June 1, 2014

Rage

I read this account by a Vietnamese woman. She was in China while anti-China protests were going on in Vietnam. She was at an exhibition, and faced taunts from her hosts as soon as the news of the anti-China riots spread. She also compared her situation to a another exhibitor who too faced discrimination because of his ethnicity.

I am saying this aloud not to spite Chinese, or the Vietnamese, or any one else - I come from a country, where people often take great pleasure in hurting fellow citizens who look different or pray different. There seem to be a competition on for who can hate more. I appreciate that this woman took time out to pen her thoughts.

https://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/for-one-woman-uighur-vietnamese-days-in-china/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=world&_r=0

One early lesson about the futility of rage for me was from this Arthur C Clarke story titled The End of the Orbit”.


China Vietnam


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