Author: 霍比特人 Contributor/Reviewer: Helen
The Chinese Masters of Illusion
Many westerners very sincerely believe China is good. Except those who come to China just for a brief visit or tourism, many of them deal with Chinese people (including officials at all levels, even leaders of China) and are called “China hands”.
Some of them may have worked and lived in China for many years, and even married with Chinese people. They would introduce the advantages of China to the whole world spontaneously. They would talk about their experiences in China, and even write books.
Of course, they would also have complaints, but those complaints, just like those about their own countries, are inevitable, and at last, the defects cannot obscure the virtues.
They talk more about those interesting people and things. They talk about their happy experiences of work and lives in China, how well they are treated, and how much money they have made, how open-minded and wise the Chinese government is, and so on.
They are not dishonest, and their words are not dishonest either, at least it seems to me. But they don’t know, the China in their eyes is not the same China in the eyes of a person born here and grew up here like me. One thing they may never know is, they are westerners in China, no matter where they are, no matter how long they stay here, they are treated differently as westerners. A transparent wall surrounds them, to show them a China packaged and beautified as well as filtering negative information. So it’s a pity that most of the westerners can only receive filtered information, and become tools of propaganda for China unconsciously.
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For example, I still remember when I was a child, some days when western visitors came, the Chinese government would provide the illusion of a happy, healthy society. They would specially choose some kids who look healthy and nice (a next-door girl was one of them), pair them with some adults they didn’t know to pretend to be their parents, and instruct them to wander in the streets. They pretended to be happy and carefree and walked around aimlessly, going in and out of the shops from time to time. Of course they wouldn’t actually buy anything. Westerners in China are just surrounded by such illusion ; it never stops. To this day, the only difference is it has become more skillful, more delicate, more hidden, and with more levels.
So you can see, it’s not those westerners’ fault. We, the Chinese people, have an obligation to tell them the truth, tell them the real daily lives of Chinese civilians, why the CCP doesn’t represent the Chinese people, and why the CCP is a criminal organization. So I’m trying to expose the most real life experience of plain Chinese citizens, and all the stories are true, not fictional.
China’s Version of Political Rights
When it comes to political rights, the first thing the westerners think about might be the right to vote and the right to be elected. In my more than forty years of life, I have only experienced three local People’s Congress elections, and of course, never have run for congressman.
My first opportunity to vote was in high school when I was 18. We were suddenly told to vote in the general election of local People’s Congress. We were brought to the vote-room and saw the personal profiles of the two candidates on the wall, but we didn’t know anything other than they were principals of two nearby high schools. We could not vote intelligently as informed citizens, but could only just pick one of the two names. That was my first vote-experience. At least I realized I was an adult then and had the right to vote, but I had no further opportunities to vote during all my university days.
My second opportunity to vote didn’t come until after I got a job in a factory. The man who was in charge of voting was a Labour Union cadre (CCP member). He brought all the people into the workshop (except the workshop manager and secretary of the party branch) together, told us clearly and calmly, each workshop could only select two candidates, and “by convention”, one of them must be CCP member. Even now, I can still see his face sitting opposite me clearly.
Please note, that’s “convention”. If you were not afraid of losing your job, you could try to oppose the convention. Everyone present was at ease, they all knew it clearly beforehand. At last, with no doubt, the workshop manager and the secretary of the party branch (both were CCP members) were selected as candidates. That was my second vote-experience.
After many more years, my third oportunity to vote really shocked me. At that time I was working in a business that shared a compound with the local government. When we were at work, someone came to tell us to vote, and several minutes later we walked into the auditorium of the local government. We found no introduction of the candidates, just a ballot box. The Labour Union cadre who’s in charge of the voting told us it’s only a by-election so there’s only one candidate. He didn’t introduce the candidate; no one knew who the man was.
Suddenly I saw – I saw for myself – in the empty auditorium, there were three people in the last row of seats. An arrogant man sat in the middle, with two young women in his arms. I was stunned, wondered whether this man was the candidate or not. I shook my head and thought it’s impossible.
After the pretentious voting, the Labour Union cadre asked us to wait a moment, the man left his women and swaggered onto the stage, made a speech like an admonishment to us “voters”. The man looked like a gang boss, armed with two women – apparently they were not his wife – in public. He was not only the candidate, but also the new governor of the local government, that’s why he had to be “by-elected” as local congressman.
OK, except these three experiences, there should be more elections in the past several decades, right? The general election should be held every four years, right?
In western countries, people almost would not miss election. Before the voting, all candidates would campaign massively, and people would be surrounded by massive campaign information.
But in China, the elections were silent. I remember at least two times that I saw the result of election but had no idea when the voting was held. I asked my college mates and work mates, they all didn’t know. Who took part in the vote, at what time? Even now I have no idea.
In my three experiences of voting, all the candidates were CCP members. Were there congressmen not CCP members? Yes, one of my friends was once elected as local congressman, he’s a member of a democratic party named The Jiu San Society. It’s well known in China that the so called democratic parties are tools of CCP’s democratic show, they are just like associate CCP members, and each time how many congressmen could be elected from democratic parties was predetermined.
Those were my experiences of voting, to elect the members of Chinese legislature, the so called People’s Congress. Most of the Chinese congressmen are CCP members; that’s ridiculous, but by far not the most ridiculous.
The most ridiculous is, even such a People’s Congress elected by such ridiculous voting, is not the real legislature at all. In China, a party named the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the real highest legislature; this is not only written in the Chinese constitution, but also is exactly the reality.