Posts Tagged ‘China’

Rap: Spreading to the East

Posted: August 15, 2015 in Articles
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In China, there are starting to be more hip-hop, or rap, artists. China’s culture has for a long time been Confucian which encouraged everyone to be humble and polite, and since rap music usually promotes the exact opposite, the Chinese people have in the past discouraged rap. Now, however, some people from small Chinese villages are branching out and defying those who tell them the music is bad. Apparently, China, too, has been infected by this type of music.

In August, 2015, the Chinese government banned 120 songs from their websites saying that the songs encouraged, “obscenity, violence, and crime,” but one rapper in particular keeps on going and views the government’s ban as publicity. He is, in fact, quite popular among those who can understand his local dialect. The name he uses publicly is “Melo.”

In general, I do not like hip-hop music, for several reasons. First, without even listening to the lyrics, it sounds, for lack of a more colorful word, stupid. When you listen to classical music, for instance, you know that it would take someone truly intelligent and with a lot of skill to write a symphony. With rap, sure, they can off the top of their heads rhyme sentences quickly, but in the end the music is unintelligent. There is no melody and no harmony, just a repetitive beat and tough talking.

The people who make rap also seem, to me, to be a very bad sort of people. The lyrics mostly talk about violence, drugs, alcohol, and rebellion. Rebellion is one theme attractive to teenagers, and so naturally the immature gravitate towards it. Then fans emulate the rappers’ offensive explicit language and topics and down everyone goes.

Yes, that was a generalization. Not all rap is evil.

Dink’s only comment was, “Chinese people shouldn’t rap.” Then he said, “It’s easier for them to rap because all their words rhyme.”

That was a joke.


Some Chinese restaurants are using robots as waiters and some as kitchen staff, to perform simple jobs. Using robots cuts the restaurant owners’ expenses since they lower the amount of real staff they need by as much as 2/3rds. The robots can’t do a lot of complicated things, but scientists in Norway did design a robot that can extract breast fillets from chickens which is a more difficult task. Pretty cool!

We also know that some people are coming out with cars that are driven automatically. This way, people don’t really have to pay attention while you’re going to wherever you’re going, but we don’t think we would trust a robot to drive us. While delivering food to a table isn’t something a robot/computer could easily kill you with, if a computer is driving you somewhere, we feel there is a high probability they would too easily crash and kill you, or at least seriously injure you. We wouldn’t trust a robot with that task. To us, it’s too much control to give to a machine programmed by some human. Unfortunately, they’ll probably just make regular cars so expensive to own and drive that we’ll all have to use driverless cars. Let’s hope not!

Still, the robot restaurant employees are pretty amazing. Just maybe not to the humans they will be replacing.

Source: Restaurants in China roll out robot waiters and kitchen staff

In ancient China, legend tells of three great kings: Fu Xi, Shennong, and Huangdi. Fu Xi created the Eight Trigrams, “a pattern of straight and broken lines used for record keeping, divination, and interpretation of events.” Shennong, the Farmer King, made the first plow and taught the Chinese people to farm. He taught them to find the good soil and to grow grains to keep them alive, to thresh the grain, and to distinguish poisonous herbs from good ones. Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor, expanded China’s territories.

To us, Shennong is the best king of these three. Many nations, these days and years ago, have leaders who are pretty useless as far as being a person who can actually do anything goes – they don’t have any skills such as farming or carpentry for instance. They just talk a lot and wear suits. Just looking at the U.S. president alone, he goes on lots of vacations, plays golf, and entertains himself in various ways. We don’t know if he has any skills or not, but if he does, they are kept very secret.

Shennong, the ancient king of China, taught the Chinese people to farm well. We’d love to learn a real honest to goodness skill from our president. We think that would be very cool.

Well – we are getting ready to go on a camping trip now. Wish us luck with our fishing. We want to eat fish for supper tonight! Be back in a couple of days.

Dink & John

The Boxer Rebellion

Posted: March 15, 2014 in Articles
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I’ve read about a lot of rebellions in history, and obviously some of them have been better planned and carried out than others. The Boxer Rebellion in China was definitely one of the worst rebellions in my opinion. The Boxers were patriots who believed their government wasn’t doing enough to protect the country from the foreigners trying to spread Western ways into China. The rebellion took place from 1898-1900, and it was a very violent one.

The Boxers believed that the Christian missionaries coming in from other countries were bringing foreign ways into the China. They also thought the Chinese Christians were traitors. Consequently, they thought that the way to stop Western ideas from coming to China was to kill all missionaries and all the Chinese Christians. They also ripped out railroads that Westerners were building in China. They knew the railroads were the quickest way for European countries to ship more people and soldiers to China.

The Boxers were very patriotic, but they did cross the line. To protect their country, they went to extreme violent measures, including killing innocent missionaries and Chinese. In the end, frantic efforts to prevent something from happening do not work. The exact thing that is feared cannot be stopped by wrongdoing.

by John

Here are some excerpts from Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis, the book that I am currently reading. The setting is a tea house in the city of Chungking. A speaker is standing on a table screaming about communist principles, trying to get the people in the tea house riled up. Aside from the speaker, the characters in the dialogue are a farmer and an onlooker. I wanted to show how the things that communists said in China are being said in America today.

The first two paragraphs are the communist speaker talking.

“For this reason, Workers of the World, are you oppressed. You bend your backs willingly to the burdens your masters, the rich and powerful, press upon them! You speak no word of complaint! Whether you spend your strength to seize that which is rightfully yours, or whether you continue as slaves and your children as slaves, is your affair. To show men the way to freedom is ours. If they will not heed, that is their loss!

When your crops fail, pay no rent! Should your landlord eat when your own rice bowl is empty? In that day when land shall belong to all, crops will be shared equally; no man will have more than another. Take from the rich and give to the poor – that is our doctrine. Only in that way will the world become free.”

Rakishly, an onlooker nudged him [the farmer]. “Pay no rent! Take Landlord Dsong’s land from him! You will soon be rich.”

The other shook his head. “It is a wild doctrine,” he said. “Landlord Dsong does not cause drought…Affairs are bad enough as they are. Nor do I wish to share the fruits of my toil with my neighbors. Does T’sen, who plants two crops a year in the field adjoining mine, deserve as much as I who spend effort in cultivating five?”

The communist was trying to get the people in the tea shop to hate rich people. He wants them to believe that there should be no rich people. That way, everyone will be equal and there will be freedom. That obviously does not make any sense. In a free country, if a person works hard, he will be rewarded. Why should wealthy people have their hard-earned money taken from them? It is too bad that the Chinese fell for all the lies or didn’t fight hard enough for the truth – as so many have in the past and continue to do at present.

These excerpts are but a tiny portion of the book, but I thought it was interesting that the things people argue about today have been argued about before. I really enjoy reading this book and would rate it a “10”. Click here if you want to purchase it.

by John and Dink