The following is the English translation
of an online post penned by Chinese Netizen Liu Ruichang
Yesterday I called a cab and during the ride
the driver in his 50s told me his recent encounter with an American studying
A few days ago, the driver picked up a passenger
at Wudaokou (五道口) near all those big universities, including
Tsinghua University (清华大学) and Beijing Language and Culture
University (语言大学). He was an American but could speak fluent
The American climbed into the cab and sat next
to the driver. When he found a tiny statue of Chairman Mao,
the founding father of the People's Republic of China, and
a ID plate from the driver's work unit specifying him as
a CCP member, he became quite upset and yelled at the driver
angrily: "Take away these things."
"Why?" asked the taxi driver.
"Communist Party is bad, Chairman
Mao is bad!" the American exploded.
That outraged the taxi driver. "You are
not in the position to comment them here! Get off my car!
The American had
no choice but to leave the cab.
When I heard his story, I beat my palms aloud. "Well
said! My word! You gave the American a good lesson!"
The driver replied, "I joined the PLA
at 18 and became a Party member at 21. I love the CCP and
love Chairman Mao. I can't stand to hear those American devils
to insult them."
Beijing taxi drivers are renowned for being
seasoned political commentators. There was no exception with
this taxi driver. "All parties in the world have their
faults in one way or other, and all great men have their
flaws. So do the CCP and Chairman Mao." he continued. "But
comparing to what they have accomplished for China, their
mistakes are minor issues."
By the time the driver concluded his grand
speech, the cab reached my destination, and I got off the
But his words cause me to ponder. Just what
makes the way of thinking between Chinese and the Westerners so
world apart? Aren't Americans loving to talk about democracy, human
rights and freedom?
But why they can't live with seeing other people to present
the image of their own national leader and their party membership
card, and why they want to dictate other people's faith?
To me it shows how hypocritical they are about their new
found religion: American-style democracy and freedom; and
proves their new religion is nothing more than mere an excuse
for them to meddle in other people's affairs, to invade other
sovereign states, to install puppet regimes, and to place
other nations under their control.
China used to be partially-invaded and semi-colonised
by America and other Western Powers, but now we are an independent
people, and no longer willing to put up with their nuisance.
As you can see, today even a taxi driver has guts to say
NO, and say it aloud, to Americans. He is a real Chinese
original text of the article by 刘瑞常:
4,000-Year Old Tree