Reader silentvoice recently made these remarks about racial harmony as a Singaporean. His thoughts resonated with me and I would like to highlight it here as a post. Do you think this is achievable in the West? Why would you be for or against such a policy? Do you think this is generally what China is also doing? There’s a lot of things we Singaporeans dislike about our … [Read more...] about A Singaporean view on racial harmony
When the ‘race’ gets strong, everybody wants in
Race is a hot issue anywhere on the planet and has been throughout human history. Waves of European immigrants (not to mention those from other continents) have been shunned upon in America's past. After generations they became more accepted. But I am not trying to single out America. This phenomenon probably speaks about human nature more than anything else. The Irish, … [Read more...] about When the ‘race’ gets strong, everybody wants in
Recent African Americans attacks on Asian Americans, what are your thoughts?
In the last few months, there were a number of brutal attacks on Asian Americans by African Americans. 64-year-old Rongshi Chen, while on his way to a convenient store in San Francisco, was kicked by a group of young African Americans and had his collarbone broken. San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer, Nanette Asimov, went on to report: He's not alone. At least four … [Read more...] about Recent African Americans attacks on Asian Americans, what are your thoughts?
(Letter from Joel) How should foreigners feel about being called “鬼子,” “鬼佬,” “老外,” etc.?
I'm on an extended visit back to my hometown, Vancouver, a Canadian city full of Chinese. Chinese is the second-most commonly used language after English. My wife and I were running around a Chinese mall for fun to practice Mandarin and buy some Chinese DVDs when we overheard Chinese people talking about us in Mandarin saying, "Those foreigners are speaking Chinese!" I … [Read more...] about (Letter from Joel) How should foreigners feel about being called “鬼子,” “鬼佬,” “老外,” etc.?
Why are most of the advertising models in China Caucasian?
This is a follow up to DJ's post on the Official Chinese Olympic Fashion, but from a different angle. Instead of mutual respect between the host and guests, I have some introspective and soul-searching thoughts about the Chinese identity fantasy in the context of a global culture. … [Read more...] about Why are most of the advertising models in China Caucasian?