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How far is China behind in terms of civility?

by on Jun.15, 2014, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>China>Posts>Opinions>Ethics>Human Decency

You can say that the Chinese are now just imitating what Westerners did at the first half of the last century. Look at the image below of a sign in front of a restaurant in Beijing, the capital of China. By the way, does it want to remind people of what kind of insult the Chinese receive in their own country in the first half of the last century? Do these Chinese think that the insult the Chinese received back then was acceptable?

I guess money can not buy decency or civility or intelligence, just as money can not buy happiness.

What should be noted is that this kind of uncivilized behavior is actually the result of the use of derogative language by the Chinese government when criticizing Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam. In China, there seem to be little distinction between official diplomatic language and Internet chat room language. If government officials, who dominate the air waves and the Internet news, can not lead in civility, who can?

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关于为什么要抗议 ABC 和 Jimmy Kimmel

by on Nov.17, 2013, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>China>Posts>Opinions>Ethics>Human Decency>Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism

要维护中国人的尊严,坚持到底,誓不罢休

我知道英文原文的意思是“在中国的所有人”,不是“中国人”。但是对中国的蔑视会转化为对中国人的蔑视。而对中国人的蔑视会使得中国人成为施暴的对象。美国已经出现过很多对亚洲人施暴和凶杀亚洲人的案件,而且很多时候行凶者逍遥法外或者没有得到应得的惩罚。这样的节目只会使得这种状态变得更为严重。

说实在的,停止播放那个节目主要是为了美国人,尤其是美国小孩。因为那样随便地谈及杀人的事对观众会产生不良影响。受害的将会是美国人和美国华人。要不要打中国可不是他们的节目能够决定的。谁也不会把那个节目当一回事儿。美国华人对此事敏感是因为这种对华人的轻蔑态度已经致使很多华人受害。

我还是没有在美国媒体中发现有关美国白宫表态的新闻的报道。我只在美国媒体中看到很多文章抱怨华人抗议得太多或者根本就不应该抗议。这说明美国人对中国人的态度还是没有改变,还是不尊重中国人。他们对中国人的轻蔑是如此地根深蒂固,他们怎么也看不到那个节目有什么错误。

解雇是不够的。告他们才行。现在美国媒体中已经出现了很多为他们辩护的文章。那说明对中国人的歧视在美国是如此司空见惯以至于大多数人都意识不到他们的错误在哪里。那是很危险的。不光是对美国华人是危险的,对中国也是危险的。一定要告出个结果来,让他们知道中国人是不可以被歧视的。

你们还是必须告 ABC 和 Jimmy Kimmel。Jimmy Kimmel 说他不怕被告。那就告他,让他和像他那样的人知道向大众宣扬种族灭绝是要付出代价的。不要怕国内的人说什么。你们有权利确保你们的安全。与美国同胞搞好关系不等于说不讲原则。美国人知道做人有些什么规矩,只是以为在对待中国人时不必守那些规矩。

ABC 的很多主持人是维护上层社会(白人阶层)的、很有偏见的。求他们是没有用的,只会让他们看不起。对待 ABC 这种公司,美国人的一贯做法是来硬的:抵制在他们的节目上做广告的公司,使得他们的节目难以拉得到广告赞助。

何况那言论是直接针对中国的。中国政府要做出反应才是的。总不能只当没听到吧。是小孩先说的,但是接着大人跟着起哄,然后还有组织地播放给大众看。

但是他们的媒体也可以选择报道还是不报道那些游行。星期六的全国二十多个城市的抗议活动在美国主流媒体中几乎没有报道,至少用他们的最大的两个新闻搜索引擎找不到。他们的媒体怕民众抗议所报道的事件是民众没有兴趣或者感到反感的。

不达到目的绝不罢休。主宰这个世界的人就是这样的人。还没有达到目的就罢休的人是要被人主宰的。

 

抗议活动不违法,且有助于促进社会进步,不伤害中国人的利益

人们不是要遵守法律吗?法律允许他们干什么就干什么。持你这种观点的人是不是都以为游行在美国也是违法的或者是扰乱社会秩序的?游行在美国是很常见的,也不遭遇那么多敌意。美国人不喜欢的是中国人居然敢不接受侮辱,竟然要抗议,而且坚持要正式道歉。

