They just replaced these ridiculous-looking, para-military, tunic suits:
To western, Counter-revolutionary, capitalist-swine shirt:
That’s not Chinese at all! And blue jeans? BLUE JEANS!?!
What kind of Chinese claims to be Chinese thinks he’s some American cowboy wearing blue jeans? What would the Chairman say? Heck, what would this little girl say?
OK, I digress. Back to the point of mob mentality. The people behaving today are acting no different than the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution. Ultimately what happened? Lot of needless killings and persecutions against their own people. Admittedly, the size and scope of these protests aren’t of the same size and scale, but the actions are the same: Barbaric. The immediate reaction of every Chinese person, would then always refer to Barbaric Japanese War Atrocities of WWII. OK now, we’re no longer measuring ourselves against morals and standards. Rather, we’re going to measure ourselves against a group of savages, people that were 禽獸都不如 (worse than animals). “They did worse things to us then, than we’re doing to them now!”. The phrase “五十步笑百步” comes to mind (Literally, “The guy who cowardly ran away by 50 steps, laughed at the guy who ran 100” English translation: “The pot calling the kettle black“). It comes from The Works of Mencius.
I even talked to someone a couple of days ago, who even outright recommended China go to war with Japan.
So, you want to prove Chinese might to the Japanese, by showing them that you can “be more Japanese, than the Japanese” and commit your own atrocities. “Becoming Japanese” Doesn’t sound very Chinese, if you ask me. Wait a minute, I thought the reason why the Chinese didn’t go to Libya and Iraq, was because they wanted to maintain their stance of non-interventionism, because the eight-nation alliance screwed up Chinese internal affairs and invaded China, so China didn’t want to do that to other people. So much for that in Japan’s case!
Every Chinese person can’t help but look at Japan through the glasses of WWII. However, no Japanese person will ever look at China through the eyes of WWII: The older generation sees them through the eyes of Cultural Revolution, the Tiananmen Square Incedent, and most recently the Melamine Milk scandal of 2008. China’s reputation is so bad amongst Japanese, that they describe the decline of their society as 「中華化」 (Sinicization).
Go ahead! Destroy everything Japanese-related in your path. Boycott it all.
Solution: Buy Korean products! Because ultimately, if you have the money, you still can’t bring yourself to buy products made in your own country.
Ultimately, these people are just acting out, because they really hate themselves. Confucius is part of the backbone of Chinese culture isn’t it? Well, the Red Guards didn’t like him so much:
The Chinese are still angry at themselves that they didn’t march into Japanese territory, so now they go around and destroy Japanese products, and scare the weak. If they can’t move beyond WWII, they’ll never catch up to the modern world.
COROLLARY: December 8, 2012
I was saddened by the vandalism and atrocities in the name of “patriotism” that happened a while ago [during anti-Japanese protests]. A hundred years with no progress; above is still Empress Dowager Cixi, below is still the Boxers. I do not mean to compare any leader with Cixi, but that action [i.e. the anti-Japanese protests over island disputes] began with the connivance and acquiescence of, or perhaps was intentionally orchestrated by, the government, in order to transfer internal conflicts to a foreign enemy. This is the modus operandi. Later when it got out of control, then suppress, in the end still having to compromise with the foreign country. In short, we need a different way of thinking, changing the angle – is our responsibility to the whole nation, or the dynasty?
Hm… Like 慈禧Empress Cixi and the 義和團Boxers… Never thought of it that way. How the hell did this slip my mind?!