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About Tyrone

I have a BA in Politics, as if that matters...but otherwise I'm just sitting here looking at some maps. Yes, I love maps and especially historical maps. Otherwise, I am just another human being.

Ellen’s Bar, Where A Language Barrier is used to Give Free Drinks to Foreigners

Ellen’s Bar, which is situated on Guangzhou Road, Nanjing in close proximity of many universities, so you can imagine there would be quite a few foreign customers. What made Ellen’s discriminatory policy so interesting, was that it relied solely on a language barrier.

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Here’s a photo of the sign at the front counter of the bar. It says:

Dear friends:

Free beer and whisky coke everyday up to 10:00pm

But this is where the problem begins. Silly old me, Australian born Chinese went to order a free beer. They refused to give it to me. They asked how I knew that they would give out free alcohol before 10pm. I said it’s right there on the counter in English. The bartender was perplexed, I could read the sign. He still refused to give me the drinks. I told him, that I was going to call the authorities if he didn’t, as he is discriminating against me, thinking I could not comprehend English. Anyway, I eventually got the drinks and he was noticeably peeved off.

Pretty much, their free drink policy for foreigners, was based on the hopes of Chinese people not being able to read the sign at their counter. Which sounds crazy, considering that Nanjing University is right next door and it is one of the premier insitutes of education in China, how could no other Chinese have noticed this sign?

What was really infuriating, was I noticed that all the Chinese customers, were taking out notes and their phone to pay for the actual drinks. This meant the owner of the bar was using Chinese money to stay afloat so foreigners could get free drinks.


I’m no stranger to the Chinese nightlife scene in terms of discriminatory pricing, it’s been an ongoing issue for probably longer than I’ve been alive. Where Caucasians generally get free entry, free drinks and free tables just based on their skin colour. It’s also hard to argue against, as everytime you do, there’ll be some crazy white supremacist types, who will defend it at all costs.

Sometimes it even includes weird interpretations of supply side economics, such at this example on Reddit. An expat asked for examples racism towards foreigners, and when he was hit with only examples of racism towards local Taiwanese, this gem of bad economics popped out.

Doesn’t sound like racism, sounds more like they’re trying to attract foreigners. If we’re thinking of the same Club Box, women get in for almost half price. That’s targeting demographics. Literally everything you described is targeting demographics, from higher salary (which you really should’ve negotiated) to lower entry fee.

But anyway, please boycott future establishments that dabble in such discriminatory policies.

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Lin Shan Ju – Homophobic Taiwanese White Supremacist and Ex-Candidate of the One Nation Party

Lin Shan Ju is definitely one of the most perplexing human beings to exist. Lin was apparently born in Taipei, and migrated to Australia. In terms of her career accolades they include:

  • Candidate for Katter’s Australian Party, a party with strong protectionist and Christian roots
  • Candidate for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, a party famous for being anti-Asian, anti-Muslim and anti-multiculturalism. Lin was actually kicked from the One Nation Party, for being even too extreme for them. Her comments against the LGBTI community was just too much for even the posterchild party of bigotry in Australia.
  • President of the World Harmony Society, which makes little sense, as she herself is strongly against China who make up a large chunk of the world’s population.

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Four Corners, Fairfax and Nick McKenzie, A Story of Biased Reporting

I wasn’t originally going to share it here. The reason was because Nick McKenzie contacted me from the recommendations of a friend, I did not want to hurt my friend’s relationship with him.

Sadly, Nick McKenzie’s biased reporting has gone too far, it is now starting to hurt the Chinese community at large. Recently when I was talking to some Chinese student association representatives, one of them cited how she was afraid to speak. She felt like she would be branded as more than she was. It’s got to the point of a red scare.

Jieh-Yung Lo, a Chinese community leader and activist outlines it well in his recent opinion piece on the Guardian.

…the concern I have is that this story will paint a picture that all current and future Chinese-Australians will behave like Huang Xiangmo and Chau Chak Wing if they decide to get involved in Australian politics.

What evolved from a story of investigation into foreign donations, a justified cause, has become a sweeping attack on the Chinese community as a whole. With so called mind reading ‘foreign experts’ like Merriden Varrall putting words into the mouths of 1.3 billion Chinese people, like she did in her AFR opinion piece.


About nearly two months ago, Nick McKenzie gave me a call. Claiming to be a investigative journalist from Four Corners, doing work on a report about Chinese Soft Power. The phone call did not go well as Mr McKenzie had already made up his mind on how the story would be told. Nick McKenzie had written the story beforehand, now he was merely filling in the blank spots with cherry picked evidence.

He thought I would know Taiwanese student associations and how they were being influenced and perhaps strongarmed by the Chinese government or Chinese students under government orders. I told him it was much more likely to be the opposite scenario, as I had been part of a Taiwanese student association, in which the local Taiwan diplomat even had a daughter in the group. I even remember a time where we had to make an entourage to welcome a Taiwanese delegate. I also remembered when Taiwanese students would bully Mainland students for not following Taiwanese independence ideology.

