Due to my hectic schedule, this blog is on the verge of being abandoned. To keep my post brief, here is a long waited opinion that I can’t agree more:
There is a second wave of “boycotting French merchandise” in China because, you guessed it, the French president met Dalai Lama again. BBC reported that some guy posted on the discussion board of China.com, saying something like I swear with my real name that I will boycott any French merchandise for life. This is idiotic on several levels.
First, most of the Chinese don’t even know what Dalai lama looks like, let alone the history of Tibet. His photos are banned in China. I really don’t know why they find it no problem fighting such a faceless figure. Why faceless? Out of disrespect, respect, or maybe fear?
Second, Dalai Lama probably has met most of the world leaders. That guy, along with other “patriotic Chinese” really should boycott all merchandises from all the countries whose leaders met, greeted, and shook hands with Dalai Lama. That probably includes, but is not limited to, North America, most of the EU nations, Japan, and others. Ah….bummer! I guess they definitely won’t be reading my post, since it’s on the internet and cannot be accessed without using a computer which, most often than not, runs either Windows, Mac OS, or Linux, all of which are from freaking America, whose presidents and senators welcomed Dalai Lama like welcoming the Santa! All I can say is, I don’t agree with those patriotic Chinese. But I respect those who put words into real action. Good luck out there guys!
Lastly, dear leader Chairman Mao met, greeted, and shook hands with Dalai Lama before. As far as I can remember from the footage, they dined at the same table too. Also, Dalai Lama’s representatives has been negotiating with the Chinese government up until several weeks ago. If the boycotters have to put China onto the boycotting list, which I think they should, I cross my fingers and toes for their glorious crusade.
One more personal note, patriotic Chinese? Sounds more like idiotic Chinese to me.
It’s a great movie: moving story (a true story), magnificent landscape, and good acting (maybe except for Brad Pitt’s English accent. Yes, he’s playing a German who is speaking English with German accent!).
Whenever I think of Dalai Lama, I think of my 6th grade history class when I asked my teacher what does he look like. What we were (and every kid in China is now) taught is basically “Dalai Lama is an unpatriotic bastard who tries to separate China.” Okay, that sounds evil enough. But how come we can find Hilter’s photo easily while no way we can know whether Dalai Lama has the similar facial hair? Seriously, I was only curious about his facial hair then.
Now, years later, I find the irony in the Harry Potter book (yes, you just never know that one day this wizard novel might come in handy). People never use the name “Voldemort”. Instead they use “You-know-who”. The reason is obvious: they are afraid. The reason is also obvious why there are laws banning publishing Dalai Lama’s photo, or bringing his photos into Tibet. If Dalai Lama was indeed “the evil slave owner in the old Tibet”, and the Chinese Army had done nothing but “liberating all the Tibetans from suffering”, then such laws would be nonsense: do you think it necessary or even sane to pass a law saying “no Jewish family should hang a portrait of Hitler on their wall”? Duh!