Some Chinese have spoken of their disillusionment after watching Western press coverage after recent Tibet riots, and others have spoken of how their opinions changed after they have actually *lived* in the United States… but even so, many Chinese have a deep love affair with all things American. For many, the United States government can do no wrong (while the Chinese government can do little right).
In an effort to add some depth to Western knowledge of Chinese voices… here is the translation of a thread celebrating the American government’s support given to China, after the recent earthquake.
This thread is from KDNet’s Cat’s Eye (猫眼) forum. This is also one of China’s most popular discussion forums, and a well-known gathering place for those who tend to have a more “rightist” political world view. Criticisms of the Chinese government tends to be most common. (Also see earlier introduction to Tianya.)
I don’t translate this message to suggest that this is a common view amongst Chinese (not at all). I post this message to reaffirm that the Chinese marketplace of ideas is thriving, and many, many different world-views are openly competing for attention and support.
Posted by 中南海二锅头:
(From the official Xinhua news agency): Forty-seven members of the United States House of Representatives have sent a letter to Chinese ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, offering their consolations in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake. The chairmen of the United States House of Representatives Working Group on Chinese-American Affairs: Rick Larsen and Mark Kirk, as well as other committee members expressed in this letter their strong sympathies, especially in light of the tragic injuries and deaths widespread amongst school-children. The American people are thinking of the Chinese people, and have kept them in their prayers. At this moment of difficulty, America stands with the Chiniese people, and are ready to provide any kind of help to the Chinese people. If China requires them, the American government’s relevant authorities is ready to send rescue crews to the earthquake zone. On May 13th, the United States House of Representatives held a moment of silence in order to express their sympathies for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake.
Posted by wangbj:
American House of Representatives, as a member of the Chinese people, I offer you my deepest respects! Your actions have ignored differences of country and race, and have shown only caring for the lives of people! The dignity of humanity! I again express my deepest respects, and hope to model ourselves after you!
Posted by 愚蠢涧:
The United States just donated another $26 million. This is just another example that you’ll only see the true bonds between men during a time of disaster. America, I love you.
Posted by 愚蠢涧:
Some Chinese are still cursing Americans every day. Comparing the quality of Americans and the quality of Chinese… I’m really embarrassed to be a member of the Chinese race.
Posted by 669064:
Of course, you have to understand what Americans are! America is a country with people from all around the world, it’s basically a glorious smaller version of the United Nations. The legacies of people from all nations can be found in America. The United States has the most races of any country on this planet, and no race has more than 1/4 of the total population. It’s really surprising that so many races can peacefully co-exist and thrive. Being an enemy with the United States means you’re an enemy with all of the people of the world.
Posted by 锐利服:
America – the son of God.
Posted by 无畏使者:
Posted by 南宁王生:
As a result of many years of propaganda, a substantial number of Chinese (especially those with simple minds) have the biased view that Americans like to get involved in the affairs of others, and these Chinese have developed a negative reaction to this sort of intervention. But what they don’t know is that if the United States didn’t like to “intervene”, no one would’ve stood in the way as Japan conquered China, southeast Asia, and the rest of the world.
Only because the United States likes to intervene:
– was Hitler prevented from swallowing the USSR, all of Europe, and the world;
– did China enter the United Nations Security Committee as a victor;
– did Taiwan escape Japan’s colonialism and return to the motherland;
– did the South Korean people escape the Kim family’s bloody rule, allowing them to live a prosperous and happy life in a democratic and free country;
– did Europe and Japan quickly return from post-war devastation and quickly return on the road to modernization;
– did China avoid a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union;
– did Kuwait avoid being slaughtered like a little lamb by Saddam, and all of the Middle East avoided the heavy hoof of Saddam’s rule;
– was the Iraqi people liberated from Saddam’s violent dictatorship, given the right to vote, and a happy/glorious life as a free citizens;
– was the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia ultimately saved from ethnic rioting;
– do the Myanmar people have any hope of surviving in the face of overwhelming natural disaster;
– was the Internet, GPS, and other modern technologies spread to every corner of the world, allowing us to sit here idly discussing these issues;
– only because the United States likes to intervene has world peace been maintained, and the principle of righteousness can grow…
In conclusion: the world has righteousness because of the United States; humanity knows happiness because of the United States.
Posted by 解放在即b:
God has sent the American people to rescue the Chinese people.
Posted by 花花的哥哥:
America – the bigger brother helping all of humanity down the correct path.
Posted by wolfgen:
The American people and government have always stood with the Chinese people; this is a principle that has been verified through innumerable events.
Posted by 2383304:
Only because of America is this world full of hope!
I can find no media report suggesting that the United States has donated $26 million as mentioned abovel the US government has so far given $500k as an “initial” donation to the Sichuan earthquake relief effort. The US government has also subsequently flown relief goods (tents, ready-to-eat meals, generators) “worth $1.5m” to Chengdu. President George Bush offered condolences and support. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued this statement with the same.
(I wonder how many Americans would recognize or agree with this view of their own country and government!)