Is it liberally chic to treat the Chinese in a racist manner, just because China is a key investor in that country? The recently passed Port City Commission Bill has brought in its wake a constant stream of anti-Chinese memes and other social media posts.
The mockery of the Chinese language, the worst kind of stereotypical Chinese people with references to everything from what they are supposed to eat to how they will appropriate our national anthem, has fueled internet users on social media.
While there are American investments on this island, there are no racial stereotypes on social media or any other platform. No one called Americans racist names when the Google Loonie Project was unsuccessfully launched here by the previous government, for example. There is hardly a ripple when a Sheraton or a Hilton is open.
But the Chinese are investing in a few projects here and the liberal intelligentsia takes out all Chinese racial stereotypes in what they write and make public. Dr Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, wrote: âWhen I see and hear Western political leaders vilify China as they do, I think there is a dimension of sinophobia, even of racism. , against the Chinese.
That’s right. It is racism against the people that has been the subject of racial epithets in the West since time immemorial. Of course, it is legitimate to criticize China in the context of geopolitics. It is appropriate to criticize any country on the basis of how that nation is seen to conduct its international relations, and whether one of these criticisms is valid or not, it is an entirely different matter for the others. to decide.
However, “the criticism of the actions of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) or the PRC is not racist in itself, but there is often a racist connotation in this public debate which is being embedded and must be denounced. . This is a line constantly crossed by people who should know better, âwrites Osmond Chiu in overland.org.au.
There is no doubt that the frontal attacks on all Chinese that took place after the passage of the Port City Commission bill had racist overtones. Chandrika Kumaratunga the former president declared that the port city is a Chinese colony.
Now, she’s absolutely free to call the project a geopolitical risk or a potentially money laundering outpost, as others have done, but even if none of those allegations are true, calling the a “colony” business carries racist overtones.
But yet, most Western critics of Chinese projects are replete with such racist innuendos. What is rather disturbing but not surprising is that this rather transparent racism comes from the so-called liberal Anglophones with a broad mind who claim that they are whiter than white and have no racist bones in their hearts. body.
None of these people say it smacks of colonialism when those like David Milliband come down here as he did during the final phase of terrorism, demanding that hostilities be immediately stopped.
Now that’s really a colonial hangover, because Milliband represents an ex-colonizer and he was obviously trying to interfere in our internal affairs.
Not a word from Chandrika Kumaratunga about this kind of behavior, although she shouts “colonizer” every time the Chinese open a restaurant in Colombo.
“What we are seeing is the development of a nondescript narrative, in which an amorphous ‘Chinese’ threat permeates and encompasses everything from infrastructure to education, politics and politics. Agriculture.
This narrative merges into more benign Sinophobic accounts such as property and even infant formula. The spread of these stories on social media by individuals who identify as progressive should be of deep concern, âwrites Osmond Chiu.
Now that is the point. The people who trash China in the most transparent racist terms, behave with great demeanor in liberal society, and are generally champions of the culture of cancellation, demanding that anyone cross the line in what is called the polite liberal speech is appropriately reprimanded.
But yet, they have no problem cheering for joy when there are memes suggesting that “the loopholes are getting the better of”, or when someone writes a version of the national anthem pointedly in Chinese, but in fact in the worst form of the mockery of the Chinese Language breed.
But far from condemning such blatant racism, these self-proclaimed posters of liberal values ââoffer subtle support on the fringes of this cheap, undiluted racial bait disguised in various forms – sometimes patriotism.
In Australia, the new trend is that when this racism is highlighted, the liberal elite say they react by saying that China is playing the race card! This is one of the oldest tricks in the book of racists. When their blatant fanaticism is identified, they turn around and blame the victim.
In this country, Sinophobic racism is not even identified for what it is. People who commit the kind of Chinese bait described above do not seem to show that the Chinese are a race of people and that there are several racist tropes that are usually used against them.
They feel free to use any sort of slander or innuendo about the Chinese with racist overtones, as they regard the Chinese people as a curiosity at best, while they regard the Western lords.
This is of course part of the slavish post-colonial mentality from which most of our liberal intellectuals have not recovered. Even the supposedly serious discourse on China and geopolitical threats also has racist undertones, especially when these themes are exaggerated and when they contrast with the way these writers treat Westerners when writing on similar topics. The reference is always to the Chinese threat – there is rarely, if ever, a reference to another major power with language containing the word âthreatâ.
âSince the 18th century, sinophobia has become a dominant way the West views China (Zhang 2008). Generalizations about China – another threatening, deviant, despotic, backward and inferior – are invoked to constitute the West, âwrites Fang Xu in the Wiley Public Health Emergency Collection.
This is where our so-called liberal commentators operate as well. They are for the most part enslaved to the West, due to their English upbringing and the ensuing slavery mentality towards the West that such education has imparted.
It is indeed a pathetic reflection of their double standards and inherent hypocrisy. On the one hand, they cannot all at once claim to defend enlightened liberal values ââand simultaneously act so bigotically towards the Chinese people who have been our friend literally for millennia.
Sinophobia is almost in the genetic makeup of these people. Memes about those who take the Chinese vaccine end up speaking Chinese, for example, stand in stark contrast to the reaction to the Pfizer vaccine or other vaccines of Western origin.
This type of transparent and blatant racism has been the trading stock of part of the populace in Western capitals, for example, after the pandemic which began, at least according to conventional wisdom, in China.
The virus has helped all Western liberal prejudices against China find a whole new location. Port City’s anti-China narrative is more than liberally – pun intended – studded with allusions to the virus, its spread and its association with the Chinese people.
Make no mistake, the great mass of Sri Lankans are aware of our good relations with the Chinese people whom they loved and respected as friends since the days of the ancient Sinhala kings. But, the so-called liberal educated elements in the West are for the most part waging the aforementioned thinly veiled racist campaign against China to promote their own political ends.
Their grievances against the Chinese, some of whom may be considered legitimate, do not give them the right to formulate their theories in overtly racist language or idiom. This is despicable and these elements should be called out for their unsavory tactics, whenever possible.