I’d like to bring something to your absolute attention. If you’re planning an international getaway, and I don’t know how many of you are planning an international getaway to Hawaii or some other country outside of the U.S. border, there’s something you should know. China is out of my list of favorite places I’d like to visit. Here are the reasons why, by list. Not in any particular order, I might add.
- China is ruled by the same model of government proposed by Chairman Mao Te Sung, and it’s a Communist Big Brother style government that hates all of the below things I’m about to discuss.
- China, in all its beauty, still has censorship issues. For instance, it hates blind people who make a fool of the government, like Mr. Chen Guang-Sheng. You need to use a VPN to find any of the real deal about him in China. He escaped because he could not get freedom and justice as a blind man in China. Also, the Tiananmen Square Massacre and other subversive, or seemingly subversive crap has been wiped off the Internet. The Great Wall of Internet Censorship is in place, and all Chinese computing machines come installed, last I checked, with Green Dam Youth Escort software, malware in my opinion. This is no trick of the light, it’s real.
- China is reeducating its Uyghurs who are Muslims, all in an effort to supposedly “fight Terrorism.” But if the Uyghur population does not want to be reeducated, then by God don’t do that. They are Muslims, and they are responsible for taking Jihad out of the picture. Let them handle their own affairs, but don’t sit there and make me believe that the kindergarten classes are going to spout “I Love My Motherland” and not commit a suicide bombing tomorrow. I’m not suggesting the Uyghurs are Terrorists, but the whole idea of suicide bombings and martyrdom operations is right there in the Qur’an, but it’s up to them to decide whether to be peaceable about it and aggregate the peaceful verses over what Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls the “sword verses” or better, the “Medina verses” that are considered violent in nature. Uyghurs are a lost people, but not worth reeducating people to adore a regime, and they will fight back and get the government in lots of UN trouble indeed.
- China is complacent in dog meat distribution. I’d rather have American Chinese General Tao’s Chicken rather than the damn dog meat they are complacent in distributing in some establishments. When the Olympics came to Beijing, they sure knew how to put on a mask. There was a whole article that said the dog meat would not be served to foreign or native peoples in China especially when foreigners will be all over Beijing, but face this fact, people. I’m a dog lover, not a dog eater. I wouldn’t eat my dog even if you put a gun to my head and killed the dog for me, and told me to do it. Just … don’t.
- China hates blind people and makes up ableist excuses for itself when blind people are discriminated against. Chinese people are supposed to be friendly and gentle at all times, but do they get bigger social ratings for discriminating against disabled Chinese and foreigners alike? If I read another nightmarish account of Chinese officials telling someone they can’t see the Great Wall with friends, they should know that I won’t be going to see the Great Wall no matter how many times a friend might say, “Oh, Beth, you should see the Great Wall of China.” Now don’t get me wrong, food in China and dumplings are wonderful treats to have every so often, but I’ll pass on the going to China, having my stuff stolen and censored, and having to deal with the lack of history and the glory of the precious Chairman Mao style government, even with its capitalist aspects.
- China won’t let American tech companies be themselves, even when Hong Kong is mentioned. China has a lot of work to do in regards to respecting American tech companies and their freedom to partner or not with China. Yes, the country boasts a huge population, but is it worth partnering with China because of the things I described above? Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, and other tech execs should reconsider selling things and their services to China and Chinese national government peoples because of the Uyghur reeducation camps, the harassment of the Uyghurs, and so much of what I describe above. I think American tech and gaming companies should never partner with countries that discriminate against disabled people, are complacent in political cruelty as I’ll describe below, and puts people at risk of being harmed in factories and reeducation camps in general.
- China hates Tibetan freedoms. What will happen to Braille Without Borders over there? I hope it’s not going anywhere, but China might think to tear down the school for the blind, and they have every reason to believe the Tibetans should overtly adore the regime. Education should include critical thinking skills, something the Chinese schools lack completely. And the weird thing is, as with radicalization in islam, there is already a weird system of family association in place in the Chinese culture that allows this. And girls … let me describe this too.
- Girls are often given up to wealthy white couples. Example, Susan Brees and her husband adopted little Maya Lyn from China, which cost them thousands of dollars, and Maya’s first year was spent bound up in a Chinese orphanage, all because she was a girl. First off, her mother had to give her up because of the then strict single child policy, which the Chinese government has since probably relaxed, but this would apply in crowded cities. Lots of girls in Shanghai are aborted too, so the boys born there will not have good mates to couple with when they get older. Mrs. Brees’s adoption was just one of thousands if not millions of girls’ adoptions that takes place in China. There is a long and arduous process, which Brees described to her class in an early year of my youth. I was in the sixth grade, and Mrs. Brees was my math/science/homeroom teacher. She described the process of adopting a child from China, and then the problems could arise later on in Maya’s life. Thankfully, Brees will have told her now grown daughter about China and what she must do to do the right thing and do her own thing, it can be said she probably did. Maya is somewhere out there, and so are so many others, and there’s another example. A Chinese born blind child was adopted by a family in Minnesota, and he’s lucky he was adopted at the age of four. Little Ben Han is now learning to play piano, learning to exercise his skills in intellect, but moreover, he will have a thorough education in critical thinking and other good things, things that the Chinese simply will never get. He will learn about Chen Guang-Cheng, if he should choose to read his book. Ben will learn about the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and he will also learn about the region of Hong Kong and the protests happening now, which leads me to the next point. But more importantly, Ben will have an opinion and be brave and proud as an American citizen, and no, his mom and dad will assuredly not let him cause trouble. Wink wink. Children, especially boys in my experience, are mischievous and can raise hell if they want, but they can be fun as well.
