The iconic image from 20 years ago today.
As much as I want to, and try to, I have not been able to fully understand my Motherland.
I’m not sure if it’s 5000 years of angst and built up frustration (students of Chinese history will no doubt understanding) but it appears China desperately wants to be seen and accepted as an international power and is willing to achieve that goal at any cost.
Now I maybe accused of grandstanding but, through the years, as a Chinese living abroad, I’m embarrassed, horrified and sadden by some of the things I’ve seen or heard on the news: The cute girl that lipped sang during the Beijing games opening ceremony because the actual girl who sang was deemed not good enough to be presented to the world audience; Businesses who knowingly produce sub-standard and, in some cases, poisonous food/products, all in the name of money; Rural farming parents who have to resort to selling blood for a living only to contract Aids, died and left behind a hoard of orphans because the local government, corrupt in some cases, failed to offer any meaningful assistance when the agriculture industry collapsed. In all these cases, I blame the central government for a lack of vision and in focusing on the wrong priorities; a lack of political will to apply & enforce rules and regulations stringently; and a lack of regard and compassion for the people they are suppose to serve.
I am Chinese and proud of my heritage. At the same time I desperate want China to represent all the qualities our culture is known for: honour, integrity, intelligence and respect, to name a few.
It is my sincere hope that one day China will return as a truly great nation, not through superficial acts or propagandas, but through hard work, perseverance and love for its land and its people.
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