I came to China to teach. I have learned more about home than I ever dreamed I would.
China is a rich land of poverty and saturation. The vast majority of people are poor. Just like home. The vast majority of people don't give a rat's rectum about anyone other than their immediate families. Just like home. The vast majority of people accept that the powers-that-be do not in any way care for them and can destroy their lives with a signature. There is nothing they can do about it unless they have powerful connections. Or they are rich.
I come from a land of old poverty. The deep grooves of it line our cities and our dorpies. The spacial planning and social engineering of faded ideologies keeping us separate in our special Mzansi discomfort zones. It shows in the wrinkles of belligerence. It shows in the bellicosity of our supposed leaders. It shows in our cold disinclination to see the other side. It shows in our intransigent stance that our special group history is the only one that has any truth. All the others are, apparently, talking codswallop.
Do we really want to be just like China?
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