- China lacks compassion for Democratic values, and Hong Kong is on everybody’s mind. I feel bad for my friend Ming Chung, resident of Hong Kong, and I hope he is safe. He should be able to talk to me if he wants, and his Facebook Messenger page still waves at mine but the time might come when a malware program will disable Chung’s ability to message me, the government’s server will interfere, and Mr. Chung will be put out to pasture. He currently works in Hong Kong, but will this last? If Beijing interferes with the region, there will be loads of problems.
- Social credit is a joke. Let’s imagine if Maya was in China, had been accepted by her family and not forced to leave. She would have either been told to be a good Chinese citizen or get the hell out. As a Chinese citizen, she would have never gotten the critical thinking skills Mrs. Brees so carefully taught her students at St. Teresa’s School. But furthermore, the social credit system would have caught up to the poor girl. If she gets bad ratings, who would marry her? The way it’s set up now, China rates its people from poor to excellent depending on how loyal to the Mao Big Brother the citizens are. It appears the Communist/Capitalist hybrid government seems to work, but for how long before it starts making more million man armies against us? We Americans have a lot of work to do with China in order for it to be a viable trade partner.
Those are just ten things in detail that are wrong with the region of China. China might I add, in any case, won’t let me adopt little boys like Ben, little girls like Maya was, and so on and so forth. The government bans blind parents from adopting, and even in Korea, and other parts of Asia, blindness is a factor in discriminating against potential parents. I have a friend in California and she and her husband have no choice but to adopt from the domestic foster system here at home. At least we protect blind parents, and we see value in them, not devalue them for their disabilities. The girl wants to be a mom, but she knows what she needs to do in order to get there. Her husband is kind and sensitive, not things a man is expected to be these days. My husband-to-be is very supportive of any decision either I make or we discuss. But in China, there are worse cases where I could never marry, get a real job outside of massage and have a family. There was a blind woman I read an article about in a magazine once who said her parents had signed her up to go to Australia, but she was told no because of her blindness. She was forced to take low jobs at a massage hospital of the blind, and it is no surprise there. The government does not particularly want to protect the rights and life of a blind tourist or national alike. I think tech executives should read this carefully, and consider whether partnering with Chinese companies who work with the government or selling to that market when the government is snooping on what those items contain is appropriate or proper. IF I get banned from China, who gives a flying two bits? I’ll wear that ban as a badge of honor, courage, and something more because I’m blind, angry, and sick of ableist countries doing dirty things to blind people, taking our jobs and giving them to sighted people, taking our right to be tourists and hang out with friends, taking our right to adopt, and so much more. I would be willing to do the process if China’s holier than Mao government would please open its doors and let me adopt from there. And please, no snooping on this blog unless you’re a Hon Kong pro Democratic person with a VPN. Then and only then can I extoll what it is truly like as a blind person in the United States. As for an international getaway, try Germany, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, and so many other places who tolerate difference and so on. If anything, I’d rather New Zealand give me the chance to express myself if I was tourist there, but if I became a citizen there, I would be dying in gratitude. Why? Because well, Jonathan, if you’re reading this, and I’m talking Jonathan Mosen, imagine there’s no countries. I need to read his book. I want to read his books and study more of what he thinks of patents, censors, and other crazy American ideas. I speak as an American looking through the lens of a foreigner. If a lot of international people were sitting in a room with me this moment, I’d ask, “So what do you think of us?” I’d guess they’d rather marvel at the plenty of food we have here in the U.S.A., and they would say, boy, things are different, but the British international tourists might be a bit caught off guard about the road system here. “Why do you drive on the right side of the road?” I honestly would prefer some British terminology and styles, like there’s a uniform for everything in Britain, and England particularly. And I’d love a cup of tea and cakes, but not the biggest tea fan. God, I don’t know what else to say. But on the other side of the road, well, I just hope the British learn when they visit here how to drive on the correct side of the road. We have a lot of crazy drivers in this country, and I speak from experience being the passenger in cars where people screamed at people on the road, “Drive the car!!!!!! Get where you should be and drive the car!!!!!!” Thank you to my friends in Denver for this one.
But anyway, if you’re planning an international getaway, please, stay away from China and some parts of Asia. You’d be glad you did.