能够在哪里发展就在哪里发展。并不是爱国的人回国来就能做出更多的贡献。如果没有华人在国外与其他国家的民众沟通,中国与其他国家之间的互相了解就更少了。

你为什么那么歇斯底里地要对他们的活动表示否定呢?你对他们的生活没有亲身体会,也没有理由或权利阻止他们。

你说的也不是没有道理。不过,华人被侮辱就是因为美国人知道,按照你的逻辑,侮辱华人可以驱使他们离开。这种侮辱在历史上确实曾经使得很多东方人回到自己的国家去建设自己的国家。但是说实在的,中国并不那么缺乏人才。他们回来了也不一定能施展才华。中国的环境是难以适应的,难以在其中求得发展的。

再好的地方也还是有需要改进的地方的。你说话怎么那么像美国的一些没文化的人说的。如果没有过这类抗议活动,美国能有今天吗?美国黑人能有选举权吗?你太缺乏历史知识了。美国华人的这次运动是要为美国的进步做贡献的,是要被写入美国历史的。华人在美国何时开始懂得为维护自己的尊严而斗争?现在!

我知道为什么一些美国人认为外国人不应该在美国得到比在他们自己的国家可以得到的更多。那是因为他们不想要外国人爱上美国而不离开,或者他们不想让在美国的外国人得到更多的权利。这是世界上所有居住在自己的国度里的人共同具有的排外心里在作怪。

我在美国的时候没见过谁拿钱去参加游行的。参加这种活动用得着给钱才去吗?又不是什么体力劳动。如果有什么组织要捐款救助同乡,那是另一回事了。

在哪里受歧视都不好。我也知道在自己的国家受歧视不好。不过能在哪里争取得到更多的尊严就要在哪里争取。既然在国内那么不容易争取,而在美国有希望可以争取,为什么不在美国争取呢?仅仅是因为中国人在国内不受尊重,中国人在国外也不应该受尊重吗?那是一些美国人的错误观点。

那你就完全不了解美国社会了!美国人只尊重懂得并敢于为自己的权利和尊严而斗争的人。他们最看不起的是你这种苟且偷生的人了。你要是怕惹祸,在家呆着就行了,让那些敢作敢为的人为你的权利和尊严而斗争不是挺好的吗?

你们是不是不想得罪美国人,在想尽办法不让事情闹大?美国人自己都不在乎,你们为什么那么歇斯底里?这种抗议在美国不是很常见的吗?黑人和犹太人不就是这样不断抗议来维护他们的权利和自尊的吗?中国人难道要为了不得罪美国人而甘愿永远受歧视吗?你们这才是见利忘义呢!

这里有范过错误是这里要解决的事。那里正在范的错误能够立刻纠正就立刻纠正,为什么要等这里的错误得到纠正以后才能纠正那里的错误?

我看参加这些抗议活动的人不像是福建去打工的那种。

人家在他们所居住的国家举行那个国家的法律允许他们举行的活动,你为什么要反对呢?不可以游行的时候不游行,可以游行的时候游行。这有什么不正常的?

我也注意到那些 signs 看起来很好看,不像是 home made 的。但是近年来在美国的很多游行,包括美国人的,都是这样的。游行组织者向社会募捐(这里可能是向华人社区募捐),然后用捐款买 signs 发给大家。大使馆有没有提供帮助,华人团体应该也都可以组织得起来。这种抗议活动在美国很常见。

我在美国碰到的中国人都是普通中国公民。我没有碰到过哪个是家里当官的。都是打工的。你们没出过国的人是不是有点儿嫉妒那些在国外的啊?能出国的人好多是自己经过一番努力才能出国的,出去以后却又要努力为中国维护尊严,因为外国人只看到他们是中国人,中国的荣与辱都是他们的。

他们骂的是中国,但是一旦那谩骂引发出行动,那行动的对象就是美国华人和中国老百姓(如果战争真的爆发的话)。他们可不知道哪个是我们当中当官的,就是知道也不会为我们做好事,只帮我们去除贪官污吏,对我们手下留情。再说,当官的往往是逃得最快的。我看你是在为你的经济利益担心,怕得罪美国人吧?

我看中国不敢吭声是因为怕美国人来个抵制中国货的运动。美国可能是很多中国货的最大市场,没有了那个市场中国经济是要受冲击的。这是依赖于美国市场来发展经济的结果。如果中国货的最大市场是中国,中国就不怕得罪谁了。美国华人与中国经济的联系不那么密切,所以没有这个顾虑。

但是节目是在美国播放的,美国华人是那个节目的观众。如果有人对着你骂你的娘,你不觉得受侮辱吗?你还说骂的是我的娘,跟我没关系吗?ABC 侮辱的很显然是美国华人嘛。再说,美国华人抗议与否是他们的事,你有什么权利干涉?

