reply to post by crackerjack
WELL DONE. Great thread.
1. I taught at a Provincial Capital Univ in a Southern Port city for 2 years there.
2. I taught at university in Taiwan for 13 years.
3. I loved both places. I loved China somewhat more in that many of the people I interacted with were very close to the nitty gritties of life. That
is, they REALLY knew what it took to work hard; get ahead; study hard etc.
4. They loved that I was authentic, honest, sincerely loving, kind, servant-hearted, demonstrated authentic humility in contrast to most PhD's etc.
and responded in kind.
5. Yes, the mercinary aspects were plenty present on the part of a ton of the people.
6. Yet, there were a fair number who had a lot of individual integrity and didn't stoop to such. They might be hard to find in some settings, groups
and not in others.
7. I associated a lot with Christians when I could and Christianity there, ON THE WHOLE, is a much higher quality than Christianity in the USA. When
Christianity cost your parents their lives or caused you to suffer prison and torture . . . it's not a SOCIAL thing. It's REAL FAITH IN A REAL GOD
OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.
8. The ethic of valuing education there is still strong in spite of the Cultural Revolution--perhaps even more because of it.
9. Yes, the mercinary aspect is strong for the vast majority. Money is at least as much an idol there as in the USA.
10. So is status and certainly POWER.
11. I believe that the LACK of a Judeo-Christian substrate PLUS the moral hollowness of corrupt Communism has left most citizens with a
dog-eat-dog--me-first mentality. Most see others who don't have such values as stupid.
11.1 HOWEVER, Even a Communist Party Government study documented that Christians in China were the most
etc. and therefore highly prized as employees and bosses.
12. Everyone complains about the back doors of corruption to get what they want--and yet are first in line to do it.
13. When I went to China, I was stupidly proud that the USA was not as corrupt. I was wrong. Now we have a Marxist globalist Kenyan traitor
deliberately destroying the USA as rapidly and thoroughly as he can and all primed to do even far worse if he gets in a 2nd term. His administration
is WORSE than many in China. He is a compulsive pathological liar; a clinical narcissist; arrogant to the max etc. far worse than the worst I met in
14. At least the leaders in China do better at PRETENDING to serve the people in SOME respects. And, there is, IN SOME contexts, much MORE group
consensus work toward decisions that affect the whole group.
15. Authenticity, humility, kindness go a LONG way in China toward building genuine friendships that are trustworthy--much more than alcohol and other
16. When Tienanmen and the Democracy demonstrations brought China to the brink of Civil war, I had several families come to me quietly and say to me:
'Don't worry, Dr X, we will protect you and hide you.' when the government was stirring up anti-American propaganda to blame it all on the USA.
THOSE FAMILIES KNEW THEY WOULD BE RISKING THEIR OWN LIVES AND JOB FUTURES. They meant it. Thankfully, it didn't come to that. I'll never forget
that. Those priceless, loving, servant-hearted people will always have my heart.
17. People would often ask me if Chinese people had the same psychological problems as Americans. Yes! All the same stuff. People are people the world
over. Some of the group EXPRESSIONS, NORMS of the same problems may be different but the root problems are the same.
18. Certainly loss of face and pride issues are more intense in Asia in general and certainly in China and Japan. A LOT of dramatic and costly even
deadly stuff can occur because of those issues. Americans are a bit more covert about such issues.
19. Taiwan and Southern China have great fruit. Greatly miss that.
20. I finally found a place to get brown rice on special personal order where they milled it. They thought I was silly for wanting it but obliged
21. The guest house cooked elaborate special dishes--most of which the foreign staff didn't really like. Finally, I risked the unthinkable and sat
down with the cooks and an interpreter and hammered out some basic dishes that were relatively easy--a lot easIER, actually--for them to prepare and
which were safer and more palatable to the Western teachers. The cooks declared on my leaving that I was the best foreign Friend they'd ever had.
Normally, even the Emporer was cautious about questioning or complaining to the cooks. LOL.
22. The Christians were priceless. I knew one invalid who used a hand crank tricycle to come 4 hours to church--I forget--maybe 3 times a week.
That's dedication, folks.
End of characters. I'll stop here. I'd be interested in your responses to the above