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My China Trip - Day 22, Part 4 我的中国之行-第22天,第4部分    

By Barry Pittman
6620 Views | 49 Comments | 1/16/2015 1:10:32 PM
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#2015-04-27 12:55:30 by belle777 @belle777

Hi Barry, thank you for you good wish, I wish you all the best too
Pollution is a very hot topic here in China, the media are discussing and talking a lot everyday about it, from your articles, it seems that Tina lives in a serious polluted area, then why she doesn't like to talk about it? this is something would concern about her and her daughter's health, we are breathing the air everyday and drink the water everyday, anyway, don't get me wrong, I believe she doesn't like to talk about it, and what I said above is just what I thought.
Can I ask, what kind of thing does Tina like to talk about? normally I talked with my potential boyfriend almost everything, we don't have any limit on the topics, he is welcomed to talk with me about anything, in this way, he learnt something about my country and I learnt something about his country. In order to improve my English, sometimes I would read the news from the western news website, and it is very interesting that the western media sometimes may misinterpret China, in the way they like.
I know you may not have a future with Tina, but for every serious relationship we would hope that will be our everlasting relationship, so did you ever discuss with Tina about your future plan with her? such as you will move to China to live with her or she and her daughter will move to Australia? what kind of job will you or she do in China or Australia?
As I read some comments here before, It seems that you have met several ladies when you traveled to China, I think it would be very nice of you, if you can share with us your experiences with China women, that would be an interesting topic too, some comments on your articles may be a bit harsh, but everyone has the right to speak out what they really think and that is the magic of this forum that we can read the view points from different perspectives by different people.

#2015-04-27 14:22:05 by paulfox1 @paulfox1

@john abbot

It's been a long time since I used this phrase, but 'Hear Hear!" to everything you have posted here in response to Barry and Co

I will refrain from writing my own response for now since I am currently writing a blog that kind of encompasses many topics touched on here, although in a different way to Barry

But in short, once again John has got this 100% correct on all levels.
I have been living in China only for a few short months, but I see the 'good and bad' on a daily basis, and the good far outweighs the bad

Keep your eye out for the forthcoming blog "Foreigners in China"

#2015-04-27 14:33:19 by Barry1 @Barry1

@melcyan

"Many people in the West, when it comes time to vote, despair at the choices they have to make"

Spot on Melcyan. I fully agree with you. How can one make a morally correct choice between Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber, as is so often the case?

Thanks for sharing the video about Eric Li. I'm watching it now and he certainly provides plenty of food for thought.

Cheers mate. (muscle)

#2015-04-27 19:40:31 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

@Barry1

"Unless I'm missing something here? Something I've misread or misinterpreted, but your words on this point are clear. So I remain puzzled as to why you'd write them?"

Well yes Barry, I think you are missing something here. You keep harping on a litany of issues in China that need to be corrected, and yes it is the job of the Government of China to address them.

But what you seem to be missing is that while the many complaints about China that you raise have been going on now for at least decades, some for centuries and a few possibly forever, the current Government of China under Xi Jinping came to power slightly more than 2 years ago. And on the day that this government came to power China experienced a shift of government policy, focus and action taking of monumental proportions. There has not been such an incredible change in China since at least the coming into power of Deng Xiaoping in 1978, and perhaps not since the Communists assumed control of China under Mao.

Perhaps this government hasn't corrected all the flaws China has suffered since time began, but that hardly warrants criticism of them as a government when so far they have been correcting problems, and seem hell bent intent to continue correcting them, at a pace that puts all Western governments to shame.

It's okay to continue to remind Chinese people and even remind their government of things in China that might be improved, but the specific criticism you leveled at a this government that:

"The Chinese government seemed obsessed with development at all costs."

is truly in stark denial of a reality that is obvious to anyone paying the least attention to what is going on in China. Nobody who has an eye on China at all can possibly contend that the government of Xi Jinping is remotely obsessed with development at all cost. Quite the opposite.

This particular government, more than any other government currently in power anywhere in the world, is (in my opinion at least) deserving of high praise for the speed at which they are changing all aspects of their country and their people to the good. China has been blessed with this government and the vast majority of Chinese people are well aware of it. They really are not inclined to happily accept criticism of their government from an unknowing foreigner when that criticism is so clearly unfounded. And I don't blame them.

Barry, you like to go around "hitting nerves" in your blogs, and in this case you have hit one indeed. By your own standards, you have succeeded with your goal of not boring people and of getting a reaction, be it good or bad. So on that basis, congrats. (clap)

However, I must say that in the case of this blog, you have likely not made many Chinese friends. (punch)

Regarding Tina's reluctance to discuss these issues with you, that is clearly her right, and I agree that it hardly detracts from her overall great qualities that have drawn you close to her. Nothing I said was meant as criticism of Tina. Based on everything you've said in your blogs I believe her to be a first class human being, and that hasn't changed one iota.

#2015-04-27 20:51:01 by Barry1 @Barry1

@olayoil

"相反西方的发展,他的进程也是有原罪的,基本原始资本积累手段就是从 掠夺、贩奴、贩毒、矿产、石油、商路或航路上的要地等等..."



