For all of the many wonderful contributions Chinese culture has made to the world’s civilization, such as in art, literature, music, philosophy, etc., there are so many negative things that have been perpetuated for so long and are so rampant in Chinese culture that it just boggles my mind … the thing that makes it even more difficult to understand is that most people I’ve talked to about these problems (and even ones that aren’t necessarily related to culture at all, such as pollution, etc.) is that they KNOW about these problems, and agree that they need to be corrected … so if so many people are aware of what the problems are, why doesn’t anyone think to do anything about it?
One thing that really, really, really pissed me off today was in my class at NTU (supposedly the most liberal, open-minded university in Taiwan). We were discussing something about Chinese medicine. One of my classmates (a Ph.D. candidate, very intelligent guy) had some opinions. I didn’t agree with his opinions, so offered my own rebuttal to his claims (of which the professor agreed with me). The Ph.D. student’s response (and it was angry, not meant to be in jest) was that “you foreigners can’t possibly understand about Chinese medicine, you think too simply.” I was absolutely stunned when I heard that kind of racist bullshit … especially since it was from a supposedly well-educated person at the most open-minded and liberal school in Taiwan. After class I told him that I have studied Chinese medicine quite extensively, in university, while studying in China, and through my 12 years of martial arts studies. I asked him if he had any formal instruction/education in Chinese medicine, and he said no, but since he’s Chinese, he just understands these things, and I as a foreigner just can’t … and then he stormed off in a huff.
BTW, the title I chose for the post was something that one of my Taiwanese friends mentioned when I told him this story … his reply was simply: