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What would cause someone make wide and wild accusation of China bigotry and Chinese chauvinism with little inducement? When you tried to verify the scope and evidence of the accusation, you got accused yourself.|
So what sparked Mr. Lau Guan Kim's revelation of his self-loathing?
Some Korean posted this: "I was wondering, who fears China? China has a big population, ok economy, ok technology and lots of land. We know that China made some progress in their economy, and I was wondering if anyone non-chinese like me, fear or don't fear China. I personally don't fear China at all, its some treat to Korea, my country. But Koreans can kill the Chinese, if North and South becomes one. I believe in Korea, and I do not fear the Chinese at all."
Obviously this Korean has some issues with China and Chinese. He said he does not fear the Chinese. Fair enough. And he even boasted that Koreans can kill the Chinese if the both Koreas become united.
Now let's see what this became in Mr. Lau's Freundian slip: "I can understand the feelings of a Korean who wrote he feared China, if judging by the ongoing in this Forum of the China bigots and zealots here." Mr. Lau then went on his diatribe accusing unnamed persons China bigots and Chinese chauvinism.
When he was caught making accusations based on a false premise and told so, he could even shamelessly declare that the Korean made a Freudian slip instead of admitting he himself made one: "Even as the Korean said he did not fear China, the Freudian slip here is he wrote that post out of fear of China."
It seems Freudianism is in vogue. Let me try my hand analyzing Mr. Lau for a moment.
Freud theorized the concious vs. unconcious mind. I quote:
"Freud didn't exactly invent the idea of the conscious versus unconscious mind, but he certainly was responsible for making it popular. The conscious mind is what you are aware of at any particular moment, your present perceptions, memories, thoughts, fantasies, feelings, what have you. Working closely with the conscious mind is what Freud called the preconscious, what we might today call "available memory:" anything that can easily be made conscious, the memories you are not at the moment thinking about but can readily bring to mind. Now no-one has a problem with these two layers of mind. But Freud suggested that these are the smallest parts!
"The largest part by far is the unconscious. It includes all the things that are not easily available to awareness, including many things that have their origins there, such as our drives or instincts, and things that are put there because we can't bear to look at them, such as the memories and emotions associated with trauma."
So what trauma was there in Mr. Lau's unconcious mind that made him so susceptible to accusing others China bigotry and Chinese chauvinism.
It is the self-loathing of a Singapore banana!
Many individuals gave up their culture and language. For example, people flock to the US, Canada, Australia and UK. They feel lucky starting anew in a new culture and language. Because they are often a minority, so this is the bargain.
The Singapore story is different. It is a Chinese-majority country and can easily keep the Chinese culture and language. Many of the Chinese-Singaporeans gave up or were forced to give up their own culture and language against all natural instincts.
That's the origin of the trauma.
If one could keep his own culture and language but doesn't, he lost his link to history and the meaning of life accumulated over millenniums. What he does to comfort himself is to find faults in the culture he gave up.
This is why the favoured trick of the Singapore English-speaking elite is to accuse their fellow Chinese-speaking singaporeans, and some even go further to accuse the China Chinese "Chinese chauvinism".
But the facts are all to the contrary. As former Malaysian prime minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad correctly pointed out:
"[H]istorically China had not colonized other countries. In contrast the European countries conquered and colonized Asian countries thousands of miles away from Europe. I don't think China is about to change its ways and become a colonial power."
Mr. Lau, the bastard child of European colonism, accuses peace-loving China and Chinese "Chinese chauvinism".
We need to revive Freud.