Poetry and Prosaic Advice

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Here’s a post from Vicky Y, who reproduces a ‘poem’ apparently written by Professor Emeritus of Physics University at Buffalo State University of New York, Duo-Liang Lin. (It has appeared around the web but I can find no trace of it on the Washington Post site, where it is alleged to have first been published) Regardless of its provenance, I think this gives an excellent insight into the circle-the-wagons, us-against the-world mentality prevalent among some Chinese these days. The pressure of expectation created ahead of the Olympics that the whole world would cheer on China totally uncritically evidently built to such a pitch that any criticism at all was really going to ‘hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.” With the unfortunate events in Tibet, everything got thrown into overdrive on both sides. Hence the extremely high emotions we’re witnessing now.

Anyway, poster Vicky says this is “for the hypocrites around the world” (apologies for the lack of line breaks):

When we were the Sick Man of Asia, We were called The Yellow Peril.
When we are billed to be the next Superpower, we are called The Threat.
When we closed our doors, you smuggled drugs to open markets.
When we embrace Free Trade, You blame us for taking away your jobs.
When we were falling apart, You marched in your troops and wanted your fair share.
When we tried to put the broken pieces back together again, Free Tibet you screamed, It Was an Invasion!
When tried Communism, you hated us for being Communist.
When we embrace Capitalism, you hate us for being Capitalist.
When we have a billion people, you said we were destroying the planet.
When we tried limiting our numbers, you said we abused human rights.
When we were poor, you thought we were dogs.
When we loan you cash, you blame us for your national debts.
When we build our industries, you call us Polluters.
When we sell you goods, you blame us for global warming.
When we buy oil, you call it exploitation and genocide.
When you go to war for oil, you call it liberation.
When we were lost in chaos and rampage, you demanded rules of law.
When we uphold law and order against violence, you call it violating human rights.
When we were silent, you said you wanted us to have free speech.
When we are silent no more, you say we are brainwashed-xenophobics.
Why do you hate us so much, we asked.
No, you answered, we don’t hate you.
We don’t hate you either, But, do you understand us?
Of course we do, you said, We have AFP, CNN and BBC’s… What do you really want from us?
Think hard first, then answer… Because you only get so many chances.
Enough is Enough, Enough Hypocrisy for This One World.
We want One World, One Dream, and Peace on Earth.
This Big Blue Earth is Big Enough for all of Us.

Hmmmm……. I think for once, I’ll leave it to the Xinuhua to say it for me. Here’s part of a recent editorial from China’s official news service:

“We are on our way to becoming a powerful country, and we should also learn to think like citizens of a big country. A strong country not only has a strong economy, but also a mature mentality. This includes the ability to take pressure in stride, and face difficulties in a rational way.”