Of course, as we all remember, in his now infamous Four Corner’s piece, he paints the picture of a Chinese student association as some type of Red Guards club. Flurrying red Chinese flags and yelling ‘China’ like crazed Communist zealots. You see, despite what I told Mr McKenzie, on how Asian student associations at university all seem to have a level of government influence, he still went forward with his own narrative. He wanted to paint the Chinese community, the Australian Chinese people as the new eastern bogeyman. He wanted this big scoop of a story, he wanted his smug mug to be the one breaking the story of sneaky orientals.


Just looking at the banner of the Fairfax owned Sydney Morning Herald’s interactive page on ‘China’s Operation Australia’ you could feel the orientalist perspective they were taking. A big Chinese flag, adorned with revolving Australian bank notes and South China Sea maps. Like it was a big conspiracy and that any moment now the hourglass would break and the communists would pour into Australia. It even has 5 White journalists credited just below, legitimising it as true White Australian news. Now, this is how you construct a yellow peril.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am all for cutting out all foreign influences from Australian politics, but why does Fairfax, who so readily advertises themselves  as independent journalism have to resort to such fearmongering tactics? This is not hitting back at the Chinese government, this is illustrating a image of Communist mongoloid hordes ready to take over Australia. The sneaky Chinaman and his nefarious plans to take over the mighty Western nation, thwarted by brave, shiny, white and chivalrous Nick McKenzie and co. Maybe Fairfax should get into writing some 1950’s comics, they already seem to have employed a time travelling orentialist artist as a web designer.


Come on, this should not even have to be said. Chinese people are people. Chinese people are individuals. We can think for ourselves. We aren’t easily brainwashed drones.  In the future just treat us as humans.

 

 

 

The Weird Sight of Engagement Jewellery Advertisements in Asia That Only Feature White Men

Being Australian born and Asian you just become desensitized to all the racist advertising and media that surrounds you. On television you see the usual Ken Jeong archetypes, delving to the lowest stereotypes for money and laughs. Media rarely featured Asian men and if it it’d be one of those Ken Jeong/William Hung types selling themselves and their communities out. You just eventually accept it, that as an Asian guy, you can only ever be the joke. If you speak out against it, well then you’re going to get the sensitive tag applied on you instantly, for not being able to ‘take a joke’. Hell, even when I went to eat some Vietnamese food once in Australia, I still had to see some stupid logos depicting a slit eyed Asian man with a strawhat.

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Racist Chinese WeChat Articles Goes Viral, With Elements of White Supremacy

Before you read this article, you should note that the writer exhibits extreme factors of racial inferiority and white worshipping and does not represent the mindset of all Chinese people. This is the equivalent of Breitbart and Stormfront type posts in the West and the people commenting and writing this stuff do not represent all 1.3 billion people in China. Please do not use racism to fight racism. 

A Chinese WeChat Media page recently posted a racially charged article against migrants of African descent.

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An Example of Taiwanese Soft Power and Bullying Within a Student Society

Yi was the president of a local Taiwanese student association at one of New Zealand’s universities. They were making preparations for an University night market, in which the members of the society were encouraged to dress up in their respective culture’s clothing. Yi the week before the night market contacted the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Auckland stating clearly that they needed traditional Chinese attire for the event. The Auckland office happily obliged and said they would deliver it to them on the day of the devent.

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Why The NY Time’s Title of ‘Goddess Ivanka’ Is Misleading

A week ago the New York Times published an article detailing the use of the word ‘Goddess’ by Chinese people to describe Ivanka Trump.

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What’s worse is that this story became incredibly popular and soon everyone in the western media started sharing it. The story was re-used by sites like Medium, Yahoo and MSN soon after.

The story is incredibly misleading as it pushes a strong emphasis on the word ‘goddess’ without explaining the cultural context. They also fail explain that Mrs Wang, the Ivanka fan in the article, is no different from a fan of any other idol celebrity in China.

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The Occupy Movements in Taiwan Which Western Media Refuses to Cover

This is a short overview of the various occupy movements that have occupied and protested peacefully outside the Taiwanese parliament that have received little to not coverage from the western media, especially when compared to the anti-Chinese Sunflower movement.

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An assortment of retired police officers and firefighters who are protesting against the substantial pension cuts that President Tsai Ing-Wen are trying to push through. Over 100 000 people marches against Tsai’s government in March.

They are named after the 800 soldiers who famously defended the Sihang Warehouse against overwhelming Japanese forces in World War 2.

Taiwanese Indigenous Groups

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Taiwanese indigenous  people led by community leaders such as Mayaw Biho and Panai fighting for the land rights of their people. Many natives were evicted from their homes during the Japanese occupation and have yet to regain these sacred land, the indigenous people want Tsai to stop talking with her mouth and to take action instead by returning this land.

Permanent Peace and Development Association
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A group looking to reform the Republic of China’s consitution through ideas such as electoral reform as well as changing the 92 consensus. They ultimately want to pursue a goal of ‘permanent peace’ by re-uniting or adhering to more to the mainland. Much of their ideology is based on PRC Xi’s call to for global unity.  They hope to make Taiwan a shining example of liberalism and spread it to the mainland after uniting.