"Zhong Guo - CHINA - into the 3rd Millenium" China by kenHuocj
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SARS was long over,
nowadays it is the "illegal - toxic" additives /chemicals in Toothpaste and foods;
there will always be fingers pointed at China,
the world's capitalistic, globalisation, democratic and "free" media
demands that there always be a scapegoat somewhere
to what ends ? ? ?
I note that i have not been updating,
but i still buy canned goods from China,
use chinese pills to combat my bouts of flu
enjoy the noodles, flavourants yadee yedah yaday
still alive and have not been to hsopital for a stomach wash
- touch wood ;-) Amen
My pet gripe about he Chinese Restaurants is their incessant use of flavourant MSG, vegetable and meats cooked with stocks an d a few herbs and spices is more than enough
yet the hasty tasty , ching ching of the tills and regular visits to the bank deposit boxes, have these chefs running loose,
i actually have developed a tongue reaction/ sensitivity to MSG in any food,
be it of whatever origin or ethnicity
MY other links with China, is getting the chinese names with Cantonese jyutping of my mothers extended family, then google mapping where each of her sibling, nephews/nieces have lived
GOOGLE is tops as is Geni.com the beat version of everyone's related , a simple family tree site, so user freindly
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin - the first Western leader to visit China since the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) epidemic.
described his visit as a gesture of solidarity
France has invited Chinese President Hu Jintao to join the world's seven most industrialised countries and Russia at a summit in France in June.
does this photo not remind one of the Toast between Premier Zhou en Lai and President Richard Nixon, and its role towards the harmonious path of goodwill and friendship.
Sweet and Sour,
'behind a mask'
and many more words with
postive and negative connotations
are used by visitors including Huayis
of the old and new china...
i too have mixed feelings as one from aboad
not having endured the turbulence
the Chinese have endured
over the centuries, dynastic changes etc...
yet the term of "jong yung"
path of moderation, the median
is one more apt to use than
'Jong" - Middle / Centre....
what i have seen in Modern China
compared to what i have read about
of the Country's Socio-Economic
plight & dilemma of the 30's. 40's and 50's
****leaves me in AWE !
the abilty of a nation of downtrodden
able to move into the industrialised era
where the leaders against many odds
natural and man made
have allowed it's Citizens and
the opportunity to be happy and proud
of their elders heritage.....
Modern China itself is a huge geographical expanse
with equally diverse cultural groups
which have co-exited since 4000 BC ?
The course of Chinese history, however, is in part
dominated by the Han ethnic group and language.
This history, in which a vast area populated by
diverse ethnic groups became, over time,
a more or less a broader single culture,
began in the Yellow River Valley,
it has been continuous
despite periods of rule by the Mongolians and Machurians
who as rulers adapted their lifestyles and cultures
to that of their conquered Han.
The Hsia Dynasty, 2205-1766 BC
According to the Chinese historians,
the last of the sage kings, Yu, founded a dynasty of kings, the Hsia.
The Hsia began with virtue and wisdom, and ended with the rule of
Chieh, who was decadent and cruel.
In 1766 BC, after four hundred years of rule, the Hsia dynasty was overthrown by
T'ang, who began a new dynasty, the Shang.
There is, however, absolutely no evidence, archaeological or otherwise,
that supports this account of the early civilization in China;
this lack of evidence has led historians to relegate the entire account,
from the Cultural Heroes to the Hsia dynasty,
to the realm of mythology.
Two things, however, should be kept in mind.
In the strictest sense, history is not about facts,
it is about cultural memory ,
which means that what a culture believes its history to be is as important,
or even more important, than the "facts" in terms of
the lived experience of that culture.
Second, the Shang dynasty that the Chinese claimed followed the Hsia,
was also believed to be mythological
until archaeological evidence appeared in the 1920's.
We may yet find a Chinese civilization equivalent to the Shang in even earlier strata of Chinese time.
China - Peoples' Republic of China in the year 2002
is a very different to the China - Republic of China
when it was trying to recover from the Sino Japanese War, WWII, Civil War and most important from the Colonial-Imperialistic Exploitations exemplifies by the
foreign concession ports of privledgesand economic gains by others, than the Chinese themselves.
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Despite being an African Citizen and
living in North America,
I am often asked if I am Chinese,
my answer has to be NO
BUT that's my roots
CHINA - ZHONG GUO is my Motherland
my agrarian ancestors originate from
the Pearl River Delta
of Guangdong Province,
which is very different
to the other major regions of the country
- Pros:a long varied history ~~ fine Cuisine , Arts /& Crrfts
- Cons:one need to know language & history to fully appreciate Culture fully.
- In a nutshell:one fifth of the world's population & Diverse
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