Just days after my article, “The Chinese ‘Lunacy”, was submitted for publication in Passion Times’ English edition, an article similar in tone to the one written by Yuan Ren and appeared at The Guardian was published on the ABC News site and subsequently referenced in an article on the SBS news site. Both ABC and SBS are publicly funded national broadcasting media in Australia. This particular article by Cecily Huang, an ABC foreign correspondent in Beijing, wrote that the supposedly “Chinese” style of Lunar New Year celebration is unrecognizable to her and her compatriots from northern and eastern parts of China, suggesting that this Cantonese style is a “perversion” and should be substituted by how her own people celebrate it.
In “The Chinese ‘Lunacy’”, I have stated that such rhetoric is not some isolated incident but an emerging trend where the Chinese are not content with just showing its claws but are itching to use it. These seemingly innocent pieces of writing are but a ploy for the Chinese, especially those in the north of their country, to create a cultural hegemony where they and they alone can define what is “Chinese” (I use the word in cultural terms and not politically, socially or ethnically), eradicating everything else that doesn’t and won’t fit in their worldview.
Recently in Hong Kong, an incident occurred that has nothing to do with the celebration of Lunar New Year but does demonstrate this ideology of ethnocentrism amongst the Chinese. A male high school student, allegedly suffering from autism spectrum disorder, was framed for theft by a middle-aged woman who spoke Cantonese with a heavy Mandarin accent, after the said student had supposedly hit her anti-Falun Gong banner illegally placed on a street corner in Sham Shui Po. Without conducting a proper inquiry into the matter, the cops immediately proceeded to arrest the student, scaring the boy to the point that he was screaming with fear. The cops then decided to manhandle the student onto a nearby vehicle. It is common Hong Kong cops to automatically show bias towards anyone with links to China or who support the communist regime, as is the case of this woman with her anti-Falun Gong leanings. Luckily for the student, a group of Hong Kongers of South Asian descent came to his rescue, declaring the boy innocent of theft and condemning the woman firstly for framing and bullying a kid and secondly for illegally placing banners on the streets. The South Asian Hong Konger, speaking in fluent and much less accented Cantonese, engaged in an argument with the middle-aged Chinese woman, hoping to publicly shaming her for harassing a high school student, when the woman retaliated by demanding to know where he came from. The South Asian Hong Konger declared himself a Hong Konger who has been living in Hong Kong for 50 years, to which the woman responded by declaring that she has been in Hong Kong for 100 years (she doesn’t look anywhere close to being 100) and that she is the one who is truly Chinese, thereby suggesting that she has all the right to do as she pleases and it is not his place to stop her.
The incident has been brought to the attention of Dr. Hon. Cheng Chung Tai, Civic Passion’s LegCo member. He has since submitted an open letter to the Chief of Hong Kong Police demanding an explanation on the rough handling of a teenage boy by the cops involved. What this confrontation has demonstrated is that these Chinese love to wave their identity around like Monopoly’s get-out-of-jail-free card, as if being Chinese makes them superior and not liable to being held responsible for any untoward actions. Moreover, they hold the belief that Hong Kong is theirs and theirs alone, denying people from different ethnic and national backgrounds from being a Hong Konger also. For instance, more than several pro-China members of LegCo have erroneously equated “Hong Konger” with “Chinese ethnicity”, denying the right of other people from calling themselves Hong Kongers simply for not being of Chinese descent. This is consistent with the tendency for Chinese to erase anything not fitting in their narrow worldview and their ploy to establish a Chinese hegemony.
Of course, the Chinese bid for being a hegemonic power isn’t confined to its own political jurisdiction. In his recently published book “Silent Invasion” (which almost didn’t make it to the shelves because of Chinese political oppression), Clive Hamilton, an Australian scholar in public ethics, noted that the Chinese are extending their desire for hegemony into Australia, using fear and appeals to Chinese nationalism to “persuade” the Chinese population within Australian to infiltrate, coerce and corrupt Australian society at every level. The article which I began with in this article does demonstrate this truth, since an article calling for the cleansing of the Cantonese culture making its way to publication by a publicly funded national broadcasting media in Australia may suggest that China’s sympathisers have already infiltrated Western society at every level, from schools to public media. What is happening in Australia is happening worldwide but first and foremost in countries seen as “the weakest links”, such as Australia and New Zealand in the West, easily corruptible African nations and socialist states in the South American continent.
I cannot help but be reminded of the story plot in “Captain America: Winter Soldier”, where even S.H.I.E.L.D. was completely infiltrated by Hydra agents. In our world of reality, the signal has been activated by China for its agents to step “out of the shadows and into the light”.
Anyone who purports to fight for justice and freedom should be ready to assemble.
As Agent Coulson from S.H.I.E.L.D. would say:
“It’s time to suit up.”