感谢你有趣的评论。

相信你是个深沉的思考者,我想知道全球金融危机与中国巨大的污染问题在中国如何?当然我知道,西方国家在过去造成了很多重大环境错误以及错误判断,但是这并不是中国重蹈覆辙的理由。

由此可见,你是一个头脑敏锐的思考者以及富有爱心的人,但请不要理所当然的认为没问题,中国可以做,或者环境问题这根本就是个小问题。我们需要认识到真实状况——现实。它有一个美好前景,但是政府需要谨慎行事,不是现在,而是未来。我相信你同意这一点。

#2015-04-28 08:54:41 by HZDX6167 @HZDX6167

哈,楼上的总算说了点靠谱的。中国的环境污染的确不能归咎于其他任何一个国家,别人做的不好,不等于我们自己也可以做的不好。今天中国的问题,需要每一个国人自省。今年的世界粮食博览会,中国这边基本无人问津,挨着中国的韩国、台湾等周边国家却是咨询订购的人很多,这足以让我们国人有一个深刻的反省。

#2015-04-28 08:56:43 by paulfox1 @paulfox1

@JohnAbbot @Barry1 and others

On Friday May 1st a new Mitigation/Litigation law reform happens in China.
In a nutshell, it gives the man-in-the-street the opportunity to sue the government if he so chooses

The law has been around for a long time but in essence, currently, if you want to sue a government department you need to apply to the local court. You can proceed only IF the court accepts the case and given that courts are under the control of local government, cases being accepted by the courts were few indeed

The amendment that comes into effect on Friday is to have the effect of making courts independent. Courts will be able to accept far more cases where the 'ordinary man' has a grievance against the government or government department..

This will have 2 immediate effects on society. The first one is a feeling that once again Xi Jinpings government is doing something positive to assist Chinese citizens - especially those who have had 'issues' with any governmental department

The second issue is to once again stamp out any corruption issues in local government departments. By allowing the courts themselves to decide if a case has merits, potential law suits that have been 'swept under the carpet' by officials leaning on the courts, will be able to proceed.

#2015-04-28 13:29:52 by Barry1 @Barry1

@JohnAbbot

"You keep harping on a litany of issues in China that need to be corrected..."

Thanks John for your comments, even though not all of them are absolutely one hundred per cent correct. But no matter, I enjoyed reading them.

For example, you suggest that I'm "harping on" about a lot of China's problems, but isn't this better than doing nothing, saying nothing, just rolling over like a mongrel dog in front of a grizzly bear? I put it to you that it's only by the apathy or inaction of decent people that can allow negativity or criminality to reign.

I say thank heaven there are people like me, who despite being scorned, belittled, deprecated and disparaged by the world at large, nevertheless forge forward, gritting their teeth, steeling their flesh, ready to take on the might of the powerful broadswords, slings and arrows that ceaselessly reign down upon them from the heavens.

Being a person of noble character however, I concede your point that the current government is better in many ways than previous governments and that I may have gilded the lily a little when I glibly suggested they were obsessed with development at all costs. Point taken.

You also said,

"you like to go around "hitting nerves" in your blogs, and in this case you have hit one indeed.".

I have said this before and will say it again. I'd prefer to write nothing at all than pen what to me is vacuous deadwood that serves no real purpose except to bore everyone who reads it. Even if this means I need to sleep at night with doors and windows all tightly secured, with a freshly made out Will in case the worst of my sociopathic detractors succeeds in shutting my mouth.... permanently.

You mentioned also,

"I must say that in the case of this blog, you have likely not made many Chinese friends".

It seems I can't take a trick here! I can't win. Because in my last article, I was roundly condemned and reviled by a vocal minority of ignorant airheads for having the temerity to write about the products of normal bodily functions and how they sometimes need to be handled in cases of extreme emergency.

Then in this current, relatively innocuous article, written with the utmost good faith, you suggest that once again, my name is mud! It seems no matter what topic I dare to write about and have published, I'll be lambasted, keelhauled and tongue-lashed!

To this I say - bring it on. This mouth won't be silenced. Freedom of speech cannot be erased. Even if one or two minor points I make I concede, are occasionally slightly off-beam or incorrect, let me advise that I make no apology for writing them. I won't be the simpering mongrel dog to cower down under the intimidating jackboot of authority, no matter what oppressive intimidatory pressures are ruthlessly applied to this humble writer. I am Charlie Hebdo. I will stand strong and tall, always.

Bring it on, I say to my ever burgeoning, encircling army of detractors. I feel like the last desperate man standing at the Alamo, ringed by gladiatorial Injuns, all baying for fresh blood.

Bring it on! (punch)(punch)(punch)

#2015-04-28 13:46:05 by Barry1 @Barry1

@paulfox1

"it gives the man-in-the-street the opportunity to sue the government if he so chooses"

Thanks for the update, Paul. Interesting stuff.

One example that immediately comes to mind in this area (although it's too late now unfortunately) were the Olympic Games.

It was reported here that in order to build some of the venues, many poor Chinese were offered paltry sums for their land and houses and were summarily booted out from where they were living, sometimes for many years. I saw some of these poor people protesting against the unfairness of the it all, being interviewed on Western TV.

Wouldn't it have been good if this law had been in force back in 2008? They could conceivably have reclaimed back their houses from the local government officials who'd seized them or at the very least, been offered much more generous prices for them.

#2015-04-28 19:48:02 by Barry1 @Barry1

@HZDX6167

"中国的环境污染的确不能归咎于其他任何一个国家,别人做的不好..."

谢谢你有趣味的点评,在此可以看出你是个体贴且和善的人。我祝贺你同时也希望这里的所有人如你这般的举止得体。

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