Sunday, 27 May 2012

Daily Mail Racist Chinese Reporting

Rampant Sinophobia By The Daily Mail And Its Readership 

The above illustrates how British Newspaper 'The Daily Mail finds any opportunity to slander, degrade and insult anything related to China and its diaspora. The Daily Mail racist antics used to target ethnic blacks, now South Asians, however the racial group Chinese which causes the least trouble is subjected to the most racist insults etc.

By J.Wong (Guest Blogger)

Read More: The Daily Mail on the Northampton Ding Family Murder

Monday, 21 May 2012

Accidental hero of HK$6000 handouts

Benson Tsang, Nise Sou, Ban Chung and Cyrus Hu.

    A man who spent his HK$6,000 government handout on buying food for Hong Kong's hungry has accidentally created a new movement to help the city's poor.

    Benson Tsang Chi-ho was making a simple personal protest against the government's decision to give all permanent residents cash instead of using the money to help the people he believed really needed it.
    He used his money to buy tins of food and hot meals from small, independent stores and restaurants in Sham Shui Po to feed the local poor.
    A few of his friends decided to join in, using their HK$6,000 "as it should be used - back into the community".
    Tsang, an interior designer, posted some pictures of their efforts on Facebook and then arranged some other "people's handouts" using the social network site.
    The turning point came in February, after a government clean-up operation swooped without warning on street sleepers in Sham Shui Po. Their belongings, including bedding, identity cards, phones and clothes were confiscated and thrown away.
    Tsang said: "I got so mad about it I started ranting on Facebook. That night, I brought clothes down to Sham Shui Po for [the street sleepers] but they were nowhere to be seen. It was really cold that night."
    His outrage saw his actions gather momentum and now, a year and two months since the first "action" last March, 150 to 180 people gather once a month to try to make a difference. Most of them have never met each other before. And as of yesterday, 678 people had indicated on Facebook that they were taking part in the next of their planned events.
    Tsang said: "It's completely decentralised and anonymous. No one needs to commit and everyone's encouraged to bring the idea back to their own neighbourhoods, or start their own actions."
    Tsang said the aim wasn't just to "feed the poor" but to change the way people see others and to realise how powerful one's decisions can be.
    "This is not about being sympathetic - we don't need that. It's about sharing. We are trying to rebuild community and relationships within a neighbourhood," he said.
    Nise Sou Lai-sim, who does community development work in a church and has become a regular participant, said: "We don't raise funds, we don't need commitment, we have minimal organisation.
    "Rather, we hope this experience will create bridges between people of different backgrounds.
    "Our aim is to bring back the sense of neighbourly friendliness which Hong Kong has lost."
    Sou became involved last October - at which time about 40 people were taking part - after coming across Tsang's Facebook posting about a "mooncake event", where the group was giving out 800 mooncakes which had been donated.
    On Christmas Eve, she added, about 100 people turned up. She said talking to store owners, street sleepers, the elderly or cubicle dwellers was just as important as giving out food. "When you talk to people, your heart will change," she added.
    She said it was also important to spend donations within the community itself. "If we buy cans of food from ParknShop and Wellcome, then the meaning is lost.
    "This exercise is actually about bringing awareness. I changed the way I see, and so changed the way I consume.
    "We want participants to realise this," added Sou, who said the movement had also spread to To Kwa Wan and Kowloon City.
    Cyrus Hu Kwok-chum, who joined for the first time in December, said the initiative had made him aware of where food was made, and who would benefit from the money he spent.
    "My eyes were opened," he added, saying he now counted street sleepers, local store and restaurant owners as well as the people collecting cardboard among his friends.
    Hu works for a food import and export company and his bosses now donate food and drink which is close to their sell-by date and therefore cannot be sold to supermarkets.
    Another participant Ban Chung Wing-sze, who works in publishing, was moved to act a year ago after seeing Tsang's pictures of elderly people collecting cardboard to sell in order to be able to eat that night.
    "I was looking for a way to serving people, and saw that this was a good one," she said.
    Tsang said 80 per cent of the people who indicated they would come to an event turned up.
    Without a structure, Tsang said, he had named what was happening an "equal sharing initiative".
    There are now around 20 people who help put together events.The next one climaxes on May 26 and is all about "rediscovering your little neighbourhood stalls".People are being asked to purchase five to 10 cans of food from different small, local shops, label them with the stores' addresses and paste pictures on Facebook.

