Monthly Archives: February 2019

Australian Chinese social media accounts parrots Liberal Party talking points about refugees to stir up Chinese voters

A furor of xenophobia has raged through Chinese social media since the historical Labor victory within the Australian parliament and the passing of the Medivac Bill. This outrage has been kept alive by major Wechat public accounts each releasing their new account of it every few days.

The articles released by major Wechat public accounts such as ‘Australian Red Scarf’ have been incredibly sensationalised. Their article quoted heavily from the Daily Mail while also cherry picking crimes committed by people of middle- eastern descent, refugee or not. For example, the story of the 2016 Minto stabbing attack was used as an example of dangerous refugees, despite the fact that the perpetrator, Ihsas Khan, was born in Australia.

Australian Red Scarf use of non refugee as refugee

Other publications such as MLife used headlines such as “Right now! Boatloads of refugees are preparing to come to Australia,with already 14000 already lined up! This time it’s for real…”



Melbourne WeLife went even further, as they made a fake Bill Shorten quote and plastered on a photo of him. The quote reads “Green cards for all refugees! Let them share in our prosperity!”

fake bill shorten quote by chinese media
Then they went even further by making the claim that “this basically means, if Labor is elected, more than 10000 refugees will be able to instantly claim Australian permanent residency without any further testing!”
Melbourne welife false claim bill shorten

This was then further compounded by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, releasing a personal letter to the Chinese community. The letter  attacked Labor for putting political victories above national security and how that the Liberal party have a plan prepared to steer the country to safety if elected.


The first half of the Prime Minister’s letter to the Chinese Community heralded with Lunar New Year well wishes.

The Chinese response has in turn been very negative for the left leaning parties.


Definitely not voting for Greens or Labor.


Labor trash, always looking for trouble


Even though the other party is just as rotten, I’m still not voting Labor

What more, the editor of Australian Red Scarf then doused the spreading fire with more oil.


In response to this comment:

 What’s the point of studying to get a permanent residency, can the editor please tell me how I can get refugee status, haha.

The editor replied with this:

The editor wants to know how to get refugee status too!!!

News like this certainly will affect the upcoming Federal elections, especially in seats such as Chisholm. The Chinese heavy seat is currently contested by two Chinese candidates, with Jennifer Yang for Labor and Gladys Liu for Liberal. It will be interesting to see what developments happen in the future and how long this outrage will last or if more stories will be sensationalised.


Taiwan’s Fascists – The Black Bear Army and the Taiwan Civil Government, an unrecognised separatist movement.


A Taiwanese Civil Government and Black Bear Army parade in Tainan

The Black Bear Army are a paramilitary group on the East Asian island of Taiwan. They are the military arm of the ‘Taiwan Civil Government’ (TCG), a Taiwanese separatist government that aims to ultimately unite with Japan. The TCG does not recognise the sovereignty of the Republic of China, Taiwan’s current government and instead recognizes the United States of America as the principle occupying power of Taiwan.

Taiwan Civil Government headquarters in Taoyuan, Taiwan.  – TVBS


The group was found and led by Lin Zhisheng, and had its roots in the Formosan Statehood Movement. This movement sought to make Taiwan become the 51st state of the United States of America. After Lin’s many failed attempts at lobbying the United States to establish a permanent intrusion on Taiwan, he turned his head towards Japan.

Currently according to official reports, the Taiwan Civil Government has 36000 paying ‘citizens’ and features many levels of bureaucracy.

Their proposed state is divided up into 6 prefectures. Taipei, Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan, Kaoshiung, and Yilan.

Proposed administrative divisions of the Taiwan Civil Government


Identity, Caste and Bloodline

The TCG issue their own identification. Below is an application form for a ‘Taiwan Civil Government’ identification card. The application fee was last noted to be between 1000 to 1500 NTD.

TCG Identification Card Application Form

There is a caste system within the supposed ‘government’. Which one of the three ID cards you will receive will be down to your parent’s heritage.

1. TW identity cards are for descendants of colonial subjects of the Japanese colonial government on Taiwan. This is the highest tier and requires both the sides of the applicant’s family to have been a Taiwanese colonial subject of Japan, including grandparents. TW card holders are able to take part in Taiwan Civil Government politics and run for positions.

2. PTW identity card holders cannot hold office within the Taiwan Civil Government. These cards are for applicants who only have one side of their family being Taiwanese colonial subjects of Japan. 

3. CE identity card holders are for applicants of  some Taiwanese colonial subject descent. They also cannot hold office within the TCG.


