in the whole day. In fact, I’m not a lens-likephotogenic person. From then on, I tried to avoid any socialization that the lens louses would love to take part in. This led to some psychological problems of mine, which made me very introverted for a long time before I decided to take some actions to change. This is called self-humiliation sometimes and sometimes it is dangerous. I was shocked when I got the news that an Asian American had killed more than 30 people in Virginia. Like most minorities in this country, I was worried about that the Asian American would suffer some kind of revenge, although I lived in the Mainland China. Sometimes later, another news showed that the shooter might be a Chinese, which was really bad especially in such a sensitive time. After finding out the truth, it’s time to be upset to the Korean then. And what if he is an Arab? I can’t presume the tragedy in this way, for it is sorrowful and inclement. Volcanic anger, no skills to vent the anger or ease the pain, no trusted friends to turn to, and accessibility of firearms all contribute to this kind of school shootings. This is a complicated issue containingregarding the constitution, immigrants, firearm supervision, minority discrimination, psychological treatment and forgiveness. America is a great country that has forgiven the crazy shooter, which can only happen in this self-confident super power. I can’t imagine that a US killer slaughters 10 students in China, which can only be supposed. No one will know what terrible things would happen after that. May be this is a kind of self-humiliation for a country.
Haste makes waste, it’s hard for me now to compose this blog in English. Maybe it’s time to correct the obvious syntax errors full of this page. I have just finished watching the New Shanghai LegendSan seung hoi taan, which is the second TV drama edition of that legendary story happened in the 1920s’ Shanghai. The French cop finally killed Xu on his land in early 1930s, although his main enemy is the arrogant Japanese. It’s a touching story and many people love this ringleader who was forced to do the things he once thought unrighteous because of the famous movie star Chow Yun Fat. He is now very fat really. Under the rigid censorship of the government, the directors have to repeat the old stories again and again to avoid any sensitive topic that happens now in the rapidly changing society. Some one including me consider the censorship a brazen encroachment on freedom of expression, but many more people don’t care. It is true that the Chinese are very realistic; no one would really devote his or her whole life to freedom in the mainland. We are now studying from the authoritative government of Singapore, which is taken as a role model to the East Asian countries. I don’t quite know whether it is right or wrong, maybe 50 years are needed to judge this policy. “It’s too early to talk about the influence of the French Revolution”, said the first Premier Zhou Enlai of the People’s Republic of China in the 1950s. Look at the proud French, they still immersed in the glorious Napoleon’s historical victory while neglecting deliberately the uncountable failures suffered in the military and economic affairs during the past 70 years. I really don’t knowcan't figure out if there are any relation between the French Revolution and the washed out country during the swift boost Globalization.the first one of developed countries which are eliminated by the globalization tide.
Tencent QQ is a local instant messager like MSN in China, which was once named as QICQ, from which one can associated to the ICQ invented by two Israelites almost 10 years ago. Every single young Chinese has at least one QQ ID number nowadays, in fact, the first thing one would do when he or she sits in front of a computer is to log in the QQ world, to talk, to write blog, to enjoy the QQ games etc. It’s a kind of lifestyle while MSN is just a communication tool used in the office. It’s reported that the penguin has occupied 80% of the Instant Message market, that is, about 150 million active user numbers. For years, I have gotten used to the similar regards, as “Are you on the net yesterday? I have found something interesting in…” which means you should log in QQ, and see what had been sent to you. We have been conditioned to this IM that supports leaving a off line message, so email is of less importance for daily use. Although MSN is widely used in the world, it has just 20 million active users in this country, and had to stop its service while an earthquake break off the cable between China and America several months ago. I talked with Andy who is one of my former classmates of the senior middle school for more than two hours in QQ yesterday, both of us were complaining about the fierce competition between young graduates these days. It’s a big problem originated by the expanding admission to colleges. Premier Zhu Rongji facilitated this reformation in 1999 to resist the blight of the Financial Crisis of Asia 1997, which could be used to boost the domestic consumption while industrializing the higher education. Zhu is a great leader, but I should say that it is not wise to cater to the enormous education demand of the Chinese family. All colleges say that more than 95% of the young men with diplomas have found the job, which is a thorough lie in the rivalship between each college. They would even compel some of the students to get a contract to rise the percentage, competition can be found everywhere in these days. It is widely reported in China these days that thousands of young graduates are seeking for a single job in Beijing to serve in the sauna room, which is originated in Finland and boosts in most cities of China. Andy said it is hard for him to seek a job, but he would finally find one still. All he want is a temporary work to live in Chengdu, which has been founded for 2300 years and have either been destroyed nor moved. Everyone has a job-hopping timetable; they are aggressive but may be vulnerable to the inclement society simultaneously. I’m one if them. When I was just step into my memorable senior middle school in 1999, there were only less than 40% students can pass the college entrance examination to go to the universities. But when I got to attend this great selection 3 years later, I suddenly found that almost everybody can realize their dreams if his family have enough money. It must be a great progress, I was thinking then; but I should say another words now: it’s a disaster!
