Mentioning The Unmentionable About The Chinese “Model Minority”
These days, much reporting about China has to do with
how they are poisoning us with
But for a long time, China`s human exports have been
considered to be beyond criticism.
Chinese immigrants are widely seen as a
Of course, unpleasant facts about Chinese (or any of our
diverse cultures) don`t advance the multicultural
agenda of the elite MSM, so they get little attention.
Instead we only hear cheerful achievement stories—as
with Indians, another favored group. (See my VDARE.COM
"Dogs, Frogs and Dalits").
Indeed, their success shows how important culture is
among immigrants. Asian youngsters can come knowing
little English, but graduate from high school and
go on to college. Forty-eight percent of
Chinese living in America hold a bachelor`s degree
The campus of
UC Berkeley now looks a lot like Chinatown due to
the increased number of
studious Asian immigrants to California: the New
York Times called the campus "overwhelmingly
Asia on the Hill, by Timothy Egan, January 7,
At the other end of cultural scale for educational
Mexican immigrants—half of whom do not graduate from
high school. Chinese students` success proves that
Mexican failure is not the fault of American schools.
Furthermore, global IQ testing shows Chinese to be
among the smartest people on earth.
So what`s not to like about Chinese?
The unmentionable answer: Maybe…their
Despite many areas of agreement, the meeting of China
and the West is
not a perfect fit by any means. As usual, diversity
promises more than it delivers.
- One area of concern: the extreme
level of corruption in China, recently called
"astonishing" by the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace in a recent report. [Corruption
Threatens China`s Future (PDF) Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace, October 2007]
The Carnegie report says corruption costs the China
economy $86 billion annually—roughly 3 percent of GDP,
more than their annual spending on education. (Similar
activities in America cost America a great deal of
Patrick Cleburne`s blog on a Chinese immigrant
lawyer who was operating “a
complicated and extensive visa fraud scheme"
for Chinese clients.) Carnegie cites the aspect of
Chinese corruption that affects Americans directly and
has been widely reported recently: Global public health
and safety could be endangered through China`s
production and export of
tainted foodstuffs and
Shoppers shouldn`t forget that all those products
"Made in China" are produced in a
communist state that has a market economy only where
it suits the rulers. The totalitarian aspects of
behavioral control remain—only it`s called
- China`s manufacturing boom is also
exporting air-borne pollution. Its coal-fired power
plants send soot particles across the Pacific to
California and beyond, depositing measurable amounts of
lead into water and soil. The pollution is worsening
west coast storms, according to a
Environmentalism is apparently not a Chinese value.
- China is not kind to its own people either. The
child slavery continues to exploit and endanger
underage workers in primitive factories, where workplace
deaths of children are routine. In a recent case,
thousands of children and adults were
kidnapped to become
forced labor at a brick factory.
Outraged parents have had to
search for their missing children.
"In order to achieve modernization, people will go
to any ends to earn money, to advance their interests,
leaving behind morality, humanity and even a little bit
of compassion, let alone the law or regulations, which
are poorly implemented," said Hu Jindou, a professor
of economics at the University of Technology in Beijing.
"Everything is about the economy now, just like
everything was about politics in the Mao era, and forced
labor or child labor is far from an isolated phenomenon.
It is rooted deeply in today`s reality, a combination of
capitalism, socialism, feudalism and slavery." [
Fast-Growing China Says Little of Child Slavery`s Role,
By Howard W. French, New York Times, June 21,
- Arguably China`s worst affront
to human rights: its treatment of women and girls.
Its One-Child policy, a massive social engineering
project meant to prevent another
famine by curbing population growth, amounts to
state-sanctioned infanticide. If a couple can
only have one offspring, Chinese culture dictates
that valued males are be kept and despised females
would be aborted or killed at birth.
This program has eliminated tens of millions of
girls. Had those babies turned out to be boys, they
would have been allowed to live.
In 2001, the BBC reported on a Beijing woman who had
rescued five infant girls out of trash containers.
The babies had been thrown away alive by parents who
were disappointed that their newborn was not a boy.
In 2006, CBS` Sixty Minutes reported on the
social implications of the One-Child policy. With more
than a billion people, China has too many men. According
to the latest census, an average of 120 boys are born
for every 100 girls, the greatest imbalance in the
world. As correspondent
Lesley Stahl reported, the root of the problem is a
traditional preference for sons: in China, as in other
Asian countries, it is sons, not daughters, who usually
take care of their parents in old age. [China:
Too Many Men CBS Sixty Minutes April 13, 2006]
As a result, number crunchers forecast a near future
15 percent of Chinese males will be bachelors.
Another eye-opening number: "As many as
40 million men will be permanent bachelors"
within 15 years, according to the Chinese government.
Other researchers believe that demographic trend—known
branches"—has "played a role in aggravating
societal instability, violent crime and gang formation."[`Bare
Branches` and Danger in Asia,
Valerie M. Hudson and
Andrea M. Den Boer, Washington Post, July 4,
Perversely, the scarcity of females adds to their
value in a financial sense. Reflecting the much-touted
Chinese gift for entrepreneurship, the
kidnapping and sale of women as brides has
blossomed. In the
countryside, arranged marriages are still common.
Women are essentially bought by the groom`s family, and
consequently are often treated as property. Certainly
Chinese women are not feeling the love, as measured by
the high suicide rate:
according to the BBC`s Christopher Allen, a Chinese
woman kills herself every four minutes and ten times
that number attempt suicide every year.
