while back I wrote a column about cheating
and getting ahead in Chinese Universities I received a torrent
of emails demanding how I could brand an entire nation as a nest
of liars and cheats.
article this year in the Asia Times by Gary LaMoshi addressed
this "phenomenon" from a different perspective: that of
face and how precious it is to Asians as opposed to the rest of
us who have no face. I wonder how many emails he received from irate
Asians demanding their face back.
we have seen the Chinese demonstrate their ability to lie like petty
crooks caught in the act, covering up the mess with one foot while
loudly proclaiming their innocence all this does is give more
ammo to China-haters
to chew on for those suits looking for the big money.
all you Chinese patriots furiously click over to your Yahoo email
accounts, rest assured that the trail of poo that the Bush Administration
is leaving behind as it goes from "Iraq
can kill us all" to "Regime
Change in Iraq" to "Won't
tolerate theocracy" and so on is very clear to me. All
governments lie. Satisfied?
developing country will naturally lie a little to keep the predators
of the developed world guessing as to where the real meat is and
how difficult it will be to get to it. What China and the Chinese
need to understand is that the rhetoric
concerning China's ascension out of the morass of the past and well-deserved
acceptance into the international community demands actions to back
or developed or transitory or whatever, if I have to hear about
China's unrivalled growth and how much the world wants to be here,
then the nation needs to give a little. Of course we foolish
Westerners should sit and study deeply the annals
of China and do our best to unlock the secrets of face and politeness
er, I mean sophisticated negotiations
it be nice if the Chinese did a little homework on the value of
forthrightness and the pungent aftertaste rampant BS leaves in ones
statistics and covering up infectious diseases may be detrimental
to us all, but what is nice about China's mastery of "face
and sophisticated negotiations" is the effect these may have
on the somewhat broken down negotiations between the US and
of now, we're looking at something like this:
this corner, weighing in at, ohh, 90 some-odd pounds: One Punch
his opponent, a 995 pound Wall of Solid Muscle: The Crusher!"
give it to Kim and friends he sends a low level toadie to saunter
up to James Kelly and whisper in his ear: "Yo, Kim's got one
helluva right hand."
to question why the government has to send out sophisticated
telegrams to the rest of the world about the attacks that aren't
imminent and the talks that aren't broken down, the Japanese calmly
quiver and seek shelter while the South Koreans wave
their hands saying: "Hey,
can we get in on the talks, too?"
complicated mess indeed, for Ol One Punch there really believes
the nuke scare will keep the US from doing anything too violent
and the US really believes that Kim will either back down, is bluffing
or can be brought to heel by the Chinese, who have a lever or two
over the DPRK.
this is the kind of situation where sophisticated lying and
fake smiles and such come in real handy. Everybody sips some baijiu
and is entertained by a dancer or three, near the end of the
evening Kelly and whichever toady Kim sends next are slapping backs
and waving away any animosities and non-aggression pacts and plans
to dismantle nuclear plants are drafted up over hang-overs on the
plane ride home.
the Chinese bridge the gap between Asian Face and American Straight-shooters
as LaMoshi put it?
the Chinese can demonstrate that other ability learning real quick
from others and their own mistakes and make everybody forget about
the SARS business by facilitating a diplomatic coup on the peninsula.
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