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Time for Mr Yang to face some home truths? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-5-26 11:46:43 |Display all floors
By Brian Salter ( Chinadaily.com.cn)

I was having dinner earlier this week in one of the northern suburbs of Beijing in the company of a Canadian, an American and a Scot; and not surprisingly, the topic of conversation shifted inevitably to the “clean up foreign trash" remarks made on a micro blog by CCTV presenter Yang Rui.

Mr Yang is one of the hosts of a program called Dialogue, which goes out nightly (with multiple repeats) on CCTV News – the old CCTV9, a station that is part of the Chinese government’s charm offensive to project the country in a good light around the world.

Which makes it all the more surprising given some of the remarks he came up with…

“People who can't find jobs in the US and Europe come to China to grab our money, engage in human trafficking and spread deceitful lies to encourage emigration. Foreign spies seek out Chinese girls to mask their espionage and pretend to be tourists while compiling maps and GPS data for Japan, Korea and the West," he wrote, adding that an Al Jazeera journalist recently expelled from China was a "shrill foreign @@@" and suggesting that "we should make everyone who demonizes China shut up and get out"…. and much more besides.

The post has attracted criticism from many netizens, and his comments have been reported right around the world. If Mr Yang wanted international fame, he has done a good job; but I doubt he ever would have planned it this way.

For someone in the public eye who is one of the “faces” that China uses to seduce the West, you’d think this man would have had a bit more gumption than to launch a personal tirade against foreigners in the way that he has. Quite irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the arguments he puts forward, wouldn’t you think that it might just have passed his mind - if he had stopped to think about it for a moment - that his remarks were incompatible with his high-profile role at CCTV?
I don’t know about CCTV’s policies, but in most of the work contracts I have signed up for, there has invariably been a clause saying something along the lines of “the employee must in no way embarrass the employer in either his professional or personal life.”

So this also begs the question of what has been CCTV’s private reaction to this episode, since, apart from embarrassing the program and the TV station itself, Mr Yang’s comments were also carried on his micro blog feed on the official CCTV website. A CCTV spokeswoman said: "His micro blog is a personal account. It does not represent CCTV; it was a very personal post." Hmmmm…. Wouldn’t you just have loved to be a fly on the wall in the hallowed portals of CCTV the day after this all blew up?

Of course, I am assuming here that perhaps Mr Yang might actually have given the matter some thought before posting his now infamous blog. But judging by his regular performances on Dialogue, I might be giving him a bit more credit than is due. I don’t wish to knock the man when he is down, but I was always taught that a current affairs anchor should be there to coax out of his studio guests their views on a particular topic rather than tell the guest what the right and wrong of the matter actually is.

Mr Yang’s colleague, Tian Wei (they anchor the show in turn), for me gets the balance just right. She acts as “devil’s advocate” – putting forward an opposing point of view to that given by the studio guest to tease out from him the reasoning behind his assertions. Mr Yang, on the other hand, appears much more mindful of putting his guests “in their place” and telling them in no uncertain terms when they have got it wrong!

For me the sad part of this whole unhappy episode is that not only has it undone so much of the good that the Beijing Olympics and years of quiet diplomacy has achieved, but it has also given ammunition to a whole load of people who frankly know little about what they are talking about – though this of course doesn’t stop them adding fuel to the fire.
Comments such as “Western media and Internet forums are full of racist China-bashing comments, based on lies and half-truths, with the object of spreading hatred towards China.” “The reactions to Yang Rui's comments only go to show that Westerners cannot hack it when they get a taste of their own medicine.” “Westerners think that they can bum around in China or in Asia, get money teaching English, and a girlfriend for fun, and then go home when they are done. Westerners better get over it and learn to behave themselves, or be booted out,” can now be found right across the blogosphere …

… as can the other side of the spectrum, such as “As for Yang Rui, he is boring, pompous and a legend in his own mind. And, he most certainly should be fired. If he is CCTV's liaison with expats in this country he is definitely a poor example.” “The person who should really shut up is this idiot." "At the minimum, we now know his true feelings about people who disagree with the party line, as if it wasn't obvious enough through his broadcasts.” “Want to ask, can you speak Chinese? How can someone so incoherent become a TV host...”

Poor Yang Rui. I’m almost beginning to feel sorry for the guy! He too is obviously feeling sorry for himself and has threatened to sue one American resident of Beijing who accused him of being xenophobic. His criticism was a "libel against a sincere and conscientious host who has been devoted to international cultural exchange for 13 years," Mr Yang reportedly told a Chinese newspaper.

Heavens! 13 years? And he still hasn’t learned when to keep his micro blog mouth shut?

But seriously; he does have a point. In fairness there are a lot of foreigners working in China and a large amount of them are very brash, very rude and very arrogant. Not just that, but Mr Yang was stressing the problems of illegal immigrants in China without mentioning the contributions other foreigners have made to the country. In my limited experience of Chinese people, picked up from just a year living in Beijing, the public generally holds a kind and friendly view toward foreigners. I personally couldn’t ask for a warmer reception.