Chinese use sex selection techniques in the United
States, even though they can have as many children as
they want. What they don`t want is girls. Chinese
immigrants in New York City can find a gender-selection
clinic right in Manhattan`s Chinatown, where Dr. Robert
M. Nyein started offering the Ericsson sperm-separation
technique as part of his gynecological practice about
four years ago. Nearly all the Chinese immigrants who
come to him, said Dr. Nyein, want boys. [Clinics`
Pitch to Indian Emigres: It`s a Boy, by Susan
Sachs, New York Times, August 15th, 2001
- For all the vaunted Chinese intellect,
feng shui to
lucky numbers, the denial of reason can be shocking.
I once worked for a well-educated Chinese immigrant
woman. When an important paper was temporarily misplaced
in the office, she was alarmed that a
ghost had taken it. She wasn`t kidding, though it
took me a while to figure out that she was serious.
"Dragon bones"—actually dinosaur fossils—are
still widely used in Chinese medicine. The BBC recently
reported that one local collector had ground up
8,000 kg of dinosaur fossils to sell as traditional
In a similar way, Chinese are literally
eating up endangered species with extra zeal because
rare and tasty creatures may soon become unavailable
entirely due to extinction.
- As I detailed in
"Diversity Is … Cruelty to Animals," many
Chinese cultural practices in slaughtering livestock for
food are particularly objectionable to Westerners.
Chinese believe that meat tastes better if the animal
has suffered pain while being killed. So creatures are
However, the reason remains unclear why Chinese fur
skin dogs and cats alive. China has become a major
exporter of fur in the last few years. The unnamed fur
trim on a garment in an American store may be from some
unlucky enough to born in the PRC. (Warning: The
here are disturbing.)
Of course, many Chinese in the U.S. have left behind
their ancestral home`s culturally sanctioned cruelty,
corruption and misogyny. But others have not. This shows
up in places like San Francisco where the demands of
Chinatown to keep its brutal and dirty animal
slaughter have won against American standards.
- Chinese ties of race and culture remain
"It all comes down to one issue: the sense of
belonging in America", said Marlon Hom, chair of
Asian American Studies at San Francisco State
University. Until the 1940s, he noted, Chinese
immigrants often returned home because American society
rejected them and denied them citizenship: "In the
past, it was discrimination from the white society;
today, it`s ethno-centrism among some Chinese
Feel China`s Pull, By Vanessa Hua, San
Francisco Chronicle, August 24, 2006
author Frank Wu was interviewed on the old C-SPAN
show Booknotes about his book Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White,
earnestly complained about the stereotype that he
was seen as a foreigner—"not a real American"—and
someone who would "eventually leave". Then the
subject of his immigrant parents came up…
WU: “My parents did
something that—that surprised me. I had no idea this
would happen. It sort of fits a stereotype, I suppose.
My parents moved to Taiwan about a year-and-a-half ago.
My father worked for his entire life at Ford, and he had
a great opportunity to do some consulting in Taiwan. And
he`s, you know, the proverbial, you know, big fish in a
small pond. So they went back to check it out.” [Booknotes
Transcript March 31, 2002]
(Of course, the "stereotype" that most Asians
are not home-grown Americans is actually true;
seven out of 10 Chinese counted in the 2000 U.S.
Census were foreign born. When European-descended
Americans assume that Wu is an immigrant, they are being
statistically well informed. If he wants Asians to be
seen as full-tilt Americans, then he should lobby for an
immigration moratorium to create the social
atmosphere he apparently desires. A few generations of
Asian-Americans with no new immigrants should do the
- We should never forget that China is a likely
future enemy and is
recognized as such by the Pentagon.
In 2002 a top Chinese general threatened to
lob a nuke on Los Angeles, something even the
Soviets never did.
The brutal truth: In a future conflict, the
loyalty of Chinese immigrants would be questionable.
Many no doubt feel allegiance to America. But modern
promotes the idea that ethnic identity comes first.
We no longer insist upon loyalty from immigrants.
Accordingly, there is little reason to expect it.
In 2001, when Red China imprisoned the crew of an
American surveillance plane, many Chinese residents of
the San Francisco Bay Area took the side of the PRC
against the US:
Many Chinese Americans Say U.S. Appears Arrogant.
The crew of 23 was
held for 11 days after their EP-3 aircraft made an
emergency landing on Hainan Island after a mid-air
collision with a Chinese jet.
With the power of Red China on the rise, questions
about national allegiance are sure to increase. And
Lou Dobbs reported in March that the Chi Mak spy
case had revealed that there are 3000 Chinese front
companies here to steal American military and industrial
secrets. Chi Mak was a naturalized U.S. citizen who was
accused of spying for the PRC as part of his job as an
engineer. "Prosecutors say the 66-year-old Mak was
acting out of loyalty to his Chinese homeland and had
plans to retire there," the show
reported. He was later convicted, and several
family members pleaded guilty to espionage charges.
Not all dangers to national security caused by
immigration come from
A recent example of Chinese racial nationalism: the
formation of a
Chinese ethnic political party in British Columbia
earlier this year. The "Nation Alliance Party"
was organized because Chinese immigrants said they
wanted representation for their interests, which they
felt were not adequately addressed by existing Canadian
parties. Can we expect a similar organization in
America—or is the current level of ethnic pandering
Among America`s gaggle of
squabbling nationalities, Chinese are becoming
noisier. Despite the great financial and academic
success of Chinese in America, ethno-groups like
Chinese for Affirmative Action (for Chinese) are
still active, pimping for issues like
Chinese-language versions of ballots and government
My conclusion: Americans are sick of having the
maladies of the human race foisted upon us and called
And we have a right to be.
If Chinese immigrants desire unquestioned acceptance
in this country, then they should advocate an end to
immigration—the obvious solution to many social
Then we could all be Americans together. Assuming
that`s what everyone wants.
Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes
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