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This poem appeared on the Internet and gone viral, popping up on thousands of blogs and Web sites, in both English and Chinese.

   When we were the Sick Man of Asia,
We were called the Yellow Peril.
When we are billed as the next Superpower, we are called     The Threat.
When we closed our doors, you launched the Opium War to open our markets.
When we embraced free trade, you blamed us for stealing your jobs.
When we were falling apart, you marched in your troops and demanded your fair share.
When we tried to put the broken pieces back together again, Free Tibet, you screamed. It was     an Invasion!
When we tried communism, you hated us for being communist.
When we embraced capitalism, you hated us for being capitalist.
When we had a billion people, you said we were destroying the planet.
When we tried limiting our numbers, you said we abused human rights.
When we were poor, you thought we were dogs.
When we lend you cash, you blame us for your national debts.
When we build our industries, you call us polluters.
When we sell you goods, you blame us for global warming.
When we buy oil, you call it exploitation and genocide.
When you go to war for oil, you call it liberation.
When we were lost in chaos, you demanded the rule of law.
When we uphold law and order against violence, you call it a violation of human rights.
When we were silent, you said you wanted us to have free speech.
When we are silent no more, you say we are brainwashed xenophobes.
Why do you hate us so much? we asked.
No, you answered, we don't hate you.
We don't hate you either,
But do you understand us?
Of course we do, you said,
We have AFP, CNN and BBC. . . .
What do you really want from us?
Think hard first, then answer . . .
Because you only get so many chances.
Enough is Enough, Enough Hypocrisy for This One World.
We want One World, One Dream, and Peace on Earth.
This Big Blue Earth is Big Enough for all of Us.

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It's an ancient piece of pathetic propaganda from the days when the Chinese just discovered that there is more than one foreign country beyond their borders. It says nothing about these countries but a lot about the narrowness of the minds of those who go by such propaganda. In fact, this "poem" was posted here many years before, to disastrous effect.

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I have read this poem many years ago.

When I read it at the first time, I apprecited it.

Now I don't. Why? Because it doesn't provide some solutions, at least one solution to the people who suffer from discrimination as well as unfair treatments at all.  Do not harbour any hope that the ruling West will truly embarass the Chinese people and ethical Chinese with open arms.

In the contrast, Chinese nation anthem calls the people to stand up and speak up for ourselves. This is what I appreciate.

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When the CPC took power it was no longer "What do they want from us"
but instead "What do we want for ourselves".
Then the CPC defeated the western back KMT and drove them from the mainland.
Then the CPC then obtained nuclear deterrence forever saving China for the Chinese people.
Then the CPC lifted China from an economic backwater to the second largest economy in the world.
What is next for China? Perhaps the largest economy in the world and the most powerful military and the leader in advanced technology.
These seem like obtainable goals after all the previous accomplishments.
And lastly, spreading peace and stability across the globe. Something the west has never done.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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robert237 Post time: 2018-7-18 16:48
When the CPC took power it was no longer "What do they want from us"
but instead "What do we want fo ...

When the CPC took power it was no longer "What do they want from us"
but instead "What do we want for ourselves".


Indeed, Sir! You have profound understanding of Chinese history.


The ruler of Chinese late Qi Dynasty as well as KMT government could not save our nation from a semi-colonized state, only the CPC led the majority of Chinese people to liberate ourselves, our nation.


We do need to do something for ourselves, instead of begging the wishful pity from the ruling Western politicans. Begging never wins respect and dignity for ourselves from other people.




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1) Do not harbour any hope that the ruling West will truly embarass the Chinese people and ethical Chinese with open arms.

typo: embrace

2) We pose a question, and we need to have at lease solution for ourselves instead of just sitting and waiting certain saviour or deity.

Do not worry about failure. If we don't try, how do we know we will fail? Even we fail, it doesn't mean there is not other solutions. It just means that potential solution doesn't work. And we need find another ones.

If a toddler falls, will he just give up learning how to walk? Of course, no! Life is all about trials and errors.

These are what I believe.

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zhihu1 Post time: 2018-7-18 17:20
1) Do not harbour any hope that the ruling West will truly embarass the Chinese people and ethical  ...

That is a very odd typo. It looks more like a spelling error.

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