The jus sanguinis diagram describing how citizenship works within the Taiwan Civil Government. Red colours denote colonial subject descent, while blue is for non colonial subject. – Taiwan Civil Government Website


The Black Bear Army

台湾民政府吸金5亿 网揭黑熊部队「只是拿钱的临时工」
Black Bear Army soldiers equipped with protective gear and batons. – China Times

The Black Bear Army is well equipped. Apart from the instantly recognisable protective riot gear and batons, they have been known to use rubber bullets and air soft weapons against civilians and protestors.

After the TCG barracks were raided by the police, they found stockpiles of rubber bullets and other legal weapons. A Tainan leader of the group exclaimed that the police should hand back the confiscated weapons as they were the property of the US Military Government.

It was last reported that the Black Bear Army had 120 permanent enlisted personnel.

Car damaged by Black Bear Army rubber bullets – Guancha


War Criminal Worship

The TCG have yearly trips to Japan to ”pray for the Japanese Emperor’s long life” at the controversial Yasukuni shrine.  These trips have drawn great ire from both Taiwanese Chinese and Mainland Chinese citizens, as the shrine houses many infamous war criminals responsible for Unit 731, Nanking Massacre, Comfort Women and many other war atrocities. It can be said that Yasukuni shrine would be equivalent to Germany having a shrine for top level war criminals.

TCG officials during a worship ceremony at the Yasukuni shrine – @将丰

The Scam and Downfall

Lin Zhisheng, the leader of the TCG and 5 other officials was arrested by the Republic of China (Taiwan) government for fraudulent activities in 2018. Government investigators found over 130 million NTD within their abodes, accusing Lin of misleading his members/citizens. Lin has responded by saying that he gained the money through legitimate business means.

It is reported that the TCG made money through their identification cards, car registration plates, visas and public servant training classes. None of which were recognised or accredited by any official institutions or governments. The US government has also vehemently denied any connection with the group after TCG boasted of their products being officially recognised by the US Military Government. Visa free travel to the United States of America was also not possible despite it being another feature that was touted by the TCG.

The IDs were sold for 1000-1500 NTD, Car plates and visas went for 6000 NTD. Classes were most expensive by far, going for 24000 NTD.

After the Tsai Ing-Wen crackdown on the TCG, there has been questions on whether she did it due to rumours of her supporting them and it was a move to distance herself from them. The official view is that the Tsai  acted due to violent and dishonest nature of the Taiwan Civil Government.

A cautionary tale to overseas born Chinese looking to work in China. Beware of Chinese on Chinese racism.

Preface: This is a rather long winded story about my experiences working in China. Please note that this is only my experiences and do not take it as though it is like this for all overseas Chinese working in China, as this only happened in the firm I was at.

Landing in Beijing

Two years ago I secured a research internship at China’s top university. In order to help supplement my financial needs, I also found a communications management job. This job was in fact actually quite lucrative, in that it was for a rising Chinese software developer, which at the time had the top grossing application in southeast Asia and paid very well.

Little did I know what was in store for me. I went into the job with great enthusiasm, excited to meet my Chinese colleagues and get acquainted with them as soon as possible. As an Australian born Chinese, I had never worked in a Chinese majority environment before.  This was to be an opportunity to just be part of the team.

Red flags should have popped up when I met the Chief Operations Officers (COO). He asked me. “You can speak English?”. He was markedly disappointed that I did not fit the foreigner mold that existed in his mind. it also showed that he had not read my resume or application either, or he’d have worked that out from my surname.

Overall, my responsibilities were pretty simple. Translate patches, write up the new lore for characters, do some voice acting, manage the social media and consult on Western culture. Sadly, things were not as simple as they could have been.

Upon logging onto Dingtalk (a communication software) and being introduced to the team. They instantly assumed that I was suspect in my qualifications. Firstly, they questioned why they would hire an Asian person to do an English heavy job like this (this is funny looking back on it, as nearly all of them pretended to be fluent in English). What happened in the subsequent few weeks some very odd drama.

Every single person that studied overseas, no matter the period or for what would come up and greet me and show off their English skills to me. This did not faze me, I was very glad since I wanted to make friends. It, however, became apparent that they were testing me to see if I could actually speak English and was a ”real” Australian. Throughout all this, I learned of the various far flung places that Chinese would go study English, ranging from France to Sweden, from periods of up to 1 month to a decade.

