Category Archives: China

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.

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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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Chinese Lives Matter Petition Becoming Viral in the Overseas Chinese Community

UPDATE: The doctor has been confirmed as a Vietnamese American named David Dao and the petition has already exceeded 100 000 signatures.

 

United Airlines excessive use of force in the removal of an Asian American doctor from a flight has gone viral in the overseas Chinese community.

Overseas Chinese media caught on quickly about the story and went to work with headlines such as: Continue reading

Using Animal Rights As A Veil

Please note: Before you read this article, please understand that I do not condone the harm of animals in anyway.

Background

Albert Wang and Leo Zhao both Chinese international students were charged in late 2015 for an incident related to the beating of animals, here is a link to the video (NSFW). Wang was charged with community service, a fine and a ban on owning animals.

Wang’s purchase of another Husky emotionally triggered Claudia Baker to start a change.org petition to deport the offenders. At the time of writing this article the petition has already reached around 5500 signatures, quickly closing on it’s goal of 7500. I do not know why 7500 is the goal, perhaps it is Peter Dutton’s favourite number.

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Sun Yang, A Double Standard and Perhaps Sinophobia

 

There was the case of the Chinese swimmer, Sun Yang, who was labelled as a drug cheat by the Australian media. What’s more, Sun Yang was not just a drug cheat but he also labelled as a bully. Of course this flared up tensions with the Chinese people.

It’s hypocrisy for Australians to call out the Chinese from a high horse after their very own swim team admitted to doping in 2012. Also let’s look at Darren Kane’s article on double standards, which really explains the how unfair the media has been towards Sun Yang.

Perhaps Yang got off comparatively light, but he didn’t escape punishment. Consider then this conundrum: why is Yang roundly pilloried, yet Cilic can compete at the same Games in the bubble of “tranquility” (whatever that means) idealised by the IOC? Neither Cilic nor Yang were found to have doped intentionally. – Darren Kane, SMH

Kane was talking about how Cilic had taken drugs in similar circumstances to Sun, yet Sun was crucified by the media and Cilic was able to compete untarnished. Is it fair? or is it Sinophobia?

Then there’s the French Swimmer, Camille Lacourt, who also accused Sun Yang of cheating and followed it up with this tasty line:

I don’t like being beaten by a Chinese – Camille Lacourt

Of course, not all people are attacking Sun Yang are due to him being Chinese but this type of discrimination exists. As a Chinese person, I’ll say it. People think I am inferior, you can feel it, they make comments about Made in China goods and how Chinese people just copy others. It’s a sad state for Chinese cultural power, since people either don’t know that China can produce high quality products or that many of the world’s inventions were created by the Chinese, but honestly, the point is, Sinophobia exists.

Yes, the Chinese attack on Mack Horton’s instagram was wrong and childish but honestly, the comments I saw on social media. The stuff in regards to how ‘all Chinese’ are cheaters, how we have a cheating culture. That hurts you know. It’s like also though Australia conveniently forgets that one in twenty Australians have some Chinese heritage.

I mean, how can you judge the morality of 1.3 billion people over the actions of a few, even if you think Sun Yang was in the wrong?

 

Liberal Councillor Says Same Sex Marriage Leads to Bestiality

 

Liberal members have been campaigning heavily within Chinese chatrooms on the social networking application known as “WeChat”. It is has become incredibly hard to not find a Liberal member spreading their agenda. Once certain prolific member is Glen Eira City Councillor Kelvin Ho. He has recently been featured on my blog quite a few times, but recently he has gone into overdrive mode in regards to spreading his conservative and even extremist views.

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Proof that this is Calvin Ho’s WeChat account, he goes by the username, Yalichao. Same profile photo as well. Also multiple photos of himself giving speeches to the Chinese community on his ‘Moments’ (similar to a Facebook wall).

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Sam:

“I suddenly wonder … is the ultimate aim of homosexuals sex with someone of their same sex? In that case I’m sure that bestiality occurred in ancient times as well…. so… is that genetic too? So i don’t think that the ancient practice of (men) keeping toyboys in ancient times can really advance this case

 

Councillor Kelvin Ho:

“Sam, you’ve hit the nail on the head, at the moment the problem is that same sex legislation has become trendy meaning it will probably pass. Experts warn that if the legislation passes then it is likely that bestiality laws will come next, then what? Australia follows case law, which means that once a precedent has been set, then a debate can occur, which is when the real problem arises”

 

I have more of Kelvin’s conservative outlook saved, but I trust that no one really wants to hear what he says, so I will keep them safe unless people ask.