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The Price of Dignity: Vincent Chin

Today we honour Vincent Chin. We honour his choices. We honour his way of life. We honour his dignity. We honour his life. This is why we choose the day that marked his life rather than the one that marked his death. Guangdong province, 18 May 1955 – a man was born who later beContinue reading “The Price of Dignity: Vincent Chin”

Ten Hours in Torreón: the Massacre of Cantonese Chinese during the Mexican Revolution

May 15th 1911, a military tribunal appointed by Emilio Madero met immediately after the tragedy we know today as the Torreón Massacre, or the Matanza de chinos de Torreón. After hearing testimonies, this tribunal concluded that the Maderista soldiers had committed atrocities. It was on May 15th that the Federal forces withdrew from Torreón, Coahuila,Continue reading “Ten Hours in Torreón: the Massacre of Cantonese Chinese during the Mexican Revolution”

O Canada, our home and native banned: Chinese Immigration Act 1923

Canada is known on the internet as a polite place where everyone is nice and apologises for everything, but really, that just describes traditional Southern Chinese culture. Canada is a whole different story. When last year May it was discovered that countless native children have been murdered by the Canadians, it blemished their precious imagine.Continue reading “O Canada, our home and native banned: Chinese Immigration Act 1923”

Road to Rukun Negara: the Tragedy of 13 May

Malaysia was under British colonial rule for a century. How they chose to use the Chinese Kongsi as a middle-man between themselves and the Bumiputera (indigenous) Malay people was effective in generating inter-ethnic strife between the Malays and the Chinese, the very same inter-ethnic strife that caused the 13 May incident of 1969. It seemsContinue reading “Road to Rukun Negara: the Tragedy of 13 May”

Peranakan or not, the Chinese must rot: the 1998 Riots in Indonesia

The first time I heard a Chinese–Indonesian speak about his experiences was at a anniversary celebration in a Chinese Saturday school somewhere in the Netherlands (I forgot where, but it was a short drive from Utrecht). The speaker was a middle-aged man from Indonesia. He had a sort of demeanour about him that set himContinue reading “Peranakan or not, the Chinese must rot: the 1998 Riots in Indonesia”

The Eight May Incident: Bombing the Chinese in Belgrade

On the night of May 7th to May 8th 1999, a US B2 bomber dropped 5 JDAM GPS precision guided bombs on the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. 3 people died, 20 more were injured. We should take care to remember Shao Yunhuan, Xu Xinghu and Zhu Ying. This was a blatant attack on China, aContinue reading “The Eight May Incident: Bombing the Chinese in Belgrade”

Get out and stay out! the Chinese Exclusion Act

“Almond-eyed, spindle-legged,” “yellow-skinned,” “pig-tailed,” ”bald-pated,” “filthy, unnatural, and abominable,” “dependent, ignorant . . . animal machine.” These are just a few of the words American newspapers used to describe us, John Chinaman. It was a time in which such words were deemed acceptable when the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed. Exactly 140 years ago on 6 May 1882.Continue reading “Get out and stay out! the Chinese Exclusion Act”

May Fourth Movement, Commemorating the Dead and Liberation Day

Today is the fifth of May. In a tiny country in northwestern Europe, the liberation from foreign occupation, German in this case, is celebrated. Yesterday, the fourth of May, the entire country would remain silent for two minutes in order to remember and honour the Dutch lost who their lives in WWII and other subsequentContinue reading “May Fourth Movement, Commemorating the Dead and Liberation Day”

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Here it is, the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. While I appreciate the sentiment, it implies that every other month isn’t Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. It feels like we’re being thrown a bone from the table of the master as he gets to enjoy the real prize, whatever that might be. At any rate,Continue reading “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month”

Ten Reasons to stop Gambling

Gionai was a gvsai da (Regiment Colonel) and in charge of alban taqikvi baita (official education affairs). He published his essay jiha efire be targabure juwan haqin (ten reasons to stop gambling) in the third year of Saiqvngga Fengxen (Jiaqing, the third year is 1798). He mentions that he found an essay titled “ten precepts to stop gambling”, and thought it “as a treasured raft for the lost and as a panacea for the ill”. In the introduction to this essay, he says the reason for translating it into Manchu is that the people in his kvwaran (barracks) aren’t as proficient in Chinese as they are in Manchu. He remains humble by referring to himself as someone superficial and simple and that scholars would certainly laugh at his attempt to publish his ramblings. He hoped that the “enlighted future generations” could improve upon his writings.