Saturday, May 17, 2008

what do you want from us?

Here is the original-text to the "What do you want from us" video clip poem...

By a Silent, Silent Chinese.

When We were called the Sick man of Asia, We were in Peril.
When We were going to be the next Superpower, We were called The threat.
When We closed our doors, You smuggled Drugs to our Open Markets.
When We Embraced Free Trade, You blamed us for Taking away your jobs.

When We were falling apart, You marched in your troops and wanted your fair share.
When We were putting our broken pieces together again,
“Free Tibet” you screamed, “it was an invasion!”

(Without giving back to the Birth Place of Confucius, Woodrow Wilson handed us a ticket for the Famine Relief Ball)

So, We Tried Communism, You hated us for being Communists.
So, We embraced Capitalism, You hated us for being Capitalists.
When We had a Billion People, you said we were destroying the planet.
When We were trying to limited our population, you said It was a human rights abuse.

When We were Poor, You called us dogs.
When We Loaned you cash, You blamed us for your debts.
When We were building our industries, You called us Polluters.
When we were selling you goods, You blamed us for global warming.

When We bought oil, You called that exploitation and Genocide.
When You were fighting for oil, You called that Liberation.
When We were lost in Chaos and rampage, You wanted to Rule us with Laws.
When We established laws and orders against Violence, You called us Violating the Human Rights.

When We were in silent, You said you wanted us to have the right to Free Speech.
When We were silent no more, You said we were Brainwashed Xenophobias.
When you invaded Iraq and caused millions of deaths, It was an Operation of Freedom.
When we called "One China", You said we have no Rights.

Today, you are calling us Hans, Tibetans, Mongolians...­
(there are 56 ethnic groups in China!)
100 years ago, you said “oh you poor CHINESE people”

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”

What do you really want from us?
Think Hard first, Think History, not Media.


XK said...

also, we can think what they do not want china to have....

Hong said...

XinKe, thanks for your comment! Unfortunately, the poem was not written by me, so i do not have the rights to alter it. however, your point shall be taken into consideration for my future posts. Do share more ideas!