V. S. (Septermber 8, 2010 ):
I made very short visit to Beijing as
a first time tourist recently (with a group tour) and
barely got a fleeting impression. On the first day the
whole place was submerged in a smelly fog and did not
clear for 2 days. Accomodation was OK. On the street
level the place had a provincial feel (despite the
modern skyscrapers & huge shopping malls) and
the people were rather ordinary. I was impressed with
that. They were not your nose in the air type. They were
like those you see in the TV series... There is always
the good bad and ugly like anywhere else. But I will
give credit to the people - they were gentlemanly in
their traffic chaos ... compared to kamikaze drivers
in some world capitols. Just an impression. I know more
of the place & people from reading but "words" must
meet reality & experience.....
Of course I saw the Great
Wall (small touristy section see attached picture) & the
Palace (walked for 3 hours & wondered that the emperors never
went far) but guess will be back to take a closer look
at more places of historic interest...
We had a rather cynical tour guide who commented without
fear on the politics. Maybe it is the general feeling
of the ping min that those in power have usurped the
everything altho occasionally some are "jian-bied" to
set an moral example. I can't help wondering as in the
French Revolution when they gullotined (with relish)
as many of the aristocracy as possible.....but in China
there were some but no such blood bath (?) ... Of course
enemies of the 1st Revolution would say otherwise....landlords,
hanjians, etc... they probably deserved it.
V. S. (Septermber 13, 2010 ):
Now Japan wants to have a go at China... with the detention
of Chinese fishermen. Maybe once you have the imperialist
lust virus running in the blood it is hard to shake
I know it's only about controlling some island territory
(cum oil ?) issues.
I found this comment by a Japanese writer Koji
Taira in the wed journal "Japan
Focus"- He takes a very considered view
neither for or against...
Islands are China's irredenta, an area that historically
belonged to China but is currently under Japanese
control (to adapt the dictionary definition of the
word). There is a powerful current of irredentism
concerning these islands among Chinese people not
only in China proper, but all over the world. Many
Chinese feel that China was unjustly deprived of
the Diaoyu Islands and that they should be a rightful
part of Chinese territory....."
I am addicted to many Chinese "kang ye" TV
series (don't think that's the correct pinyin). Altho
largely fictionalised (laced with historic references)
the series give me an insight to the Chinese people anti-Japanese
Imperialist struggle from 1895 - what they think
and say. I say 1895 because that's when Japan first occupied
Chinese territory (Taiwan- until liberated by Chang Kai
Shek- hahaha! joke.. ).
I can say these series are important propaganda pieces-
(which should be dubbed in English or given English sub-titles).
A friend who was anti-China (communist) became (re-educated)
a supporter after following the various series and is
quite eloquent in defence of the anti-Japanese Imperialist
and Liberation struggle..! and anti-Chiang).
我找到了日本作家平良浩治在网络杂志《日本视点》上发表的一篇文章 – 他的立场应该是比较中立的…
   
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