Why Chinese People Don’t Feel Oppressed By Their Authoritative Regime?

One of the top stories from my Quora’s feed is a question in regarding to “why a lot of Chinese people don’t feel oppressed by their regime“, and this topic generates many interesting answers through Quora.  Here in the West, our heart is with democracy, because it’s the ideal that we have been taught and inspired by since childhood.  In practice, true democracy probably isn’t really existed.  In the West, we practice partial democracy, because our system makes it hard for true democracy to flourish.  Otherwise, we would have seen hundreds if not thousands of major political parties that compete for governmental power.  Instead of such thing, we have two major political parties in the United States (i.e., Democrats and the Republicans).  Elsewhere in the West, few major political parties would hold the key to governmental positions.  If we really practice true democracy, the system would be way more complex and chaotic.  The competition for governmental positions would be way more competitive, and ideals would be constantly conflicting each other to create political gridlock of sorts.  Thus, partial democracy is in practice instead.  Freedom of speech, press, and so on would still be considered the core elements that support the partial democracy foundation.  In the East such as in China though, we have seen Chinese people practice a political system in which we in the West think as authoritative regime.

Why Chinese people don’t feel oppressed by their regime?  This question is very interesting, because as China rises the West is wearily trying to understand China more. China is just going to get more powerful, and so the West is concentrating on how to prepare when facing an even more powerful China in the near future.  China isn’t practicing partial democracy, because there is only one political party in China — yet China is still prospering.  Basically, nothing is written in stone in which to set the requirements for partial democracy to be the only path to have a successful political structure.  It seems China is an authoritative regime that listens to people’s wishes and dreams.  Although Chinese government is hell bending on stopping any sort of controversial political views from average and non-average citizens alike, the regime in China does strive to improve everyday people’s lives by nurturing a stable job market, healthy economy, youthful innovative research and development institutions and environment, and so forth.  Meanwhile, China’s one party system is trying to weed out corruptions from within the political party and elsewhere in China.

The Chinese youngsters — who are born after the major upheavals (e.g., Tiananmen Square protest of 1989, cultural revolution during Mao Zedong’s day, etc…) — do not have any experience in hardship as how their parents had experienced before, but they have been taught of how their parents were suffering from the chaoses that occurred in China.  Their parents speak of extreme hunger during Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward movement, because their parents remembered the Great Famine which caused untold amount of deaths that caused by hunger and extreme poverty during those days.  Chinese youngsters can also look at so called democracy states elsewhere around the world that are doing poorly in providing jobs, wealth, and happy life for the citizens, and so they can appreciate that their Chinese government is doing something right which allows them to prosper.  For an example, Chinese youngsters would look at India as a poor, chaotic largest democracy state in the world.  In Africa, Chinese youngsters see how democracy does not put foods on average citizens’ kitchen tables.  Chinese youngsters may dislike their strict government, but they do not yet mind of being disciplined by a strict government as long the Chinese government is doing the right things for the people.

In summary, I think the phrase “people rule” is quite powerful and real, because no matter the political system would be, what matters most is the people within such a system.  Although the system does rule the people, but it’s that the people who are feeding the system.  Without the right people that can intelligently upkeep the system, the system would get corrupted and rotted from the core, and this is when it’s hostile to their own people.  As the people within the system feel uncomfortable and unbreathable, it’s when the people are going to overthrow such a system.  The common sense and fundamentals of decency can be locked away for some time, but it doesn’t mean the unjustness can go on forever.  I think, as long a governmental system in the West or in the East is doing the right things for its people, the system can thrive on for quite some time.  This is why I don’t think we should be surprised to see the Chinese people are proud of their government, because the Chinese are prosper under their current regime.  (I once heard a phrase which speaks of how the Chinese don’t love their government, but they do respect their government.)

 

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Super Sexy Killer Chinese Robot Is Making Waves

Check out a Chinese robot which looks like a real, sexy, beautiful woman.  This sexy robot can also reply to you as if she is a human, and her lips sync with her voice.  I think she got certain machine learning algorithms going for her, but if she goes deep learning then we may see she gets serious.  The cool thing about smart robots is that they can tap into external robotic neural pools/networks and get smart instantly through wireless communication technology, but we humans have to research and learn — and this take time.  If I’m correct, deep learning relies on machine learning to take advantage of powerful machine networks to calculate and self-learn.  If I’m wrong then both of these technologies are totally different from each other.

Perhaps, our pretty robots of today may not have the capability of tapping into such deep learning networks just yet, but the future is certainly bright for such robots.  If deep learning gets so smart to the point of overpowering human intelligence, then we better recognize our new robotic masters!

She is pretty, but can she be dangerous?  Not yet… unless someone updates her in the future and makes her dangerous.  She will be a killer!  Her kung fu on intelligence will step on you like a cockroach.  Check her out in the video right after the break, and don’t die for her beauty.  She’s a killer!

Amazing YouTube User, Laoshu505000, Can Speak So Many Languages

A Youtube user, Laoshu505000, is able to speak so many languages.  He surprised me when I watched his very first episode of “How to speak & Practice a Language in Real Life with Native Speakers ((LEVELING-UP))” playlist series, and I was amazed that he could speak Vietnamese.  Well, in the episode he was apparently practiced some Vietnamese, and I could understand 95% of what he’s saying.  The most important thing is that his accent in the episode isn’t too bad.  I speak Vietnamese fluently, and so I know he speaks Vietnamese quite well.  Perhaps, he needs to know more words in Vietnamese vocabulary, but I think his accent is quite good.  So far, I also found out he speaks Mandarin, French, Korean, some Turkish, and so on.  He’s an American by the way, and so his English is obviously fluent.  Anyhow, he got a YouTube channel in which he uploads videos of him traveling around, striking conversation with people who are from different ethnicity backgrounds.  He surprises people around him when he speaks in their language.  In one of his recent videos, in a coffee shop, he speaks in Mandarin to a Chinese couple to his right, and he speaks Turkish to the people on his left.  It’s quite amusing to see him doing that.  I like it.  Check out couple videos of his right after the break.  The guy deserves more subscription from whoever likes to learn foreign languages.  I think he can inspire many people who want to learn foreign languages.  Maybe the CIA should hire him since he knows so many languages. LOL.

Amazing Guzheng Performances

I don’t know much about Chinese Guzheng instruments, but I like how these instruments sound.  There are various types of Guzheng.  According to Wikipedia, Guzheng is the ancestor of several Asian Zither instruments.  Anyhow, thanks to YouTube, I’m able to look up several videos that showcase awesome Guzheng performances.  Enjoy these videos right after the break!

I’m sure you can find more awesome Guzheng and Đàn Tranh videos on YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet.

Personal Note:  Đàn Tranh is Vietnamese Zither which is a descendant of Chinese Guzheng.  Since I’m a Vietnamese American, I’m glad to know that Vietnam (Việt Nam) has a variation of Guzheng musical instrument.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guzheng (link)