Maybe because of this, people have told me that I’m not qualified enough to comment on Chinese culture, and current issues. Really, they’re more angry at the fact that whenever I criticize their government, I’m actually right. They claim that their defense of their government, is from the fact that the government is like a parent:
齊景公問政於孔子。孔子對曰：「君君，臣臣，父父，子子。」公曰：「善哉！信如君不君，臣不臣，父不父，子不子，雖有粟，吾得而食諸？」(Yan Yuan: The duke Jing, of Qi, asked Confucius about government. Confucius replied, “There is government, when the prince is prince, and the minister is minister; when the father is father, and the son is son.” “Good!” said the duke; “if, indeed, the prince be not prince, the minister not minister, the father not father, and the son not son, although I have my revenue, can I enjoy it?”)
If I remember correctly, I think this was cited:
「事父母幾諫，見志不從，又敬不違，勞而不怨。」(If your parents are wrong，you should do your best to convince them. When they don’t listen，you should still respect them，do as they say without complaints)
First of all, I don’t necessarily agree with that stance. Second of all, doing as they say without complaining, doesn’t mean that you should defend their wrong actions. In criticizing China’s blind nationalism, their blanket hatred towards all Japanese, and their obsession over a couple of rocks, I asked, “is it worth it?” They seem to think it is. Well, let me refer to this website:
大中華派 (Greater China Camp) 本土香港人 (Native Hong Kong) 林匡正 (Bruce Lam) Have an affiliation for greater Chinese (華夏 or 中華) culture. Much harder to define...
- "You can define it by the different districts".
- "By-and-large, you can define "Natives" as those belonging to the Hong Kong territories. A sense of affiliation towards Hong Kong culture, which is different from that of Mainland China's, in other words, a unique culture which distinguishes it from other forms of Chinese culture."
亨利 (Henry) Interests of local Hong Kong people come first. It starts with the distribution of resources. All resources when distributed, should be shuffled out with a preference based on your locality.
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In terms of land mass, what was simply given away by that government was much greater than the small piece rock you’re fighting for. Why hasn’t anyone protested against any of these lands being given away? If land is so important, yet that government just gave it away like candy, why are you still defending such a government?
COROLLARY: October 10, 2012
This is the same government, that…
…in 1972 when the Chinese and Japanese governments sat down and signed a “joint communiqué” that severed Japanese ties with Taiwan and directed them toward the Mainland. But as part of the agreement, the Chinese government waived any rights for individuals to seek compensation for abuses occurring during World War II. …
So if you really hate the Japanese, you should take your anger out on the government that spoke on your behalf to forego reparations.
When that government can commit to programs that ruin lives like the Cultural Revolution, the Tiananmen Square Incedent, or allow foods to be poisoned, suppress a blind dissident, or even kill a man right after he was released from prison for speaking his mind (i.e. 李王陽). With all these atrocities against your own people, is it worth being loyal to such a government?
I’d have to agree with Mencius:
(Li Lou II: Mencius said to the king Xuan of Qi, ‘When the prince regards his ministers as his hands and feet, his ministers regard their prince as their belly and heart; when he regards them as his dogs and horses, they regard him as another man; when he regards them as the ground or as grass, they regard him as a robber and an enemy.’)
UPDATE November 4, 2012
Information on the Sino-Indian War, and the McMahon Line: