Monthly Archives: October 2017

‘Alt’ Politics and Chinese Youth, a potentially scary development

White supremacy becoming popular in China seems like something that’d be akin to ‘when pigs fly’ or ‘when hell freezes over’ but it is an actual occurrence.

I was made aware of the popularity of alt right ideology in China through socialising with local university students in Beijing. Islamophobic and anti-African statements were a common staple within our conversations, and sometime it was even edged on by foreign White exchange students.

Amidst all the “herros” I’ve heard done purposely to amuse their western friends, what let me flabbergasted was the talk of how the Chinese race must be kept ‘pure’, that mixing with brown and black people was wrong. The odd part of all this racist talk, was that Caucasians were somehow part of the ‘pure Chinese’ group, and that it was fine to mix with them, as it was ‘elevating’ the Chinese people.

 

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Don’t call me Laowai – Expat Rights

Social media accounts on the WeChat platform seem to be one of the key factors in instigating this type of xenophobic thought pattern. Alt right keyboard warriors from the west have set up shop on the Chinese social media platform. They have hid under the guise of ‘expat rights’ to support their white supremacy movements.

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A Beijing Normal University student espoused the importance of Chinese purity and how that ‘racism’ is not exactly wrong and that perhaps I have been brainwashed by the ‘left’ in the west and attacked me saying I require further study in such matters.

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Admitting racism among these student but they will try to deflect it as something else. For instance ‘cultural racism’ and ‘physical racism’ were counted as different by this particular student, she said that she didn’t think that others weren’t physically inferior just culturally inferior.

Whether this is just a passing fad or will this phenomenon stay, is still to be seen. But for now, if you do encounter some university students in Beijing being openly racist, please send me the details, I am very curious as to why this is happening.

 

 

 

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The curious case of an ‘Australian Cafe’ in Henan and the worst $8 Coffee ever in China

The name ‘Cup and Fork’ immediately caught my eye. The wooden design stood out from the glut of  concrete and stone noodle establishments that filled up Zhengzhou, Henan.

Cup and Fork front doorWhat made it even more astounding on a closer inspection on Dianping (Chinese Yelp) is that this was an ‘Australian cafe’. This obviously piqued my interest to a great amount, being a native Melburnian, I had to try it out.

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Upon entry, I was greeted with a stand of Australian made products, the usual stuff you see Chinese exporters grab in wholesale quantities from Safeway and Coles. There was baby formula, vitamins and a whole range of other ‘healthcare’ products. You certainly don’t ever see this in a Melbourne cafe!

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There were only a few other customers in the cafe, it was golden week (Chinese national holidays) and Zhengzhou was not exactly a popular spot for the holidays. The counter was clean and had this clean and modern feel to it.

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The menu was stocked full of overpriced goods that would make even the most avid fan of avocados faint at the pricing. They sold Eggs Benedict or ‘Ban Ni Di Ke’ Egg with bacon for 52RMB! 62 if you get it with fish! That’s around $10-12 Australian dollars for two eggs on toast and a few pieces of meat. That’s absurd even for Aussie prices, not mention Zhengzhou prices, were the average net salary is only 3567.50RMB (around $700 AUD)! Nevertheless, perhaps the Eggs Benedict were just that good and were worth the ten quid, so I promptly ordered one.

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The eggs came a bit too heavily dripped in hollandaise sauce but nonetheless I set to work. Even though they were 50RMB I wasn’t exactly expecting the best, but even my low hopes were a bit shattered, all I could taste was the hollandaise sauce, the bacon were merely a tingle on my taste buds, even after cutting it up piece by piece. The whole ordeal actually had a bit of a sour aftertaste it to it.

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The flat white i ordered came and looked like the standard affair, apart from perhaps the sizing. It was a tiny cup, about the same size as one and a half sugar packets….all for the hefty price of around $8 Australian Dollars! I was able to finish the beverage in just two sips, I’m not even sure of the flavour because it was gone so quick, it felt more like drinking an expresso shot than a flat white. This and the Eggs Benedict were meant to be their signature dishes, well they certainly are both a signature of disappointment and wasteful spending.

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There were also these peculiar seats at one corner of the cafe, that featured actual swinging seats. I saw a couple swinging swinging uncomfortably on one. Maybe, it could be fun for kids.

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Oh and they also had a large array of avocado dishes on the second page of the menu. They are around the same price as the Eggs Benedict, but I didn’t have any more money to waste sadly or perhaps luckily.

When I went to pay my bill at the counter, I was able to find out that ‘Cup and Fork’ was owned by a couple that had recently immigrated to Australia. The husband was from Taiwan and wife was from Shenzhen, they both apparently live in Shenzhen now. The reason for the high costs, is because there aren’t any other ‘Australian food’ restaurants within the area so they have a monopoly. Fair enough…but in my opinion they are able to charge this much due to the powerful white worship in China, as well as that smucks like me get too curious.

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Multiple Chinese posters on Dianping have also exclaimed that they are not happy at the pricing, saying that it had elements of white worship. Why should western food be more expensive?

Anyway, if you do happen to be in Zhengzhou, Henan and need a cup of coffee, I would steer clear of this place.