Monday, December 5, 2016

China Dream

It was American Dream after the two World War, and recent years due to the rise of China economically, we now have a new consciousness, that of China Dream. Individual brave adversity and settled down in Beijing to chase their Dream. Interestingly, the people who chase the China Dream are not only those from developing countries but from developed countries, such as Singapore, Canada and American.
Singers descend on Hou Hai (后海), sing in the hundreds of drinking joints in search of their dreams. There are many reality shows that allow vast exposure for their talents. People from South East Asia are seen participating in them and loved by the Chinese. Perhaps these movements encouraged a sense of belonging with a larger audience, as a singular entity, that of an Asian identity.
Of course, these are differences among countries in this vast geography, the need for inclusiveness in diversity become a common understanding through friendly interactions. The idiom ‘君子和而不同’,a gentleman gets along with others but does not necessarily agree with them. This is the underlying principle for bringing diverse people together.
Another interpretation of the China Dream from the global view, proposed by the Chinese government, is one of bringing better living condition for people in the developing countries, believing that peace can be achieved not through competition but inclusiveness. Lives changing projects win the hearts of many and achieve peace globally. Assisting countries to get out of poverty had been the campaign by many developed countries but it is an ardent task that has made slow progress, perhaps China's infrastructure push in the region can fasten the process, as the Chinese have learned from their own experience in raising their standard of living.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A new consciousness

When I first heard of the concept of the Silk Road proposed by the Premier Xi Jinping of China, I thought it was another political slogan that retraced old history to establish, soften the Chinese economic expansion, and legitimise their action. I did not pay mush attention to the details of the plan.
One day I came across the youtube video '一带一路'. The video shows the commitment of China in helping the countries that span the Silk Road. It is a dream to connect through roads, seas and air so that people can benefit through economic exchanges, through goods and services, eventually billions of lives could change, bringing about better communication and understanding, eventually resolving conflicts.
We had seen the failure of the political system that claims to change lives and improve living condition only to be disappointed by them, whether communism or democracy, they are not the absolute for a better life. Perhaps good leaderships, decent hardworking people, physical planning and economic progress are evident for a better life. Slogan and rhetoric can stir human passion but reality can only change through real work and a cohesive people. We see the rise of China, and they had learned through hard ways. We are reminded of the open door policy of Deng XiaoPing. His wisdom, " It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice. "
In introspect, we see Singapore's rise to a developed country through economic means and open door policy benefited her people. Although a small country without resources we are able to raise the standard of living for the people. For most people, a simple life with a roof over the head, food and clean water, peace and a civil society is all that one sought after.
The question is how countries can learn from China and Singapore to achieve this simple ideal?
Perhaps, China's civil commitment to a better world as a global citizen through 'One Belt One Road' can bring about vast global changes. One has to be cautioned as there are many differences of culture. However, there is a Chinese proverb ‘和而不同’ , loosely translated as 'Inclusive diversity'