Monday, September 17, 2012

Few thoughts on riots in China in recent days

Too busy to put everything together in an organized way, so I'm gonna put my thoughts in bullet form.

  • Territory dispute between nations with complicated historical background that involves multi nations, change of regime, natural resources, and competition of national strength is always a mess for regular people to comprehend. I think it is always better for involving states to handle it behind closed door. If they can't solve it now, just put it in 'freezer' and let future leaders to handle. If a fire is ignited, I think it should be put off before it got out of hand, that's what I think both Japanese and Chinese governments should do now, don't let saving face become a "game of chicken".
  • Citizens are entitled to the right to express their emotion and opinion towards their government's actions. If people are getting emotional, it's better to have 'organized' way to let them pull out their guts. Otherwise, things can be easily get out of hand. Crowds are blind and issues can be hijacked. If the physical crash with authority is actually driven by organized force behind as mentioned by some media. It is like fighting fire with fire, highly dangerous and could eventually burn itself.
  • Chinese citizens' image in media is certainly once again tarnished with all the video clips and photos in the media in recent days. Don't blame the media or try to control them. It is useless in these day and age when everyone has a smartphone. Cuz, the rationale may not come out but what happened will be shown. Since peace protest is not a norm but a rarity in China, the standby by riot police is thus understood. However, as I said, people from outside wouldn't understand all the complicated issues behind. How they view a matter will easily be affected by what they see in the media. I would say that what they have seen so far is definitely not a good thing about Chinese. Viewers may not like what Japan does, but they would certainly view Chinese badly based on what they did.
  • There are tens if not hundred ways to express yourselves, why chose the ugliest, dumbest, and least effective way? When a nation's power is on the rise, it could strike both admiration as well as fear among its peers. Actions are always more convincing than words. The words of the regime is less convincing than what people are putting up on their signs. Some of them are really uncivilized, ridiculous, and strike second thoughts on viewers' mind. When those signs suggest the threat of violence and atrocity to the people of another nation, with the real damages done to its own fellow citizens, how could people from outside world would believe Chinese are peaceful on the rise. Together with the behavior of quick rag-to-rich tourists aboard, and the biased agenda of media and politicians, it would make it very hard for Chinese to make friends abroad these days or in coming future. Should we care about this? I think we should, cuz we are not living in islands. We are all connected these days. Perception is very important, from individuals to a nation.


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