我估计认为我们不应该抗议的人也是在国内欺负本国同胞的人。他们崇尚金钱与权势。

 

抗议活动与宗教信仰没有冲突

你如果是真基督徒的话应该知道宣扬种族灭绝是有多么地违背上帝的意旨的。在美国,基督徒,包括牧师,参加游行示威是常有的事。美国的民权运动都是有教会的积极参与的。马丁·路德·金,美国历史上最有名的民权运动领袖,就是一个牧师。

 

要克服中国人自身的种族歧视

我说的只是 ABC,不是整个美国。美国有很多为正义而斗争的人。只是美国的普通民众一向就看不起亚洲人因为亚洲人人少且不团结,明哲保身且很能忍声吞气,不像其他人种那样团结且好斗。其实中国国内也有两类人,一类爱欺负人,一类总会受人欺负。

黑人奴隶出身的其实更懂道理些。你这样说话说明你也有偏见,也像那些美国人一样有种族歧视。你这是100步笑一百步(不是50步笑一百步)。像你这样的人是没有资格批评美国人的。

有些美国黑人歧视中国人,就像有些中国人歧视黑人一样。同样是被白人歧视的黑人和中国人为什么要互相歧视呢?我看歧视是人类社会共有的毛病。就是中国人内部也互相歧视。我也不知道为什么。

 

要搞好与其他种族的关系

不要光想着挣钱,多交结其他种族的朋友,争取减少与当地人的差异与隔阂。

你如果真正关心海外华人的权益,就要帮助华人融入当地社会。华人不应该形成一个社会中的小社会,因为那样不容易去除当地人对华人的成见,而且更容易使得当地人对华人产生误解。华人也不应该只以财富来衡量人的价值。被你们看不起的人会对你们产生敌意的。

你们在美国的华人也应该多关心美国同胞,不要只顾得赚钱和维护自己的经济利益。好多美国华人连英语都不屑去学,怎么跟美国同胞沟通?美国人变穷了就会像其他任何国家的穷人一样要找富人算账的。

 

要发展中国国内市场来提高中国人的地位

中国以这么大的人口要依赖于美国来发展经济是不现实的。这可能是问题所在。中国如果不想让人看不起、不想被侮辱,就要转而依赖本国市场来发展经济,承担起带动全球经济复苏的重任。

种族歧视问题之外还有个问题要讨论。我不明白中国为什么那么喜欢买美国债券。美国的偿还能力不是无穷的。工作都转移到他国去了,美国哪里来的收入来还债?另外,中国有那么大的国内市场,为什么要靠外国市场来发展经济?中国就为国内市场生产,国内消费剩余的那部分再卖到国外市场去也行。

也应该意识到,买太多他们的债券会让他们觉得他们要受控于我们。从一个最强大的国家变成一个要受制于人的国家,在心理上是难以接受的。穷极必反。我们还是要着重于开发国内市场,不要单靠出口发展经济。

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Q&A on the Jimmy Kimmel controversy

by on Nov.12, 2013, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>China>Posts>Opinions>Ethics>Human Decency>Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>Human Rights

Q: It is just a show. Why asking for an apology?

A: Watching this show will make some people think that it is OK to consider 1)killing people; 2)killing a whole group of people; 3)killing a whole country of people; 4)killing someone to get rid of a problem; 5)killing your creditor; 6)borrowing money without keeping it in mind that you will have to return the money one day. I think ABC and Jimmy Kimmel not only have to apologize to China and the Chinese people, but also have to apologize to the American people, especially the American kids.

Q: Why Chinese Americans and China are asking for an apology?

A: Saying “killing everyone in China” is an interesting idea and asking if the Chinese should be allowed to live is to say the United States can do anything to China because China is not equal to the United States and has to be at the United States’ mercy. Is that not showing disrespect for China and the Chinese people? If you fail to see that, it means that you think China does not deserve any respect and so should just accept the insult.

Q: Do Jimmy Kimmel and ABC not have the right to free speech?

A: Genocide advocacy is not protected by the laws.

Q: Jimmy Kimmel has said “I’m a comedian, I was trying to make people laugh.”

A: That is where the problem is. Some Americans enjoy talking about killing Chinese (probably simply because they think they can if they want to). And Jimmy Kimmel just wanted to make money out of that. That is how the entertainment world makes money a lot of time. But not everything you can make money doing is right.

Q: Why is the show disgusting?

