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Monday, February 16, 2004



Am I the only one who wonders why the US is stepping over itself to trade with China, (home of the Tiananmen Square Free Trade Association), but condemns the Axis of EVIL?

Tanks running over kids; oh those things happen to a DEMOCRATIC trading partner now and then, don't fret.


Life begins at Forty.

You have 10 tears to practice.


uhh, make that(Y)ears not(T)ears.


So in retrospect you must have learned something new from bringing yourself to censor news, and I hope you do, for which I was then so offended that I broadcasted an email to all the email addresses I had on hand calling them to shun Hongkong.com and each write it a letter to protest against the dirty trick. Now that the nuts and bolts of why, how and by whom it was done is brought home to us, I would say had this blog had existed then, I would have unequivocally suggested Yan to quit--not sooner or later, but at once, just as I told my younger sister to when her boss tried to bring her into the fold to tender a false company auditing report.

Power and position is there for a purpose. When you have the power in the position, you'd better think twice before you leap.

Maybe I am being mean to you but since you are going to bury your twenties tomorrow, I hope you do learn something new from it and bury the, if I may say so, darker part of your twenties.

By the way, I met students from one of the unversities in Beijing which is on the list of the big fives last year and also the year before. I don't worry about the news censorship taking place on the net in China coz it seems to me that they know quite well about what they need to know about the government from various sources (remember in early 2003 a student from Beijing Normal University was arrested for publishing "anti-government" materials on the net? Despite the arrest was covered up painstakingly, the whole campas knew about it even before the HK media covered the news). What borders me is that their world view is absolutely narrowing as the society evolves into a monolithic economic platform where every single man and woman is eyeing money, money and money. An average university student spend half of their time and, I guess, 80% of their subsistence money (it costs a student some 2000 yuens to sit in a 2 weeks class on mock TOEFL tests and whathaveyou)studying English ON TOP OF the subjects they major and minor in. How come? Better English, better job, better pay. Bearing in mind that there are classes until 9:30 at night on Christmas Eve, I don't think the students have much time to think out of the box and into higher awareness of themselves and the society. To me, that's mroe tragic than the censorship itself.

And, Yan, many happy returns of the day! I must say that you're brave to share that part of your history with us.


Blue: I would be much happy if I have only ten tears before I turn 40.

Nevin: I am so glad to hear someone protested the damn place. EEK!

As for the kids now. You sound old. Something, somewhere is always brewing. It takes a few to lead many.



I've been in China about six months now. Before I came I was a bit worried about living once again in a country where freedom of speech as it is understood in the West is not in the lexicon. Certainly it isn't on state-run TV and on the one radio station that broadcasts where I live. But it seems a good sign that the internet seems to abound in, mainly blogs, which are highly illuminating and critical of what the Chinese government gets up to. Unlike when I was in Vietnam in 2002, it doesn't feel like I've suddenly been cut off from the rest of the world in a cloud of communist propaganda. I read only English sites, and the fact that i can access all these from my little apartment in a relative backwater in Sichuan and that the government either 1) can't be bothered shutting down the very extensive network of English blogs writing both positively and critically about China or 2) simply can't control the proliferation of this network is an encouraging sign of itself I think. I wonder if this is mirrored on the Chinese language side as well?


I admire your decision to post this up and share it with the rest of the world, even though I might not see eye to eye with you on somethings.

Like, in another post you say that you don't want to be known as a "celebrity" (i.e., the personal fame) and it's your thoughts and ideas that should be made public. But I very much believe that the person behind the thoughts and ideas are equally as important. Evidently, Glutter, the person, shines through in the Glutter, the ideas.

Right, enough butt-kissing and back to imposing my autocratic views on the world. Happy B'day btw!


Happy birthday Yan!
Hope you have a fun day, I'll have a beer for you tonight (well any excuse will do! :) )
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, it's scary but I actually learn stuff occaisionally when I check this place out. Keep up the good work, and keep on livin' large!


It's a little difficult to continue any intelligent conversation when all I really want to do it thank you guys for my birthday wishes.


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