It started with the funniest correction from an Indonesian Chinese colleague. He was the country manager for the Indonesian region, so I had no idea how he got his hands on a PowerPoint presentation that I edited for the COO. He picked out a sentence and posted in public on DingTalk. He asked me why I wrote ”2 million players” instead of “2 millions players” and questioned my credentials in front of other colleagues. I laughed this off at first, thinking it was perhaps just him caring about the company.

Work Problems

Then the floodgates opened. Soon enough, random colleagues I’ve never communicated with started re-writing my my work publicly in the group.

Here’s an example:


There was this simple public service announcement message they asked me to translated.


I did not think much of it and translated it as “We apologize for any inconveniences but <Insert Game Name> is currently not available in your country or region”.

Then suddenly, the Shanghai operations manager interjected immediately, exclaiming “The English seems a bit odd”.


Another colleague then interjected with his variation. “We are sorry that <Insert Game Name> is not currently available in your country or region.

Which then led the Shanghai operations manager to reply “much better”.

Cases like this would pop up multiple times a day. I talked to the managing director and told him that I was being undermined and that they were perhaps bullying me. The director said to disregard it and just focus on my work, as my colleagues only just want the product to be as perfect as possible. As I had to delegate and complete my work in order to hand it off to assistants and various community managers within a timeframe, I did not think too much of it at the time.

As time went by, the undermining became more intense, soon I found out, the various regional managers, had leaked our APK and pre-patch notes secretly to community moderators. These moderators were mostly based in Southeast Asia and they were not on any payroll but for some reason they were proof reading what I wrote and mailed me suggestions or even directly messaged my superior, accusing me of poor English skills.

Soon, the attacks became more direct…


One day a patch was just uploaded and went live on the server. Suddenly, I was spammed with messages. The Shanghai operation manager was back. She asked me if I “knew how to translate” and  “how could you make such a mistake”.

This led to one of the managing directors to quickly reply. “Is this on the live server or the player tests ones? can it be edited still?”


Then the Shanghai manager posted the error. It was a picture of the Indonesian version of the game. She said “Oh fuck, who did the Indonesian version. My bad I accused you wrongly.”

Turns out what happened was that the very simple English text within the Indonesian version circumvented me, because the Indonesian team did not trust my English abilities and translated it themselves.

Anyway, this kept going on and eventually I got to meet this Shanghai manager during a work trip. She was short and stout and very much proud of her Shanghai roots. She told me she was born and bred in Shanghai right away upon meeting her. I was then probed on my qualifications and when I moved to Australia. She actually was in shock, when I told her that I was born in Australia and she then apologized for suspecting my English abilities.

She then told me she was happy to meet another “Australian” as she had studied in Australia for 4 years and graduated from the University of Queensland. She was quick to suddenly change from a native Shanghainese to an Australian so fast. Anyhow, she also made sure that I remembered she rejected the offer of doing honours of her own accord. Her smile subtly tweaked a bit when I told her I was a University of Melbourne graduate. I don’t know why that impacted her so, but anyway she stopped talking to me for the rest of the trip.

Pay Gap

The trend of constant suspicion continued but another discovery made it all worse. I found out that the White colleagues, who did little more than come in two times a week, were being paid equal to me. This was unfair, so I complained. I was immediately rebuffed with the answer, that this was ”Western culture” to have more leisure time. What made it more frustrating was that these Western colleagues told me to just ”chill” and that it was just ”life”.

I asked my Chinese colleagues that if they were happy about the pay gap. They instead rebuffed me, telling me I should not be talking about salary as its rude and that I was discriminating against Americans. This kind of flabbergasted me, as the Americans were earning four times their salary, while doing less than half the work.

Self Loathing

Around this time, the human resources manager asked me to help her edit a LinkedIn post to help her find a Malay and Chinese speaking translator. I gladly helped her and also gave a recommendation regarding a Chinese Malaysian girl who was studying at the university I was doing research at.

To my dismay, the girl’s resume was thrown out by the COO, citing that she was Chinese and they wanted a real Malaysian who understood Malaysian culture. I tried to explain to him that Chinese Malaysians made up a third of the population and were just as Malaysian as anyone and that this was very offensive to assume otherwise. Anyway, I was shouted out of the office.

I decided to pack my bags and resign, as I felt like that I was not going to last long. The upper management were getting annoyed at my constant pushes for equality. I could go on about the affair between the marketing director and the COO or the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on advertising every week, the greedy and self loathing Tencent executives I was acquainted with but that’s not the point. The point of this anecdote is that if you’re an overseas Chinese person looking to go back for work, choose your workplace carefully.