Thursday, December 22, 2011
"The concept of peace is alien to Asians," so says a non-Asian
The Chinese culture is the most misunderstood and maligned culture in the world bar none, especially in the AR movement. And I, a Chinese Canadian ARA, am in the unfortunate and unenviable position of having to deal with it.
It is taking me away from my main AR work, but as long as the Chinese-bashing persists in AR, as long as the movement espousing anti-speciesism is rife with racism, I have no choice but to do this battle.
This is not about defending China or the Chinese people, though it is a motivator. It is about facts, truth, fairness and justice, and against ignorance, arrogance, prejudice and bigotry.
Some weeks ago, when China launched a new satellite, somebody wrote that China was a threat to world peace, saying, "The concept of peace is alien to Asian cultures." Really?
In 1405-1433, China, then the Ming Dynasty, sent a 200-300-ship fleet of 5-10-masted vessels down the Indian Ocean all the way to the eastern coast of Africa, 7 times. Its mission was to establish diplomatic and trade relations with the South Asian, Middle Eastern and East African kingdoms. At no point did the Chinese pillage and plunder and conquer and occupy.
The same cannot be said about the preceding and subsequent exploits of non-Chinese cultures. Cases in point: the Roman empire, the Crusade, the Spanish conquest and occupation of Central and South America, the British Empire "where the sun never sets", the British and French conquest and occupation of North America, the Arab, British, Dutch and German occupation of Africa, the Arab slave trade in and around Africa, the European and American slave trade sourcing from Africa, WW1 in Europe, WW2 in Europe and the Japanese invasion of China, etc, etc. Need I say more?
Speaking of wars, I would also suggest comparing the number of wars in Western Europe and Eastern Asia over the last 2 millennia, and seeing that the former out-number the latter easily 10 to 1.
............. The Chinese Great Wall - a DEFENSIVE measure.
So, the concept of peace is alien to Asians? Spoken by a non-Asian, of course.
.......... Ming Admiral Zheng Ho.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)