Here are some good news I got today, the one is that our respectable principal Wan Gang who had just signed his name on my graduation diploma is now the Minister of the Science and Technology Ministry. It’s a big day for him, one thing must be pointed out that he is not a CPC member. It’s great. Another good news is that I have just received NFGman’s encourage by commending this blog a GOOD WORK, Thank you for your patience of my stumble words!
It’s a gloomy day for someone today; I’m also disappointed about myself. I know I don’t deserve this kind of throwback, that is, a failure in some competition. Something is wrong with me; I must do something to strive to win the life long competition after overcoming myself in some ways. It seems as if all the young men in China are seeking jobs in these days, it’s a fierce competition when there are too many undergraduates who have to try their best to just get a tiny little work. The unemployment rate of the young Chinese has now been reaches another summit; it’s not a good premonition for this generation. Some of them began to complaint about the ill society, hate the wealthy and try to change something, like the angry young man in French. It is not easy to secure a handsomely paid job in this country for the young man nowadays. In order to get a graceful job, one must have enough ability, good luck and maybe a registered permanent residence of the big city as well in this grim land. No one would resign from his or her company just because of the ludicrous ideality he may have. It is always a mundane society on this land; people would do some astonishing things just because they have no choice, like my friend Chen whose name had just mentioned here yesterday. He had been left this company for some days, which I have just heard today. It’s hard for him in these days; really hope he would achieve a big career in that corporation. It’s not wise for me to leave, for I think I’m not qualified for the strenuous competition I may encounter in Shanghai. So, an extensive preparation work must be done to promote myself firstly. As a bad-tempered, easy-to-collapse man, I’m always dreaming to obtain an small island, build a log cabin to live in. I’m an introverted guy in nature, who loves to read and not eager to have friends. What I should do to face the challenge is to be more aggressive, for I have already enjoyed adapting to things imposed to me for too long a time, which shows out the vital problem of mine.
On 15 November 2000 IHC Holland and CHEC/the Shanghai Waterway Bureau signed a building contract for delivery of a 12,000m3 trailing suction hopper dredger in exactly two years’ time. In the early stages of building it was, for spiritual reasons, decided that the hoppers size should be extended to 12,888m3. The more digits eight are involved, the happier the ship will sail, or so Chinese conviction has it. This generated quite some extra engineering for the already completed design. The enlarged hopper gives a total load capacity of 18,978 tones. With suction tubes extendable to 35m and 45m, the vessel is designed for maintenance dredging in the mighty river Yangtze and its approaches, as well as for reclamation jobs. The vessels maiden job actually involves san winning for Shanghais new coastal container terminal. XIN HAI LONG’s facts and figures, as well as the very special party thrown at her launch and naming ceremony by HRH Princess Margriet, are broadly described in P&D 158. What could not be described then because we didn’t know yet, is that the young dragon dredges like a hungry Hippo, filling its 12,888m3 hopper with sand within an hour. That was on acceptance trials in Dutch waters. After further trials in home waters, the vessel was delivered on 28 November 2002 in a grand ceremony.
The ship will get on the shipside of this port whose channel-dredging project had been carried on by us for a long time. We must leave out to conduct our work after we finish loading the lubricating oil on board in about 2 hours. We are disappointed about this arrangement made by the port, for they changed the plan prepared formerly under which we could enjoy a 2-nights’ free time on the land. All that we can do is to accept this and say goodbye to our big illusion. This is not the only bad news for us. After we received that stupid plan from the VHF radiophone, we found that we cannot find captain’s name in the name list of the login window in the Remote Attendance Control System. This is a serious problem that we can’t upload the crewmember’s attendance statistics without captain’s authorization, which is based on the successful login of the system. I tried to reinstall this software and recovered the backup of the MDB file, which is essential that stores all the statistics of our attendance. The company in Shanghai collects the data of the system and gives us the proper salaries on demand. All what I have done have finally resulted with no effect. It is always a hard-to use and easy-to-collapse environment, I don’t think I can fix it easily. So I sent an email with a detailed report to the HR department to seek for on demand support, which is hold by my friend Chen. God bless him! An episode between these is that our wireless network have been stopped working for almost 14 hours, it’s unusual considering our position and the weather. In my opinion, this is because of the running out of the money paid to the wireless network provider China Unicom. We give them the cash in advance to get the wireless service, and then they can enjoy the interest of them in the bank and stop the poor service (unstable, exceed to 10 kB/s) immediately if the found no money has left in our account. What a excellent business! China will hold the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and it seems that China Mobile has begun to setup its 3rd Generation TD-SCDMA wireless network, which can provide us with a maximum 35M/s speed non-stopping wireless network. May God bless them!
