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Monday, April 21, 2008

 
How Do You Say "Stockholm Syndrome" In Mandarin?

The Associated Press reports:

Chinese-Americans rallied outside CNN's Hollywood office on Saturday to demand the firing of commentator Jack Cafferty for calling China's goods "junk" and its leaders a "bunch of goons and thugs."

I can understand the outrage at the remarks about Chinese wares. The various consumer good snafus represent a mere fraction of China's output; it would be hasty to make judgments about overall product safety based on those incidents alone.

But why should Chinese-Americans object to anyone referring to a Communist totalitarian government as a band of thugs?

Read the Wikipedia article on Human rights in the People's Republic of China and tell me why Cafferty is out of line on that count.

If that's not enough, go over to China and ask Christians and Falun Gong if that characterization is out of line. I hope you don't get arrested on some sort of anti-government speech crime charges before you have a chance to drop me an email about your experiences.

Update: Come to think of it, the Stockholm Syndrome reference works only for that segment of Chinese-Americans who actually lived in Communist China (or in Taiwan during the cold war between the two nations). Those who have never actually set foot in the PRC are something else altogether - the operative word if "clueless."

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