Wednesday, April 23

Let the Chinese speak

今天(星期三)当地的号角报 Calgary Herald把我的读者来信登出来了。

Calgary Herald

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Re: "Anti-China protests called shocking, unfair," April 21.

Richard Cuthbertson's report of the voice from Chinese Calgarians is precious. It is so unique. Why haven't we heard that before?

In the last month, most reports in papers and TV shows demonized China. In the media, China has been an evil country in the last 50 years. Because of that, the voice from China has not been heard by western society, so the anti-China activists, including Tibet's government-in-exile, Falun Gong practitioners, independent Taiwan activists, have been controlling the speaking, and western society has been listening to a one-sided story.

There are a lot of Chinese living in Canada, and I am one of them. We seldom speak out. You hardly see Chinese names in newspapers, or Chinese people talking on TV. Chinese people have the tendency not to cry for attention. Confucius said: Be silent and check yourself first. One important rule in Tao is: The loudest sound is silence. So we are always working hard to show our ability. We are the best persons to be consulted on Chinese issues. Because we lived in China before living in Canada, we have a lot of connections in China. At the same time, we are proud Canadians. So we can tell the world about the real China, in your language.

Ben Lin,

Calgary



星期一报纸登出一个采访,是记者到中国城,问大家对最近关于中国时事的看法,你知道,这里报刊、电视一提到中国,都是负面消息。但是在中国城,大家的回答都是正面的,说政治应该跟奥运分开。摘要

"The Games is the Games; nothing for politics," he said.

Tsang said China is improving, and the Beijing Olympics are an important time for Chinese of his era.



Tsang noted the message of free Tibet protesters, but wonders what the region itself wants -- independence, or simply fairer treatment?

Only when all information is on the table, he said, can the people decide.

Yang said some people have a misperception of China -- a view they believe doesn't fit with Olympic ideals.


所以,我就写这封信,意思是:你们(西人)很少听到中国的正面消息是因为中国人不爱出来说话,因为孔子、老子的教导“大声至静”云云。所以你们所听到的都是藏独、台独、法X功等反中国的声音。关于中国的事务,还是应该咨询我们这些华人。我没有讨论谁对谁错的事情,而是强调西方只听到故事的一方面,没有听到另一方面,所以我们才是最好的顾问。

星期一夜里发出的信,昨天(星期二)拼命查报纸,没有刊出,很失望。想不到今天早上接到一个老华侨的电话,才知道出来了 :D

刚才下班回家后才想起去买一份报纸,就冒雪出去跑了三个点才买到:



注:上次游行的组织者们设立了一个请愿网站,让议员 Rob Anders 收回他的话并道歉。具体内容在该网站上都写得很清楚。希望所有在Calgary的华人都去签名。网址:http://www.petitiononline.com/MPROB/

电子版本可从 http://fadshop.net/ben/petition_mp.pdf 下载

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