60,060 Years of Venerable Graft

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Meiyou gongchandang jiu shi meiyou xin Zhongguo: Welcome to my Corruption Pool

There is a lot of good news on this national holiday. For one, there was a military parade of egregious transparency, and military observers from abroad only needed to keep their cameraphones running. Secondly, people in China have television at home and didn’t need to take the troublesome journey to Tian An Men Square. Thirdly, people in the neighborhood kept their windows closed, so they didn’t catch a flu, which is very healthy. Fourthly, several Beijingers are having a wonderful holiday outside their home town. and can watch their glorious smotherland grow and prosper in all corners of the Middle Kingdom. Last but not least, Mylaowai provides us all with a comprehensive review of the past sixty years in China, plus the past sixty-thousand-and-sixty years of Chinese civilization. Happy birthday, PRC!

4 Comments to “60,060 Years of Venerable Graft”

  1. Um, I’m sorry to have to be the one to tell you this in so many words, but this posting kicks ass. In combination with some reading of Ross Terrill’s _The New Chinese Empire_ and a little Sima Qian, this is pretty much the perfect antidote to spending time leafing through the more-than-a-little-odd _Huanqiu Shibao_ of late.

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  2. It might be so ass-kicking that no fenqing cares to write angry comments. 😉 Which is OK with me. I’m blogging for fun, and for those who may care to read my posts.

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  3. That’s a good point about the fenqing. But I think most of them are hampered from getting at this WordPress thing — strange to think of the internet being somewhat ghettoized, or fractured. But that’s the whole point of the Great Firewall. I suppose we could sharpen up our Chinese mandibles and dive into the flames of the Huanqiu’s BBS, but what would that serve? It takes me long enough to digest the comments they leave betwixt themselves. Generally speaking, I think any fenqing could be brought around to some kind of reasonable dialogue if one inhabits the same space at, say, a table of food with a couple of other people. But get into the chat fora, or try to dialog with a post-football mob, and we have a lowering of the civilizational bar. Perhaps if they shut off all the cars and coal plants for a week, handed out scholar’s robes, and had clear skies for the full moon and were encouraged to stroll the perimeters of lakes and compose poetry, things would simmer down a bit. Instead, we have high unemployment and high social anxiety. fortunately the Chinese in Europe are immune from all that!

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  4. I think most of them are hampered from getting at this WordPress thing
    I think that’s true for many – not all – fenqings in China. I do get a few reads directly from China though, even now, as Beijing is (arguably quite efficiently) closing further gaps in its firewall.
    But interestingly, there is a number of English-speaking fenqings living in America or Europe who have absolutely fallen in love with pages like mylaowai.com. I doubt they could still live without getting their troubles of their chest there.
    My take is that they are disillusioned migrants, overseas students, and/or naturalized Americans with Chinese backgrounds.
    Another such commenter would be sing666 on the now defunct Time China Blog. I wasn’t too fond of that blog, but sing666 will surely miss it.
    I must say that I found some of my uncivilized virtual encounters with him pretty inspiring. (Or maybe just exhilarating.)

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