On May 26 in Sham Shui Po, which has the lowest average household income in the city, participants will swap the cans of food then return to their own districts to hand out the tins to the local needy, said Tsang."We will create a network and map of all the local surviving stores all around the city, supporting them, while using our money to ultimately support the needy," added the man who started it all.

Original article: SCMP ( needs subscription)

If Hong Kongers can take time out from their own busy lives to share, what can British Chinese learn from this , in order to improve our own sense of community?

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Chinese Tiger Mothers Spend £100,000 Teaching their Children 'Britishness' for Oxbridge Exams

Full Article :  Daily Mail

Wealthy mainland Chinese families are paying huge sums to British ‘Education consultants’ based in China to give their children the edge in interviews for top UK universities. This behaviour is known as 'Tiger Parenting', a term inspired by Amy 'Tiger Mom' Chua, the woman who wrote a book about her super-strict Chinese parenting style called Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. 

Such forms of education in China include tutoring topics such as ‘rugby banter’ and how to chat about the perennial British weather - and even tips on how to grasp the English sense of humour.

The practice has been common for the last decade with the country's richest ploughing their vast wealth into tutoring designed to help their children win places at establishments such as Eton College and Harrow.

This has now moved on to cover further education in order to improve the childrens' chances of winning coveted spots and Oxford and Cambridge.

BE Education in China placed more than 20 Chinese students in UK universities - many who attend the classes with their own bodyguards.

In some cases this has involved being taken to British-style pubs in China to watch international rugby fixtures as well as attending drama classes to increase their confidence. 

Friday, 11 May 2012

British Man In Beijing Beaten Up For Raping Chinese Girl

British Man In Beijing Beaten Up For Raping Chinese Girl

Where: Beijing, China. 100 meters south of the Xuanwumen subway entrance opposite the Sogo Department Store. 

When: 2012 May 8th around 23:20 [11:20pm]

Video shows a British man near Xuanwumen sexually assaulting a girl but was stopped and beaten up by Chinese locals passing by. From police investigations, on 2012 May 8th around 11pm, a foreign national male began molesting a woman in public after drinking.

When passersby saw, they stopped him and called the police. The police immediately rushed to the scene and arrested the man. Afterwards, the police put him in a detainment room for him to sober up and is currently being detained for investigation in accordance to law. This man is a British national and holds a tourist visa. At present, this case is currently in legal proceedings.

According to the 《Beijing Legal Evening News》 reported, the time of the incident, a British man with strong alcohol had sexually harassed several Chinese women on the metro and trailed one woman from Xuanwumen subway station and suddenly took her to the roadside flower bed, repeatedly stroked her breasts and lower body, she continued to cry for help, where passers-by intervened as she claimed she did not know the man.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Burglars Targeted 17 Chinese Takeaways and Restaurants

Burglars Specifically Targeted 17 Chinese Takeaways and Restaurants.

 THREE burglars who raided a Chinese take-away were caught with a map identifying 17 other Chinese restaurants. Today, the trio are all beginning prison sentences after driving to Suffolk from Liverpool to carry out their own takeaway from the Tasty Wok in Nacton Road.

Stolen in the burglary at the Tasty Wok, and found in the defendants’ car, was a Rolex watch, £840 cash, four walkie talkies and two crowbars. A pendant belonging to the restaurant owner’s wife had also been stolen during the burglary.

Robert Sadd, prosecuting, said officers found a map giving the location of 17 Chinese restaurants including the Tasty Wok which had “Monday good” written alongside it. There was telephone evidence to suggest calls had been made to restaurants to check if they were empty.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

What BBC's Can Learn From The Boxer Rebellion

 What BBC's Can Learn From The Boxer Rebellion

Here is an observation recently made by BBCZeitgeist:

"BBC's are very self-orientated and lack a collective unity as they were brought up/raised in isolation from other BBC's and do not know how to relate nor empathise with other BBC/Chinese outside of the confines of the take-away/family bubble, outside the bubble their social circles are pretty much white/indian/black etc, in other words they've assimilated, they have the same mindset as a white person, they do not look at Britain under an ethnic Chinese context."

