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"America invaders must be defeated!"

I'd been studying for awhile but the class room wasn't a challenging enough enviornment for my language learning I had to go elsewhere too. Wednesday night I went over to the international dorm for "Chinese corner". First I popped into the tea house to have a look but found it full of rowdy english speaking Africans, Arabs, and westerners so on. There were a few Chinese sycophants meekly tryng to get a word in edgewise. "Nothing doing here for sure!" I thought as I backed out and went to the meeting room. This looked a little more promising with a few Chinese speaking foriegn students having unbroken conversations with local students. I sat down next to a group of 3 Chinese students who were talking to an Indian man. The Indian was fat and boring and the students were getting bored of his hairsplitting of chinese charachters, why don't folks just study that in books for cryin out loud! I started a separate conversation with two of the girls and let the Indian carry on his monologues on with a boy who looked to mousy for conversation anyway.

a revolutionary imperialist dog hero. Comrade Darwin
"Oh.. your not chinese? But you speak like us?" they giggled. " Nah. I'm from Japan, you know" I was waiting for the reactions. " Oh I like Japan very much, the culture, and the food, and the art..so cool!" typical reactions of youth in South China. They went on about thy're favorite anime shows, manga, and pop stars they liked I smiled patronizingly, you have to put up with these things. I asked about their lives and got the usual stories. Most Chinese are from provincial towns (70% of china is rural) so they come to the big city to study. They live packed like sardines in the university dorms and eat at the greasy canteen. Student life is tough but the cost is a pittance for any 1st world standard! "Our first week this semester we had military training!" one of the girls boasted. "Uh.. great!"I tried my best to sound sincere. " I think its so wonderful to be a soldier!" she glowed. I was touched by her patriotic fervour but only for a second. If I said that in Japan my countrymen would brand me a militarist right-winger!" So you would like to shoot people one day?" I put on an annoyingly naive tone. "Of course not! I want to protect my country against the foriegn aggressors." I think I started to burst the saintly little aura building up around her head. Japan has a reverse sort of indoctrination where it's the worst crime to fight for the country, what a mindjob! "So, who's the aggressors now?" I asked. Of course I already knew the answer, I could have just turned on a recorded message...beep..theres either the Capitalist wolves (USA) or Imperialist dogs (Japan) take your pick of canines..beep... China loves the EU it's a mutual love affair based on money. These predictable lines come up often in conversations with Chinese you can read them in any of the state papers or hear them on CCTV. To avoid redundancy it's best to just avoid these taboo topics (you'll never convince them otherwise). I only talk about it for fun as some of their over-the top declarations are hillarious! "I think the (PRC) government should bomb Indonesia!" one irate Chinese told my Aussie friend at the time of anti-chinese riots in Jakarta "What's a nice fellow like you thinking something as nasty as that?" he asked. The main thing for me is to not get as serious about it as they are and if they get too intense just drop the whole thing. Politics is a topic that will just make most chinese too excited to think rationally its a very emotional thing to them , like a red cape to a bull. Of course if politics permeated my everyday life and changed it so dramatically I would would get dramatic about it as well...

Owens says:
interesting how politics infuses everything in some countries
Posted on: Feb 10, 2008
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