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Western media’s coverage about the recent Taiwan issue can be misleading. Several incidents happened this week and last week led to the outcry of massive Chinese cyber citizens. Heated discussions on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, and Facebook brought this issue about Taiwan Independence up a notch. 

The following news is from the front page on Asia, BBC. At about 10 a.m., Jan. 21st, I made the screenshots.

First of all, it says the tens of thousands of posts by massive cyber users was “under Beijing’s control”. To innocent audience uninvolved, this would seem to them that the Chinese government was “manipulating” their people to attack the “poor” Taiwan. To clarify, all of the actions cyber users took was by ourselves. This is the people defending their beloved motherland and people who don’t understand this issue has no right to report it misleadingly. If objectivity is too much to ask, what about the more basic fair reporting?!!

http://www.dzllzg.com/lltt/201601/t20160117_13700475.html

The link here is an article in Chinese arguing what it truly means to be patriotic. The pictures above is a brief summary. It says and I translate that “The real patriotism asks not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. Flooding Tsai’s Facebook is people’s choice and presentation of real patriotism.

Second of all, BBC wrote “BEIJING considers Taiwan a breakaway province that must one day be brought back under mainland CONTROL”. To clarify, this is a shared belief of all Chinese people, no matter where we are. Actually, my feeling about this is hyper-intensive especially when I am overseas now. So, this is not a so-called “infusion” from the government as this news implied.

“Under mainland control” can also be misleading. To govern is never to control, and to “control” is never what the government did to us Chinese people. Diction like this is irresponsible. Reporting fairly but not misleading your audience is the priority.

(Anyone can argue about my opinion. Just to clarify in advance, this is just my personal opinion, if you think I am being too sensitive about just the wording).


The following link leads to an article from Quartz. This website has a section concentrating on China, naming China’s transition. For the most part, this article is fairly written. I even have to say thank you for listing some of the important details. But (there is always a but), the very ending sentence really pissed me off. “To voice their real anti-independence feelings, China’s netizens had to flee to Taiwan’s internet.” This sentence just completely shift away the concentration over the cyber battle issue itself and redirect the readers to another issue. As a strong believer of pro-China and pro-unity, I don’t know how I should interpret the implied meaning of this reporter. As a journalism student, I have to say this is not fair reporting.

An army of Chinese trolls has jumped the Great Firewall to attack Taiwanese independence on Facebook


 

Here is a list about what happened:

*Jan-15 Ziyu Zhou, a 16-year-old star post on Youtube apologizing for her irresponsible expression for saying Taiwan is not part of China. Mainlanders thought that her apology was dishonest and blamed her. Taiwanese, especially those who pro Taiwan independence thought that mainlanders were being mean to a young girl. Battle began.

*Jan-15 Gengxin Lin, an actor from mainland China post a Weibo commenting about Zhou’s dishonest apology.

Jan-16 His Facebook page was then attacked by Taiwan independence supporters. Cyber citizens from mainland China defended him back.

*The following few days, there was a war online using special emoticons between mainland netizens and Taiwan netizens.

Here are some typical emoticons and the translation or description for some of them:

-When you shop online at T-Mall, you have to choose Taiwan Province no matter what.

-Get out, I don’t have a son like you. (This is the tone from mainland as father to Taiwan as son).

-Although you are stupid, but daddy loves you always.

-A list of historical event saying that Taiwan belongs to China throughout history.

-A show of power by a combination of breathtaking scenery and wonderful gourmet from mainland China. (quite peaceful isn’t it…)

-“Taiwan belongs to China”!!!

*Jan-20 “D8 goes to battle, nothing will grow”.

A group of cyber users from Di Ba formed a temporary “army” and went to Facebook and flooded the Facebook page of Tsai Ing-wen, the newly elected Taiwan governor (I insist to call her governor, although she claims herself president), Apple Daily and Sanlih News, independence-minded media. The “army” had their strategy and separate missions.

Unlike some insane Taiwanese, the strategy from D8 warriors used included being “civilized” by just listing facts, slogans and poems that illustrate the strong wish against Taiwan independence.

To summarize: pro-China mainland netizens outbeat the pro-independence Taiwanese. This was the exhibition of unity, patriotism and power of battle with ration and reason. No doubt we won.