A: If you don’t find it disgusting, it could be because you would have said the same thing, done the same thing yourself. But the fact that you would have said the same thing, done the same thing does not mean that it was right. I guess people who fail to see any problem with joking about killing certain people were raised with so much prejudice against those people that they are not able to see that there is a problem with joking about killing them.

Q: We are just joking, why being so offended?

A: You are just joking, not really doing anything, because you don’t want to break the laws and get punished for it. But plenty of people will turn words into actions and will do the dirty work for you (trying to harm Chinese living in America since they can not really go to China to kill people over there) and they will have to go to jail for you to get a good laugh out of it. Do you realize how mean you are? If you do not have the thought of killing Chinese, why talk about it? If you have the thought of killing Chinese, why only talk to others about it? You know that you can not kill, but talk to others as if anyone who wants to can give it a try. Is that not misleading? You are also suggesting that the Chinese deserve to get killed. Is that not offensive enough?

Q: It was a child who said it. Why being offended?

A: It was Jimmy Kimmel who not only failed to tell the child that it was not right to think of killing people to solve a problem, but also kind of gave him certain degree of encouragement, then allowed the show to be broadcast without that part being edited out. Jimmy Kimmel and ABC were basically using the child to express their own opinions. The child was innocent, but Jimmy Kimmel and ABC were not.

Q: People in or from a communist country like China don’t deserve an apology because they are not getting anything better from their government.

A: Don’t use ideology as a justification for genocide advocacy. You are way behind the time if you do. There are problems with every social system. There is no system a people choose that should make them subject to genocide. Those who think people should be killed for choosing one social system over others have no concept of human rights or democracy.

Q: Look at how Chinese are treated in China. Why are they asking for dignity here?

A: Do you think that if Chinese are oppressed in China, they should not get anything better here? You want to compete against the Chinese government to see who is more mean to the Chinese people? Well, at least the Chinese government is not saying that it is going to kill everyone in China.

I guess you will want to ask, so why are the Chinese coming to America and some won’t leave. Well, quite many Americans have come to China and some have not left, either. People move around for different reasons. If you just don’t like the Chinese to come to America, you can just say so. But that does not justify talking about killing everyone in China.

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About the Jimmy Kimmel Live show’s “Kill everyone in China” controversy

by on Nov.11, 2013, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>China>Posts>Opinions>Ethics>Human Decency

I quite honestly thanks this show for showing to the world how much disrespect and hatred Americans have for China. Kids are just telling what adults have told them and have not publicly said for fear of political incorrectness. I don’t think it is important to stop people from saying what they think. I think it is more important to help people gain more knowledge about China and the problems America is facing and whether those have anything to do with China. It is better to let this kid start a debate. You can not let American politicians keep blaming China for American problems and expect Americans not to hate China.

For China’s part, it is also important to examine if China has really intentionally done anything to serve China’s interests at the expense of American interests. If not, China should better try to explain why China has continued doing what has been bothering Americans.

Another issue is the lack of ethics education. For some people killing is the way to get rid of a problem. And as long as they feel some people do not deserve much respect or are not powerful enough to defend themselves, those people can be killed. How many people have been killed because of this?

A comment on this article on Yahoo! News: Protesters Pound ABC Studios, Call For Jimmy Kimmel’s Firing

I find it very obvious that ABC and Jimmy Kimmel made the wrong choice and deserves the backlash. But most of the people who have commented on this article do not. It seems as though when it comes to talking about the Chinese, anything is fine with them. But I wonder how can one ask if someone deserves to live just because he has lent you money and will ask for the money back one day? Is there no line that can not be crossed when it comes to protect your interests?

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Is Edward Snowden good or bad for America?

by on Nov.02, 2013, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Civil Rights>Posts>Opinions>Politics>Ethics>Posts>Opinions>Ethics>Human Decency

First of all, he is neither the only one nor the first one who fights against NSA spying. Others have been fighting against it for years. However, sometimes you just have to break the law to get the press to report about and thus start a public debate over an issue that others have been fighting over for years. How many people have been protesting NSA warrantless wiretapping in the past decade?

What about his revelation to the world of NSA’s spying on people in other countries and other governments? Would you rather see the US as a friend or foe of other people and other governments? If you prefer to be friends with other people and other governments, then don’t do to others what you do not want to be done to yourself. I think what Edward Snowden has done will change the US to her advantage, stop her from going over the cliff. Would you rather losing friends after being found not being really friendly to your friends? Actions speak louder than words. Don’t expect to betray your friends and not being found out later.

