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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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.

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.

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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.

 

 

 

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.

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