I have been given up taking an afternoon nap for some days, it seems that 6 hours’ sleep is still OK to me. Since I have to get up at 6:20 am everyday to fill in the forms for reporting the production statistics the day before, I always go to bed around 12 o’clock at night, which is fairly early for me. In those campus times, I had cultivated a habit of having a little break at noon, which had gradually changed into a much longer sleep in the afternoon. I had a lot of spare time them recently, which had proved to be the source of my last-too-long sleeping. It really made me sad that God had given me so much time to promote myself, which had been taken to lead a sound sleep in the bed. It was ridiculous that I didn’t even have a comfortable sleep then, for I suffered a sudden suffocation sometimes when I take sleep for too long a time. Maybe this is called “Sleep too much syndrome”. When this happened for the 3rd time, I finally realized that it was the just time to give up the crazy noon break. It’s awful anyway to die in the bed just because of sleeping too much.
It’s weird when I suddenly found myself in the trailing suction hopper dredger’s meeting room waiting for the sailors to teach the basic computer knowledge, without any nerves or excitement, I was just standing beneath the blackboard hanging in the wall and thinking about the near coming course calmly. Maybe I was worried about the possibly absence of the crew, praying at least one person would come to take the course. My worries had finally been proved to be a indulge in fantasy. There are total 44 crew and officers here in the ship, 13 of them had taken part in my course on time, although I had told them that this would be a very very basic computer train. In addition, another 9 crewmates asked me later to do give them the same class at twelve-noon tomorrow. Considering that there are 11 crewmen had been home for a scheduled break or rotate days off and rest of 33 people works three shifts a day, it is large in quantity. After recalling the photos taken by our charitable chief engineer, who had been a teacher for almost 20 years on land, I became gratified with my efforts lasted for the whole week. A total 10 hours preparation and one hour non-stopping teaching is worth that. In fact, all those who have time have come here (except the one who is still sleeping to make up of the poor sleep) regardless of their age and position. Our lovely old chief officer who had been re-employed as a substitute officer which is necessary in this kind of ship said, “It’s for you to prepare for this extracurricular course, but as I have been so old, what I want to get from this participation is some practical operation to work out a bit of printed nice looking documents in the A4 paper.” I accepted his suggestion and tried to explain why I had to teach them CPU, mouse and even the use of Caps Lock in the keyboard, for the reason I told them those in a few minutes is want them to know how magic the computer world is. He appreciated my work and expressed firmly the willing to join the next course some days later, but I didn’t even know what I should talk with them where and when. The younger sailor hired from the poor region of this country told me that what I have done is perfect, “It is really a good opportunity for us who comes from the rural area of China to improve the computer techniques and I think I have got some, but you have been keeping talking to us for more than one hour, please do give me some time to ask a tiny question!”, he said sincerely and frankly. Gong, who has facilitated the whole thing by encourage me to try to be a teacher, said: “I was sleeping then, how dare you leave me to carry out this, you must teach me alone!” he said. I’m not a qualified and well experienced teacher, but my parents were once in the early 1980s in the village school of my hometown where they got in touch with each other for the first time. I always respect teacher, and all the Chinese do for more than 2800 years.
I’m now in the radio room of the dredger which has a 4500m3 mud cabin in the middle listening to the 17760kHz BBC World service, Despairingly hoping that I would understand more, although I can hardly understand the interview it broadcasts. In order to keep pace with the BBC news, I must insist in watching news hour of CCTV-4 every single morning for it gives me the latest world news in my native language: Chinese. It is already a great improvement to my English studying process. As a jackaroo dredging engineer of this Dredging Company, I must do everything after my first step into the ship, which cannot be easy to a undergraduate of a prestigious university in Shanghai some times ago. I had accepted this work as a spur to my current poor situation being resulted by my self-indulgent tertiary campus living lifestyle. It’s traditionally believed that sailor is the most poor people in China, for any tiny maritime peril would possibly lead to some deaths of the mariner whose remains will never be carried home, that means he has no chance to accept his descendants’ offering of sacrifices in reverence, it’s big.