but the more I heard, saw and experienced, the more I realized I am very different in both thinking and behaviour I've traveled all around china, seen most of china
He was impressed by the friendliness of Chinese people around him, but not Chinese people's behaviour as an at large. He thinks Chinese people are very different from most people with the foreigners. He appreciated the Chinese who are nice to him and ready to be new friends. However, he:
doesn't like where Chinese society is going increased competition for everything, nationalism, polluting the environment.
It's going to be ugly, he said, and it already is ugly but will get worse. He wondered why there was such great difference between the historical texts in the foreign countries and those in China. He agreed on my opinions on history and historical perspectives of Chinese (I will discuss this issue in another post History, Historical Perspectives and Chinese People, which will also be written in English). He was also surprised that so many young Chinese people were unwilling to discuss the politics, even didn't care about it at all. Most Chinese say 'i don't care for politics it doesn't affect me' like those described in China’s Me Generation of Time magazine. He didn't agree. Because in china, politics affects people's lives MORE than other countries. It's pitiful that it seems that all Chinese people want just money, to be rich without considering the environment and the society. Some Chinese people told him that the foreigners are too simple minded. He retorted Chinese think too much and make things difficult when they don't have to be, for instance face (面子). Guanxi (關係: Relation ) is another Chinese concept that is china's downfall, he convinced.
When I asked him whether the concepts of freedom and democracy will change the nation, he confirmed the answer. But it can't be done overnight of course, it's recommended to release the power of the government to the people slowly and start with freeing the media. China is lack of Universal Suffrage. He could vote a politician whom he didn't like his/her doing out. Unfortunately, the Chinese people are forced to do things, even if they don't like or feel uncomfortable. I always think it's evil to force someone to do something which will make his/her conscience cursed.
China isn't a meritocracy. so Guanxi leads to corruption and unfairness.
If you do good, good things will happen to you and vice versa, if you do bad things, later you bad things will happen to you.
He used a religious term Karma whose meaning is quoted in the above block to say why we should do good. If not, we will one day pay for our deeds. It's not about religion. But the atheism CPC obviously doesn't know it, so it keeps being evil. He said the common in us is that we are both angry freshmen （憤青： fenqing). I have my own explanation of this word 憤 青 and I would rather to translate it into angry young Chinese because 憤 青 is an exclusive product of China. There was never been a people like Chinese who has suffered from such great pains and dilemma, so a population who. It's an absolutely controversial concept. 憤青 are always considered as the factor responsible for the unsteady of society no matter what kind of the social circumstances. The founders of Kuomintang are the 憤青 of Qing Dynasty; the early members are 憤 青 of Republic of China and now us in communist China. Sometimes they promoted the development of society and otherwise reversed the pace of history like the early members of CPC. So Chinese people have fallen into a weird cycle: "the guomindang was corrupt and stole from the people, so the people rose up and took them out, joined the CCP. 60-70 years later, the same thing is starting to happen, CCP is corrupt, incompetent and not able to lead the country". So the tide is turning. In the other hand, the number of 憤青 in a society and the degree of tolerance to this kind of people show the degree of health of the society. The conservatives always complain that why there are so many fenqing, disturbing the steady of society and ignorant of great leadership of CPC. In a Stephen Chow's movie King of Beggars (武狀元蘇乞兒), the answer of the king of beggars to the empire is quite classic. He said the number of beggar is determined by the empire, if the empire cares about the people and offers more ways to make money, there will be fewer beggars, otherwise it increases. Nobody would like to be a beggar. However, currently it seems that many people take angry as their occupation in China. But the rulers never think what they are doing is the deep root that results in such considerable amount of fenqing. If the society is really harmonious, nobody would like to search for troubles. We don't need to be angry as before. Furthermore, I am not a democracy activist.
He is studying a degree in English education at the University of Hong Kong। He said that he was impressed by me, quite different from other young Chinese he met. Frankly, almost of the foreigners contacted with me said i was quite impressive. Hopefully there will be sunny day at the end of holiday, because i have promised him to show a most beautiful Xiamen.