Mr Tan Jinyong (谭锦镛) was a proud man, because
he was a kungfu master and he was a diplomat.
But Mr Tan decided to kill himself. Why?
To start with, it was in the year 1903 when
China was a segregated society ruled by alien herdsmen Manchurians
who enslaved the locals while curried favour with the foreign
powers in the hope that the West could help them to suppress
the resistance movements at home.
Mr Tan was, unfortunately, a local Chinese
and, like all the indigenous Chinese men under the Manchu
colonists, was forced to be stamped with a repugnant mark
on the back of their head: a pigtail - the only noteworthy
physical heritage that Manchurians brought to China; and
was, tragically, sent to his post in St Francisco in the United
States, a country by then was also under an apartheid
At the nightfall of 13 August, 1903, Mr Tan
was returning to the embassy after completed some diplomatic
affairs in the town. When he walked onto a bridge on the
urban fringe, he met his fate: an American cop.
Seeing Mr Tan passing by, the cop lurched out
of the darkness and cursed aloud in Enginese (English Chinese),
“Hi, Chink, yellow pig!” He then thrust his hand towards
the diplomat’s head and threw off his cap. “Wow, a long braid,
what a pig tail!” the cop cackled.
The diplomat picked up the cap from the dirt
and pronounced in clear English, “Please mind your manners,
Sir. Chinese are also humans!”
“Yeah? Chinese are also humans?” the American
cop mocked, stretching his hand to lift Mr Tan’s chin.
The diplomat suppressed his anger and repeated
his statement emphatically, “Yes! Chinese are also humans!”
But before he barely finished his sentence,
the American cop slapped firmly across his face.
Mr Tan erupted. With just one strike, the kungfu
master knocked the American cop into the air and threw him
onto the ground in a distance.
The cop was badly hurt and blew the whistles
to call his gang. Soon a large number of cops swooped down
on the bridge from all directions and encircled the diplomat.
One shouted sternly at Mr Tan, “How dare! Attacking police
officer! Who are you?”
Mr Tan presented his ID. “I’m a military officer
of the Chinese embassy to the United States."
“Military officer of the Chinese
embassy!” The cop yelled back. “Know what, all Chink
yellow pigs deserve to be beaten up!” He struck the Mr
Tan hard with his club. All the cops sprang forward to
join the violent assault on a bear handed foreign diplomat
before they trained him on the bridge fence with a paper
flower tied onto his hair.
A large crowd of local Americans gathered under
the bridge watching the show with excitement. Some clapped
their hands in high thrill, others laughed and cheered, while
some threw stones at or spit on the injured Chinese man.
Mr Tan closed his eyes, and clenched his jaw
tightly that caused the blood dropping from his lips.
Eventually the diplomat was driven to St Francisco
police station with his hands cuffed for the only crime he
committed that is being a Chinese and being a victim of the
racist American police force.
At the station, when he once again presented
his diplomatic ID, a chief cop barked at him, “All Chinese
deserve a slap in the face. No exceptions! Understand?"
It was until approaching the midnight, after
paid a large sum of money to the cops by a Chinese American
businessman, the diplomat was finally released.
Reportedly, when Mr Tan stepped onto the bridge
again, his heart was broken and bleeding. China, home to
one of the most brilliant civilisations in human history,
had been turned into the laughing stock of the world under Manchurians,
a wicked and wretched people originally migrated to China’s
northeast corner from Siberia.
It is said that at one point he cried out to
the dark sky hanging thick over the land of an uncivilised United
States, “China, will you ever make Chinese feel proud
of you again? Will you ever be able to protect your own people?”
(“中國啊, 你何時才能強盛起來? 中國人何時才能不受气?”) Having said that, he took
a plunge into the turbulent stream under the bridge.
His body was found in the river the following
The Eight Power Allied Forces in China in
1900 - A comedy drawing published on European newspaper at
Bearing in mind, 1903 was just three years
after the incident in which the Eight Power Allied Forces
formed by the countries including the United States, Britain, Germany,
France and Japan occupied Beijing and burned
the palace garden in the pretext of ensuring the safety
of their diplomats in the embassies that were under the siege
of the locals, flurried by their support of the killings
of the Chinese people and the assault against Chinese civilisation
executed by the Western Christian
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