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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.

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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…”

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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!”

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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!”
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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.

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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.

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Definitely not voting for Greens or Labor.

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Labor trash, always looking for trouble

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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.

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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.

 

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

Introduction

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.

台灣民政府行政區域圖。(圖/翻攝台灣民政府網站)
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.

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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.

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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:

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

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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”.

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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…

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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?”

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haidilao 海底捞 China’s premier hotpot chain gives free food and goodie bags only to White people

Our Haidilao table had 5 members. One Australian born Chinese, a South African Taiwanese-Chinese, two White Australians and a Chinese mainland-er.

Out of no where the waiter came up to me and said that the two ”guests from afar” pointing at the two White Australians can order free food. It wasn’t much, just some free noodles and snacks.

I did not think much of it at the time and just let it go.

Due to the great service provided at the restaurant chain and the behest of the two White guy we had with us we went back for another round of Haidilao a few days later. This was another franchised restaurant in Xiamen where we were holidaying.

We had the same 5 members. One Australian born Chinese, a South African Taiwanese-Chinese, two White Australians and a mainland-er.  We were all speaking English, as the two White guys couldn’t converse in Chinese.

Once again, without prompt, a waiter came up and offered free food and pointed to the two White Australians. They even came with goody bags loaded with gifts this time to welcome these ”faraway guests”, as they said.

I asked the waiter, how come that me and the other two people are not eligible for any free gifts and she said, that’s because they are foreigners and we were not.

I told them, that I was born overseas and legally a foreigner as much as they are. They replied with that, that two White people were real foreigners.

At this time, I did not care for the 50 yuan or so worth of free gifts, that they were lavishing onto the foreigners but more for the fact of equality. Why are only White foreigners eligible for such ”welcomes”. I asked for the manager.

The store manager came and explained that all foreigners were eligible, be they Japanese, Korean or White. I asked what about me, and she said, you would be if we thought you were a foreigner.

This perplexed me, as I had dined with my South African mate before in the same restaurant, just me and him. We only spoke English and we dressed very different from the locals. We were even asked where we were from and answered. There were never any free gifts offered. Not to mentions the dozens of times I have gone to Haidilao restaurants in different cities with Autralian born Chinese friends or American born Chinese friends, where we have never received any such gifts or ‘welcomes’.

I decided to file a complaint with the store manager, and asked her to escalate the issue to the upper echelons. The store manager tried to resist and offered me and the other Asian customers at the table some goodie bags. We all rejected them and said, we prefer to be treated equally but not out of coercion.

I told her, that it would probably be better if they scrapped the whole welcoming altogether as it obviously had racial undertones. She denied this and even said that it wasn’t racist that they think most foreigners are White. They were merely ”welcoming” people who had traveled.

I filed the complaint after rejecting all the bribes of free food and goodie bags they were now lavishing on us. She added me WeChat and said that she will try her utmost, in the most unconvincing manner, to fight for equality and thanked me for my ”western values” and rolled her eyes and left.

A week later, after I had already gone back to Autralia, she contacted us on WeChat and left this message.

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(Name) Sorry to disturb you. We would like to talk about the feedback you have filed. We, Haidilao, have always strove to treat all our customers like family. In regards to the issue of providing gifts to foreign customers, we are not 崇洋媚外, (a Chinese idiom denoting foreign worship). This is merely a way to express our gratitude and to welcome customers, and to exhibit China’s hospitable traditions.  This is not to say that Haidilao only gifts to foreigners, we gift to everyone, as long as they are customers. This is a way to thank those for choosing Haidilao, while also wishing fortune to them as the same time. We hope you can understand our actions. In the future, we will pay more attention to this issue and will send this complaint to the corporation. Thank you for your feedback. We hope you will continue to support Haidilao,  we wish you good luck and success.

It seems as though Yang, the store manager, we spoke to have yet to actually send the complaint to their corporate offices at the time of this WeChat message. They once again denied that they only gift to White foreigners, despite my anecdotal experience of never receiving such treatment in the past unless with White foreigners.

What do you all think?