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Are they cheering on someone’s death on Huffington Post?

by on Nov.08, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Ethics>Human Decency

Check out the comments on Jorge Geysel, New York Insurance Salesman, Dies “Car Surfing” On Rincon Beach In Puerto Rico. The news story itself does not give you any information about what caused the accident to happen. And it does not express any sorrow for the victim. All Huffington Post is doing is to let people cheer on it. And people do cheer on it. Check out the comments on that story and you will see.

What kind of news report and what kind of people is that? There is no any compassion for a fellow human being in the report or in the comments. And they even deleted one of my comments expressing my dismay at their lack of humanity, sensitivity, and basic decency.

I have the feeling that they are not much better than the onlookers at the gang rape in Richmond.

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Polyandry – Reverse Polygamy

by on May.21, 2008, under Posts>Opinions>Ethics

I just learned this word “polyandry” – the state or practice of having more than one husband or male mate at one time. In fact, polyandry is quite common. Men enjoy competing for sex as much as or even more than women. Those who are weak-minded are willing to put up with the unpleasant aspects of polyandry.

I am not sure if polygamy and polyandry are immoral. I guess if all parties involved are willing participants, it may not be immoral. Children can still be born and raised. I am not sure what other aspects should be examined.

I guess the reason why polygamy and polyandry are not acceptable to some people is that they assume that when two people are in a relationship, they should be in love with each other. But for those who practice polygamy and polyandry, they are mostly in it for financial gains or physical enjoyment, not for love.

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What can be considered prostitution?

by on May.20, 2008, under Posts>Opinions>Ethics

Not only when money is offered in exchange for sex can it be considered prostitution. If a person’s willingness to have sex is driven by a desire to receive some kind of favor in return, it can also be considered prostitution.

This kind of desire to receive some kind of favor in return is completely different from the desire for a serious relationship to guarantee the well being of a child in case one is born.

When a woman is abstaining from sex because of the desire for a serious relationship, she is not acting like a prostitute who asks for money for sex because what she is demanding is for a child who she is morally responsible for, not for herself, as in the case of prostitution. She is sacrificing her desire for her own physical enjoyment and possible benefits she may receive from a relationship with the man out of true love for the man.

When a woman is willing to have sex without a serious relationship, she is either doing sex for her physical enjoyment, or expecting to receive something in return, which is prostitution. Either way, it is for her self interest, not out of true love for the man. But men often take women’s willingness to have sex as evidence of love, and women’s eagerness to have sex as evidence of the intensity of their love. So a woman is deceiving a man when she has sex without a serious relationship. Therefore, it is not moral. Women often scam a lot of money from men by making this kind of deceptions. That is why prostitution is objectionable. That is why securing a relationship before having sex is a moral standard. It is unfortunate that it is now a rarity in modern societies, even among people who are affiliated to some kind of religions, probably because religious entities are not doing a good job of explaining it.

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Without relegions, are there no moral standards any more?

by on May.19, 2008, under Posts>Opinions>Ethics>Posts>Opinions>Religions

I have met quite a few young women who seem to be very proud of their prostitution. When they are questioned, their answer is, they don’t believe in God, or, they are not Christians.

It is unfortunate that many societies count on religions to enforce certain moral standards. So when religions are challenged, the moral standards advocated by those religions are discredited at the same time. As a result, people think that moral standards do not exist.

In fact, there is a set of moral standards, which most religions advocate, that are the fundamentals that make human societies different from most animal societies and make human beings superior to animals.

The world today desperately need to know this set of moral standards. Too many people are abandoning religions and do not know that there are still moral standards that they need to follow.

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Are some famous universities functioning like prostitution rings?

by on May.19, 2008, under Posts>Opinions>Ethics

Some famous universities are charging very high tuition and at the same time are accepting students without looking at how hard it is for them to pay for all the expenses. So some students enroll in those universities even though they have a lot of difficulties paying for all the expenses. Some of these students who are young women then sell love, which most of the time involves sex, mostly during their college years, but for some, even after they have graduated. With the famous university names attached to them, they can earn more money selling love. Guys pay more or are more eager to pay for romances with female students and alumni from famous universities. It is like the escort business. Escorts get higher pay for things other than sex, such as looks and talents. The universities get the money from these students. So they are basically functioning like prostitution rings.

One surprising thing about these students is that they seem to have been coached on how to lie to get the opportunity to sell love. They pretend to be engaged to someone else when they are pursuing their targets.

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