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Johnny Neihu's Mailbag

Fear and loathing in NZ

Dear Johnny,

I wanted to get something off my chest regarding Chinese people here in New Zealand.

I am a proud Taiwanese who grew up in New Zealand, a country now flushed with students, poor families and gangster wannabe kids from China.

Being in the retail business I talk to a few Chinese customers and it never surprises me how many of them have no idea what’s going on in the world when it comes to China.

I’ve had a few tell me that Tibetans are terrorists. I usually ask: Where did you hear that from? To which they reply, “The news!” (Oh yeah, the Chinese news.)

I’ve also had a Chinese guy who once told me that if Taiwan calls for independence then he will join the Chinese army and attack because “it’s a matter of national pride.”

When he asks where I’m from, I say Taiwan, and he straight away calls me a Chinese, to which I reply: “No, I’m Taiwanese,” with a smile.

What gives him the right to tell me who I am and my identity? What gives him the right to attack a free country?

It shocks me to see how brainwashed these people are, how ignorant they are, and how they think any human with black hair is Chinese and should speak their language. What I’ve seen in the last few years from the number of Chinese people migrating to New Zealand is how isolated they are. They do not and will never respect or learn the local culture. They come and they go to their Chinatowns and years down the road don’t know a word of English. When things go wrong and they can’t communicate, they blame it on white people, calling them “stupid.”

Our crime rate went up when the Chinese students came in. Reports of stabbings and dismembered students in luggage bags all started appearing in the news. Abortion rates have gone right up; 60 percent of them are Chinese students.

I once talked to an “educated” Chinese. We were talking about the Communist Party, and I mentioned the Tiananmen Square Massacre and, to my surprise, he didn’t know much about it. He didn’t even believe that the party would run people like him down if he decided to protest about something. I am finding this a lot with Chinese people.

I find them extremely ignorant, brainwashed and tend to stick to their own culture. Needless to say, this is not their fault; with a communist state, this is what you get.

I hope Taiwanese stay strong. We are a different pack from the Chinese and will stay that way. Well, unless Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) screws things up.

Eric Lin

Auckland, New Zealand

Johnny replies: I'm sure there are perfectly nice and sensible Chinese people in your country, Eric. I hope one day you will meet them.

It has to be said, though, that the kind of people you describe are not doing the rest of the Chinese community any favors by holding thuggish mini-rallies in Kiwi cities as if they were auditioning for the next wave of PLA stormtroopers.

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