 

Chinese firm, Poly Real Estate, allegedly has discriminatory hiring policies against Chinese Australians and prefers ‘local Whites’

The original story was published  last year in mid-October by Melbourne Today, a local Chinese WeChat media company. At the time, I was very busy and overseas so I did not have enough time to actually look at the issue more closely, but the allegations were definitely very inflammatory: Chinese discriminating against Chinese!

The story goes that last year, a man under the pseudonym ‘Mr Yang’ reported that he was racially discriminated against by a Chinese company during recruiting. Mr Yang reported that the company had a sudden change in recruitment policy, after he had successfully progressed through the initial round of interviews. The company allegedly abruptly told him:

Company policies have changed, we are now only hiring local Whites

Yang reported this story to Melbourne Today, who did not disclose the alleged employer in question. Instead, hiding their identity by covering up their name.

Luckily though, Melbourne Today left enough evidence for me to do a quick google search using the exact words function in combination with the hiring criteria to find the alleged employer.

By typing in “Must be fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) & English both in writing and oral”, exactly into google’s advanced search, I was able to find the alleged company, as there was only one result, which also matched the period of the article.

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Furthermore, the hiring details also match the other evidence, such as the position available which was a “Market Research Analyst Assistant”.

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And sure enough, PolyGlobal or Poly Australia, is a Chinese company. On their LinkedIn page, it says that they are an subsidiary of Poly Real Estate Group Limited.

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Poly Real Estate Group Limited or Baoli Dichan 保利地产 in Chinese, is one of China’s and also the world’s largest real estate development companies.

Funnily enough, I actually found some Poly Global hiring advertisements on Melbourne Today, as they had been using their website as a hiring platform. The use of this service is, however, totally free so Melbourne Today would not be getting paid. What I suspect is that Melbourne Today would be rather afraid to go head to head with Poly Real Estate, as they are a behemoth in terms of power within the Chinese community.

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I have already contacted PolyGlobal and is waiting on their response. I will post their response as soon as it arrives.

 

UPDATE:

PolyGlobal have replied and denied the allegations.

 

Dear Michael,

Thank you for your enquiry. Poly Australia is proud to have an incredibly diverse workforce of 60+ employees who reflect the nature of the Australian population.  We strive to be a valuable member of the community and contribute to Australia through our work and our people.

Poly Australia’s recruitment policy is to appoint candidates based on their professional skills, capabilities, fitness to each individual role as well as the company’s organisational culture, we also prioritise internal promotions.

At Poly Australia, each employment opportunity is awarded upon merit, and we take pride in ensuring that we have appointed the best possible candidate for each role, regardless of ethnicity.

Should you wish, we would welcome the opportunity to arrange for you to visit our office, speak with some of our team and experience the culture within our team.

Regards,

Jay Carter

 

Chinese Students Considering Other Countries After University Fees Hike

The Turnbull government plans to slash funding to universities as well as to raise student fees. This news has spread like wildfire throughout the Australian Chinese community resulting in many negative responses.

Sensationalist Wechat social news stories already popped up days before with speculative fee rises.

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Melbourne ShenghuoZiXun speculated a 40% increase on the 29th of April

Respondents originally were skeptical that the Turnbull government would go through with such cuts.

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Translation: Logic tells me this isn’t possible, as increasing fees by 40% would destroy the competitiveness of the Australian education industry, really shooting themselves in the foot here…

Other replies were far more extreme, with many students considering other overseas education options already.

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Translation: I”ll probably do my masters in England then

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Translation: As I transfer to Canada, I tearfully wave farewell to Australia

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As major Australian newspapers confirmed the speculation and that fees will likely rise by 25%, Chinese social media groups such as JuAo catches on.

I asked Chinese international students around me if they think it’ll affect them.

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Translation: Yes it will affect me, well at least I’m going to persuade my sister not to come. Originally I was hoping she’d come when over once she got a bit older, but she might as well go to Canada now. Australia’s living costs are quickly catching to England, which I am also fond

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Translation: Well, I don’t really want to stay in Australia anymore

There will likely be more negative press in regards to fee rises within the overseas Chinese social media circle. Sydney Today and Melbourne Today, the two biggest Chinese social media publications are still discussing foreign investment choices and have yet to comment on this matter.