I am living in Taiwan since more than a year. Living in China before. I have some smart friends there who knew the internet before the Great Firewall and now use VPN to be informed. They wanted to visit me, but the CCP banned tourism to Taiwan.
I don’t know any Chinese here, just Taiwanese. But one of my Taiwanese friends, actually a student of mine, has a Chinese friend. She tells me they never speak about politics. It’s not necessary, she says, the friend is nice and that’s enough.
I totally disagree. I think, a way to change China is change their people one person at a time. No better chance to do that than when they are not in China. My student doesn’t care about politics either, so how can she “teach” anything related to politics to her Chinese friend.
My student insisted that her friend join us in a German class. Doing the basic drills in German, I asked my student “where are you?” she said “I am in Taiwan”. I asked the chinese girl the same, she said “I am in China”. WTF, I thought. But my student doesn’t care.
We are losing an oportunity here. Letting the chinese going back to China thinking the same as before they came here to study or work it is really a wasted opportunity.