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Monday, October 17, 2011

Occupy Taipei?

Read "Occupy Taipei"

Apparently there were 300 protesters in Taipei that were free to have an "open air discussion" about the gap between the rich and poor in Taiwan. I have to admit, I was pretty surprised by that. I know that Taiwan is a heck of a lot freer than China when it comes to stuff like that, but I was still surprised that it took place with little/no incident. "China Digital Times" is a pretty good newspaper - I'd recommend it!

Another Monk Sets Himself On Fire

This is a pretty serious issue in China today. It's become serious enough that most foreigners are not allowed to visit Tibet at this time as well as parts of Xinjiang and Sichuan. Xinjiang and Tibet are especially touchy parts of China when it comes to tensions between the local and Beijing government. In the newspapers, it's been cooked down to a "resentment of Chinese rule"....yes, but that's a really cold and unemotional phrase.

Many of the people in those regions feel that Beijing is forcing Han Chinese culture down their throat - making them celebrate the CPC, speak Mandarin, and things of that nature. They feel as if the CPC is trying to take away their culture - and to some extent, they're right. Although they are "autonomous regions," the Party still has the final word. Now, the government is relocating some Han Chinese people to go and work in these regions, and when the time comes for those Han Chinese to find a job - they are 99% guaranteed to get it over the local people who have been needing a job for a really long time.

I wish I had more time to elaborate, but I gotta go to a job interview - be back tomorrow for a better and longer post!

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