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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.

 

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Chinese in Australia have setup their own safety networks due to lack of police response

For the past year the Australian Chinese community have been utilising a volunteer safe response network on the WeChat social networking application. Worried Chinese commnunity members told me that the netwrok was created due to the lack of police assistance.

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The WeChat social page is named (紧急呼救 Jinjihujiu) ‘Emergency Help’. By subscribing to the WeChat page, you are able to to then instantly apply for a volunteer group for within your state.

selfhelpcontactforthenight.jpg Everyday there are designated call takers within the group who post their contact details. Upon receiving the details of an emergency, the call taker will send the closest volunteers within the vicinity of the incident.

An administrator of the volunteer project told me that they have a total of 30 000 members within more than 800 WeChat groups nationwide. He said the the network was growing rapidly every month, as Chinese people feel that local police are not apathetic to their situation.

Jobhunting in China as a westernised Asian and why it’s a societal issue

”一等洋人二等官, 三等少民 四等汉”

“Whites first, officials second, minorities third, Han fourth” a saying used to describe the unfairness within modern Chinese society soon became reality for me.

I had my reasons to leave Australia and it was mostly to do with the bamboo ceiling.  I fathomed I could take a paycut if it meant competing on equal ground. The theory about the ceiling is all out there writing but in my last few part times jobs I’ve had, I could actually feel it as well, Asian colleagues who had not been promoted due to ‘lack of leadership’ reasons.

Since I was able to read, write and speak Chinese Mandarin fluent enough to even masquerade as a native, I thought I would also have an upper hand in competing for jobs against other foreigners. Sadly, I could not have been more wrong.

One such case when I applied for a copywriter position, which advertised a nice 25k per month salary (55k AUD per annum). They handed me an assessment and small interview. Everything went smoothly but for some reason they had yet to contact me so I took the initiative.

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Found this quite odd, considering I told him I was a native speaker…

I proceeded to call ‘Leon’ and he explained to me that it was not his fault but the company wanted a Caucasian copywriter only in name, he had to show up at board meetings as well as a ‘foreign expert’. He told me that the company felt like it would give a good impression for investors as well.

Fair enough so I went on my way to apply for more jobs, as this was just my first setback. That’s when history began to repeat itself. One such time was when I showed up in Haidian, Beijing for a job interview, they were surprised that I was Asian. I mean, they should’ve seen my Chinese last name on my resume but anyway I just went along with it, explaining that I was born in Australia. They, however, said sorry that they filled up their foreigner quota for the company recently. Which is odd, since the next guy they interviewed was a White guy…I guess he could’ve been born and raised in China?

Eventually I stopped speaking Chinese in interviews altogether, I found it to be a handicap. The interviewers were very gracious and treated me very well when I only spoke English, but as soon as I switched to Chinese, the tone changed to something much more assertive. By only speaking English in interviews, I eventually was offered jobs. There you have it, the trick for me to finding a job in China, was to not speak Chinese during interviews.


Still, I was restless and unhappy about the status quo I wanted to find out why this was happening. I never wanted to teach English, but I knew that it was probably the biggest industry for foreigners in China so I went out to interview a recruiter.

I hit up one of the English recruiter agents for an interview. She worked as a recruiter for Renmin University’s affiliated highschool and knew the innerworkings of the industry.

“It really is like this in this industry, they only care about skin colour and nationality. Actually they only care about the skin colour. And…Russians even get a chance to teach English instead of the people from America but his parents are Asian. Within the current situation there both positives and negatives, as many people will look at them with certain expectations, feeling that White people really are privileged.”

I made friends with some local Chinese teaching English in China. The gulf was even larger for them. Yes, they could get hired but one person told me he was working up to 40+ hours a week with no leave, whilst his White colleague worked only around 10 hours. Respectively he earned around 8k RMB a month and his colleague earned 22k RMB a month. He said

“They used the foreigners’ face to get customers but use our labour to teach the children”.

He felt like it was not really the companies fault but more the parents. They associate the English language and quality with White skin so therefore all want White teachers.

To be honest, I felt bad after interviewing him, that he knew that he was being shafted but could not do much about it. If he had not told me he was born in China, I would have thought he was Asian American, his accent was impeccable. Alas, the deepseated societal issues of White worship still nestles deep within Chinese society.

Whites first.

 

 

Anti-LGBTI fliers being handed out at Liberal MP Michael Sukkar’s safe schools information event for the Chinese community.

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An information session on the safe schools program targetting the Chinese community was held today at the Melbourne headquarters of the Liberal Party. It was organised by ex-Hotham candidate George Hua and featured Deakin MP Michael Sukkar as the main guest speaker. The Event titled “Do you support sex ed being taught to your children earlier? Australia’s “Safe Schools Program” is it safe?” and was touted as being a purely informational event.

This event had been advertised through various Chinese media groups such as AusFocus and HighFun media, whose target audiences are generally first generation Chinese migrants.

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It is likely the information could biased judging from the flyer pictured above, that were being handed out at the event. Dan Xie, whose contact details are on the fliers, had already told The Age last year that he was protecting Chinese culture.

Since I am of Chinese background, I decided to try and contact Mr Xie, on how he could claim to be representing the culture of over a billion very diverse people. Sadly, I could not reach Mr Xie through phone nor the WeChat. If he does reply, I will update it here with his response.

