reply to post by galadofwarthethird
Very astute, Galad, much like the Chinese themselves.
For four great years, I worked with a Taiwanese woman who ran her own business, a busy restaurant in a small college town. Only three of us ran the
whole place, and we all hustled, let me tell you.
We grew to respect one another, and what can be accomplished when movers and shakers get together, especially with the specific opportunities present
in America, and the South in particular.
She had lived and worked in Dallas and Boston before opening her (second) restaurant. The first had prospered in another town, but a highway moved
and her business dried up. So this was her second, carefully chosen, and extremely well-placed. She and her husband bought the whole building and
lived above the restaurant with their young daughter.
I learned more about non-corporate restaurant operations from this woman than any other place or class could teach me. She explained a lot about
ordinary life in Taiwan, how it's different than mainland China. How she had grown up on a farm, much like myself, but moved to the largest city and
gotten into waiting tables. She bought herself a cruise with some other young women and met her husband in San Francisco. He was a Vietnam vet
living there, and they married. The rest of their story is above.
I should add that he was a vet from the other side
, impressed into the Communist army, his family and village threatened, his own life at stake
if he refused. He described things that had driven him to drink. His mother actually came from Vietnam and spent a month there, so I got to know her
too. They were all just simple people. Good people. I saw the same things in his eyes that we see in our vets' eyes, if we really look.
Obviously, I grew to be very close with these people, and learned many, many things about China that made me understand what a major power they are,
and how inconceivable it is to them that it should change.
As they grow, they will certainly continue to make moves that support their vast infrastructure, and cement their power ever more.
They are the largest force on the planet, nation-wise, and like a planetary body, their huge mass has a irresistible gravitational force in our
Like the sun, we should not fail to understand as much as possible about them, and simply respect them for what and who they are, and who they are
We want the same, after all. It's only decent and certainly wise.
Thanks to everyone for your contributions to this thread. My personal opinion is simple: if one wants to become a master chess player, observation
of the current master is a crucial step, and most beneficial to the one wishing to achieve mastery. We can learn a lot by simply observing how things
are working there, and how they are or aren't working out.