A poem published by The Washington Post, depicting the dilemma that China has been facing the US and some other nations. My colleague who forwarded it said that it may very well be titled “A Chinaman’s Lament.” It could have been written with more emotional feelings and literary sophistication. However, it is a pretty good description of how most of the Chinese and Chinese-diaspora worldwide feel in recent times. I am saddened to say that the thoughtless China-bashing in the media is going to continue for quite a while, until the past and present super powers of the world realize they no longer are the lords of the earth and understanding others, sharing wealth, and working together are the only way that can lead to a harmonious and prosper human society on this earth.
When we were the Sick Man of Asia,
we were called The Yellow Peril.
When we are billed to be the next Superpower,
we are called The Threat.
When we closed our doors,
you smuggled drugs to our open markets.
When we embrace Free Trade,
you blame us for taking away your jobs.
When we were falling apart,
you marched in your troops and took what you wanted.
When we tried to put the broken pieces back together again,
Free Tibet you screamed, it was an Invasion!
When we tried Communism,
you hated us for being Communist.
When we embrace Capitalism,
you ridicule us for being Capitalist.
When we have a billion people,
you said we were destroying the planet.
When we tried limiting our numbers,
you said we abused human rights.
When we were poor,
you thought we were dogs.
When we loan you cash,
you blame us for your national debt.
When we build our industries,
you call us Polluters.
When we sell you goods,
you blame us for global warming.
When we buy oil,
you call it exploitation and genocide.
When you go to war for oil,
you call it liberation.
When we were lost in chaos and rampage,
you demanded rules of law.
When we uphold law and order against violence,
you call it violating human rights.
When we were silent,
you said you wanted us to have free speech.
When we are silent no more,
you say we are brainwashed-xenophobics.
Why do you hate us so much, we asked.
No, you answered, we don’t hate you.
We don’t hate you either,
But, do you understand us?
Of course we do, you said,
We have AFP, CNN and BBC’s…
What do you really want from us?
Think hard first, then answer…
Because you only get so many chances.
Enough is Enough,
Enough Hypocrisy for This One World.
We want One World, One Dream, and Peace on Earth.
This Big Blue Earth is Big Enough for all of Us.
I think most developing countries share similar sentiments as voiced by the person who made this poem.