But the fact is that Mr Yang has embarrassed his employer, and I wonder how many foreign experts will be so ready to appear on his show again - certainly in the near future. In England, we have an expression “to take gardening leave”**. I think the time has come for Mr Yang to look it up, if he is not familiar with the term, and take a bit of it himself.

* Brian Salter was a Radio and TV anchor working for the BBC in London and for KSA2 TV in Riyadh

** Gardening leave describes the practice whereby an employee is sent home while subject to disciplinary proceedings, when they are between projects, or when, as a result of publicity, their presence at work is considered counter-productive.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2012-05/25/content_15386809_2.htm

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Post time 2012-5-26 13:06:01 |Display all floors
This post was edited by whampoa at 2012-5-26 13:10

Well, I think what Yang Rui said is fine.

He may be a journalist, a professional but he is still an individual and is entitled to free speech and to speak his mind.

More important, he is addressing a SITUATION AND A CONCERN.  Question: is this the situation in China right now?  Are the concerns over foreigners taking advantage of innocent Chinese girls/women and China's over-friendly environment for their gains and benefits real ; foreigners planting SPIES in China to upset the government's policy and its people's trust in them ?

If you are telling me that this isn't the situation or the case in China, then fair enough Yang Rui has gone overboard.  If the contrary is true, then WHY NOT or why Yang Rui (a popular anchorman and talk show host of INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS) must be GAGGED or must be different and "toe the party line" ?

As China opens up, it will automatically attract TRASH from abroad.  This is only natural.

So, what do you call something that comes from abroad ?  "Foreign", no ?  Then, give me the right word.

As for how his employer, CCTV, should react which some think he "embarrasses" his boss?  EXCUSE ME.

CCTV responded very correctly.  Yang Rui posted in his own microblog; it is a personal matter.

Well, of course, I understand where the author (a gwei.lo) of the above post and most of the forumites here screaming their heads off are coming from - "Yang Rui is an embarrassment to his boss."  

But, think!

If you think CCTV should punish him, it would prove one thing -- your thinking.  The relationship you advocate cannot be "boss and staff", but "boss and slave".  I understand if you are a gwei.lo and think like a slave/puppy. {:soso_e113:}

For me, I absolutely support Yang Rui and I see NOTHING wrong with him championing a concern.  More importantly, he DID NOT say all foreigners are bad.  Only those TRASH AND SNAKE-HEADS, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS are distinctly his words.


Finally, I am not surprised by the reactions of most gwei.lo forumites who advocates GAG, whether snake or farty baba black sheep.  If not, the situation in Chinadaily cannot be this bad, can it ?


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Post time 2012-5-27 10:04:14 |Display all floors
Come on, let us all be honest and look at how things will turn out  .............

if Yang Rui had not attacked the Foreign thugs and snakeheads in his microblog, but the Chinese governmnet.


What do you think will happen next ?  THINK, it is easy, very easy !


He would be on his way to Beijing International Airport to board an American plane ................................. to the USA !


Today, he would be in the U S of America, enjoying its lush greenery and beautiful waterfalls !!!


Yup, that would be where Yang Rui will land and that is GUARANTEED !


Applause ! (forumites on CD forum which is made up of 99.9999% who {:soso_e114:}? ) {:soso_e128:}{:soso_e128:}



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Post time 2012-5-27 11:00:43 |Display all floors
CCTV actually needs more people like Yang Rui, well more refined speaking ones, who speak honestly about Chinese affairs, you know the world is blaming China for being non transparent, so lets give them some transparency, CCTV9 needs a little upgrade in the propaganda department, the shows on it are way too dull, and it was never going to attract a wide foreign audience compared to Al Jazeera anyways. It's good to learn from the best, and CCTV9 as a news network is just bad, very bad, Yang Rui programs are always one of the bright spot in an otherwise pointless uninformative news channel.

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Post time 2012-5-28 10:58:33 |Display all floors
whampoa Post time: 2012-5-26 13:06
Well, I think what Yang Rui said is fine.

He may be a journalist, a professional but he is still a ...

What you think is false.

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Post time 2012-5-28 13:01:31 |Display all floors
xoce Post time: 2012-5-28 10:58
What you think is false.

What he thinks is what he thinks.
Now stop being a troll and jump.
Jump off that bridge.
The abyss is deep, and the sharks VERY hungry.
Cold Rests the Heart of Darkness.

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Post time 2012-5-29 18:16:22 |Display all floors

RE: Time for Mr Yang to face some home truths?

This post was edited by sansukong at 2012-5-29 18:52
“People who can't find jobs in the US and Europe come to China to grab our money, engage in human trafficking and spread deceitful lies to encourage emigration. Foreign spies seek out Chinese girls to mask their espionage and pretend to be tourists while compiling maps and GPS data for Japan, Korea and the West," he wrote, adding that an Al Jazeera journalist recently expelled from China was a "shrill foreign @@@" and suggesting that "we should make everyone who demonizes China shut up and get out"…. and much more besides.

Look, I can't agree with him more. As a matter of fact, I have always considered him to be too "mellow" in his opinion. And what is wrong for speaking up and telling the truth? Yang Rui, keep up the good work and stay steadfast with the truth! The truth is so lacking these days!
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