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The Chinese flyer is written differently from the English version.

Have you heard of the Safe Schools Program?

The Safe Schools program educates children by teaching them to act like homosexuals and bisexuals, so that they will conform to new age ideas of gender, by letting student select which uniform and bathroom they wish to use.

The curriculum is setup like this: lesson one [Creating a safe space] (Page 10); lesson two [Same Sex Experiences] (pages 10-11); lesson three[Bisexual Experiences] (pages 11-12); lesson four [Transgender Experiences] (pages 12-13); lesson five [Intersex Experiences].

This is to indoctrinate children about the diversity of sexuality, schools will encourage children to see homosexuality and other orientations as equal so that they will experiment, experience and choose out of their own accord.

Please sign this national petition! New South Wales have already reached 17000 signatories, Victoria has already more than 5000.

Oppose [Safe Schools Program] curriculum’s indoctrination of children into new trendy sexualities!

Oppose the indoctrination of children with the concept of sexual diversity!

Protect the basic rights of parents and children’s futures!

 

 

 

Refugees still the big issue for first generation Australian Chinese voters; due to profiteering WeChat media

 

Various Chinese social media companies have been misleading and sometimes directly lying to their readers for views. The fake news is most dangerous in that many of the readers are first generation Chinese migrants, who are on permant residency visas or have just recently attained citizenship.  This means they either prefer media in their native tongue or are constrained by language barriers, forcing them to read social media for their news.

Here is a recent example of misleading WeChat news, in regards to the government’s decision to compensate refugees, who suffered harm under detainment, with $70 million AUD.

AuWe News (澳洲微报),  published an article filled with misleading information about refugees.

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“Bad News! 1905 refugees have sued the Australian Government! Each getting 150 thousand in compensation! Paid by Australian taxpayers!”

AuWe News media’s article misleads the reader by instead of just reporting the news, they go down to the  depths of all the benefits and welfare that refugees can claim. Implying as though that refugees are coming to Australia to freeload on welfare benefits. Such as saying that Centrelink can pay each refugee up to $1600 a month.

Other WeChat publications have also published equally misleading information regarding refugees. Australian Web (澳洲网)such as their article which illustrates that somehow Permanent Residents (PRs) are in competition directly with refugees for government resources.

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”This really hurts! The Australian government treat refugees far better than PR holders! Compensation illegal refugees 70 million! Each person 150 thousand!

 

Many readers were infuriated by the news and subequently shared the articles.

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“This where all the tax goes. No wonder utility fees are rising.”

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“The Australian government is on a dangerous path (Chinese idiom: riding a tiger they cannot dismount from)”

Soon, enough more and more people joined the mob and launched into comments section. The top rated comment being extremely violent:

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This stupid cunt government should have died a long time ago! Politicians should let the refugees live in their homes! Fuck :cleaveremotesx3

The second most liked the commentor thinks that refugees have easier lives than Australian citizens

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“This just shows that being a citizen isn’t as good as being a refugee! The Australian government does not welcome educated people who come by plane with money, they are more welcoming to people who come here on boat without any warning, as long as you get here you wont go back empty handed! Now you’ve given them money, this will become an advertisement for more illegal refugees. Just need to wait for two years, don’t need to work, just stay put, then you can be compensated the ten times the earnings of actual locals. The Australian government has already decided the future and quality of our citizens.

This shows the dangerous effect this types of media has had on first generation migrants, convincing them to think that refugees and asylum seekers are all coming here to reap the benefits welfare, without telling about the dangers they face back home.

Also an important note is that these types of comments can be found all across the internet on right wing news pages, so this should only be taken as an illustration of the effects of misleading social media news.

The Australian government needs to have a way to combat the rise of various right wing social media pages promoting hate and divide within the Chinese community.

Liberal Party Using New Dirty Tactics to Convert Chinese Community Against Safe Schools

While browsing WeChat, I spotted a social media post related to Safe Schools by Chinese Liberal Association leader, Kelvin Ho. I have covered former Councillor Ho before on his homophobic views, where he used a slippery slope argument to equate homosexuality with bestiality.

First part of the post was just a simple screenshot of his iPhone Notes, detailing an event. IMG_2336

Second part of the post was a link to sign up to the event which is related to Safe Schools. You can find it here, . The event is an ”Afternoon Tea Information Session with Liberal party members” with regards to a dicussion about Safe Schools.

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The event will be held on Sunday, 25th of June at the Victorian Liberal HQ in the Melbourne CBD, free entry. Official title of the the event is

“Do you support sex ed being taught to your children earlier? Australia’s “Safe Schools Program” is it “safe”?

Michael Sukkar – Member for Deakin

A notable guest is the now infamous Michael Sukkar MP, currently under investigation for contempt of the court. Mr Sukkar has spoken out against safe school legislation in the past.

“…the Safe Schools Coalition’s radical sex education program exposes Victorian children to very dangerous ideas, practices, and materials.” – Michael Sukkar (source: Facebook)

Karina Okotel, a former candidate, who according to this survey is also against safe schools will also be attending.

This event was done in close conjunction with the Chinese Liberals Association in Victoria, whose Chairman is the aforementioned Kelvin Ho. One of their senior members, George Hua, will be a main organiser.


Can a information session really be fair, when most of the speakers have a history opposing the Safe Schools program?

 

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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