Originally posted by misuneko
What I found strange was how the Pro Chinese group were stamping their feet and trying to place the Chinese flags in Pro Tibet hands, Spitting on the
feet of people who held Tibet flags.
As a Chinese who had been in continental Europe for years and went to UK countless times, let me try to explain to you how many overseas Chinese
people think. (In no way I expect you to understand, or to be convinced, just want to express my opinion).
First of all, never forget that Chinese people in your country is a minority, who think this whole situation is against the Chinse people and not only
As an oversea Chinese we are in general a quiet silent minority community in Europe (incl UK), who try to find a good balance of upholding the
history-rich Chinese culture, norms and values and be integrated in a society of a different culture. In general we don't make and hate troubles. We
even try to avoid troubles. The overseas Chinese are usually more close knit and just do what we need to do and live the life we want to live our
lives. The younger generation is sent to study, and the older generation runs their Chinese restaurants. Normally you will never hear from us.
When you never hear from us, do not mean we don't know what is going on around us. We see maybe even more than the common people living next doors,
because we have more access to a variety of news sources. News sources who do very often show the other side of the story too. These news are often
coming from Hong Kong or Taiwan. The overseas Chinese community sees how biased the Western MSM is and in general feel that there is discrimination
against China overall. And many of these overseas Chinese community most likely have seen a documentary on TVB this week, the most viewed Hong Kong
broadcasting channel among the Chinese communities all over the world, which addressed the recent bias and blunt wrong reporting of Western MSM, CNN,
Germans, BBC etc etc. This angered even more (overseas) common Chinese.
The over majority of this Chinese community does not understand why these "westerners" are so anti-China oriented, they believe it is the jealousy
or whatever reasons they can come up. There is a huge anger growing inside many of these Chinese therefore. They feel it is Unfair, Unjustified and
Anti-China propaganda. And most important is why the Western government does not do anything about the biases against the anti-China reporting and
anti-Chinese sentiments. When they saw how pro-China demonstrations were in many places (which is rarely reported, but being reported by HK/TW
channels), they feel that they for once in their life time should step up too now.
This is why you will see a Chinese community stepping up trying to "protect" a "Chinese property". A symbol, that activists are using to express
their opinions. A symbol, that Chinese people feels is now representing more than only a flame. A symbol intended for bringing cultures together in a
peaceful way, but now being abused as a political weapon.
The Chinese people stamping or spitting or whatsoever they were doing, they are most likely so fed-up and have to express their intense anger about
being discriminated. Hey, again, regardless if these activists say what, Chinese people WILL think they are against Chinese and not only policies. So
if this intense anger is being exploded, you will see a seldom scenario in your lifetime, your silent Chinese neighbour is screaming, and will do
anything to make their voices heard.
[edit on 6/4/08 by IchiNiSan]