“小儿辈大破贼” ——谢安《世说新语》

At last, I choose to write something in my mother tongue. English cannot describe to the precise. Also, this is still personal opinion.


 

最后,我决定用母语写一段表示我的心情。英语作为外语不能准确表达。这还是我的个人观点。

我觉着作为一个留学生,我可以心平气和的把我的亲身经历写出来。外媒往往在报道有关中国事件的时候都不能客观。作为新闻专业的学生,我了解要做到完全客观有多难,但我相信如果真心想要去了解事件的真相,公正的报道是可以做到的。从我和朋友们在国外的见闻来说,这些不客观往往来源于不了解。不了解又是由于固守刻板印象而不愿去了解。

来自成都的朋友在课间和同学聊天提到国宝熊猫,美国同学完全不了解熊猫栖息地是四川以为是北京,可以理解。然后问了一句“那成都是首都吗?”我就只有呵呵了。中国首都是北京这是基本常识吧。

老师上课给我的博客设计提建议,说为了配合主题凸显中国特色要不把背景改成红色好了。先不说红色看起来不舒服,就这中国红的刻板印象居然如此深刻,甚至到不用中国红还成错的了我就不能理解了。她还说到了风水的问题。说实话,我从小到大家里就没有办事信风水这一说的。但在她看来,中国人就是信风水的。我承认,我们有一些迷信习俗。我家就喜欢贴福字倒着贴寓意“福到了”,但这并不是迷信,这是习俗。说实话,听完她那几句话,我很不舒服,但不知者不怪,我也没有办法。只有增进了解才是根本解决办法,我相信我这学期我至少能扭转她不少错误认识。

朋友买车,卖车的人送她回来的路上聊到她在中国喜欢听什么歌。朋友说了些美国流行歌手和歌曲,而这竟然就惊着他了。虽然没明说,但心里一定是“中国难道还能听到这些?” 呵呵,我伟大祖国啥没有。。。看看淘宝,别吓着宝宝你

这样的事要是留心注意天天都有。就这种对中国的认识程度能让他们有客观评价也是不可能了。革命尚未成功,同志仍需努力。新闻专业的我感觉担子更重了。。。

就这个台湾的事,我还是得说两句。看见帝吧出征我简直是振奋的。要不是因为消息是临上课前刷微博看见的,我简直想冲到楼外吼两嗓子。这行为这心情某种人某类人无法理解也就请莫要无端评论了。国情不同,历史不同,观念就不可能相同。不分青红皂白用所谓民主来绑架国人简直比你们普遍的数学水平还令人无奈。

一点不夸张的说,我这辈子合眼前愿望之一就是看见台湾回归。每每想到那场景我就热泪盈眶,比如现在。香港回归我两岁,澳门回归我四岁。小时候不懂,不过我有印象99年我爸对着电视手舞足蹈。七子之歌也是到后来才明白过来。现在想来要是我明白还不定干出什么更疯狂的事呢。我姥姥银行密码就是香港回归日期,我永远会记着当时碰巧知道的时候心脏一抽的滋味儿。

我无比庆幸我是一个中国人,有机会了解到文化的美妙:文字,音乐,诗歌,意象和气节。我根本算不上有文化,但就从我知道到那小小一点,我就无比自豪。来了美国追了不少精品国剧,其实起初就是想听听中国话。琅琊榜各种戳点:隐忍、忠孝气节最打动我,共鸣太多。抗日剧作重温过战长沙,小人物视角边缘看历史,细节的感动简直要哭瞎。伪装者里手撕鬼子汉奸不能更爽。现在正在看北平无战事,我必须说这剧贼长知识,我是做着笔记看的。戏中带的儒雅让我停不下来,之前评论里那句“小儿辈大破贼”就是现学现卖的。这剧本是哭不出来的,不过可能离家太远也离家太久了,听见德胜门后海,看见圆明园的场景就足以让我红了眼眶。

这篇博客到现在算上研究找资料我已经写了快四个小时了,是时候停笔了。。。最后一句吧

我现在还记着抗战70周年阅兵那天晚上上课,我偷偷连在线直播,下课走在路上用流量看习大大讲话,和那位有着躁动的灵魂的人一起小跑回家看转播的样子。那时候的我无比欣慰也自豪,现在也是,永远还是。

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