Based on the above,  is establishing a single British Born Chinese identity a practical, or even realistic option?

From wiki:

 "The Boxers began as an anti-foreign, anti-imperialist peasant-based movement in northern China. They attacked foreigners who were building railroads and violating Feng shui, as well as Christians, who were held responsible for the foreign domination of China. In June 1900, the Boxers invaded Beijing and killed 230 non-Chinese. Tens of thousands of Chinese Christians, Catholic and Protestant alike, were killed mostly in Shandong and Shanxi Provinces as part of the uprising."

Boxers embodied the fighting spirit of China - huge numbers of soldiers made up of martial artists, working class,  with nothing to lose and a huge appetite to fight against Religious infiltration from the west - Christian missionaries - or pushers under the guise of missionaries trading their opium.


On BBC Ronin's blog where he felt the extreme nature of Chinese pride expressed on this blog was that of Fenging 愤青 or angry youths, I commented that an extreme Chinese pride attitude is logistically an antidote to fix our British Born Chinese culture because of the following:

  •  Geographical dispersal due to family take-away background
  •  Placated whorish attitude that is the foundation of British Chinese cultural identity
  • Apathy towards Chinese pride from most BBC's
  •  Negative/invisible portrayal of Chinese in the media/tabloids
  •  Controversial mixed race agenda, whether you care to overlook this or not, is a factual reality.
  •  BBCS only make up roughly 28% against a 72% FOB majority

Like Boxers,  for BBCs it's a fight to retain our ethnic cultural pride, but how?

BBCs, similar to Boxers, seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place, in that we neither are happy with where our culture is but at the same time feel we can do little about it to create a unified sense of purpose, and one reason is the lack of a central focus for Chinese in the U.K.

Whilst Muslims, Sikhs, Blacks have their own culturely strongly entrenched in their own religion, and FOBs religiously organise their own mah-jong /card game meetups, the only event that comes to mind of large masses of BBCs meeting up is for hedonistic pleasure such as clubs, which whilst necessary for youth culture, do not do anything for a centralising and developing our own cultural identity.

With the UK being largely a Christian culture not to mention the rise of Islamic beliefs , in comparison with the flexible East Asian Buddhist belief, apart from our own Chinatown, which is largely for FOB groceries and herbal practice,  BBCs do not have our own place of regular meet up.

Finally when you combine the above with the natural secretive/introverted nature of Chinese, and our tribalistic Chinese nature, it's questionable as to how BBCs can get any kind of unification beyond what we already have today i.e facebook and British Chinese online forums, if we do not resort to establishing our own sense of Chinese pride as as a workable alternative.


All that said, here is a plan for establishing our own sense of BBC cultural identity.

1/ Sharing what the idea of ethnic Chinese pride means for us as individuals and how we integrate this into our daily lives with a view to openly respecting each other's principles, by listening first.

2/ Build better connection with all other ethnic Chinese in your local area and create awareness between our different Chinese communities around the UK with small acts of public generosity - smiling to a stranger, giving someone your public transport seat, offering to help a stranger in need.

3/ Harass our British Born Chinese leader  to organise an open and supportive network for all ethnic Chinese in and visiting the UK

4/ Hassle our tycoons and promoters  who have benefitted from our community to support  the organisation of an independent British Born Chinese Online Media Channel sending their donations to a fund organised with the help of this website  in order to:
a/  Organise Beauty Pageants to celebrate BBC women, first before mainstream media does

b/ Report anti-Chinese incidents to create racial awareness, rather than pretend it doesn't exist.

c/ Interviews/TV shows with storylines that examine deeper issues that affect us as an ethnic community, as we continuously refine our own Chinese identity.

d/ Create and support our own pop, culture and fashion icons.
5/ Oppose western social engineering by participating in a regulated but inclusive media that we can all feel free to express ourselves, to bridge the gap between our given geographical dispersal and  westernised individualism and celebrate our ethnicity, diversity and ethnic pride.

If BBCs do not have a central focal point, such as religion,  as a marginalised cultural identity, how else can we create solidarity? And if a British Born Chinese media can act as a cultural mirror for ourselves, examine controversial issues that BBCs  face such as racism, cultural identity, and interracial relationships, why hasn't it been done yet? And if a BBC media ever got off the ground what would you like to see?