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War?? Part 2  

2012-10-06 11:10:37|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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So my courses at Shanghai International Studies University (finally) started.  School is pretty tough, mostly because all of my classmates are Chinese and, besides eating and breathing, I think the only functional habit they have in their life is "studying."  I am not exaggerating when I say they study 10+ hours a day, including weekends.  On the first day everyone was able to simultaneously interpret 3 minute speeches from English to Chinese, while my jaw was hanging on the floor.

I have to compete with this?

Well, either way it's good motivation to make me study Chinese more.  I made a vocab book and included a Japanese column, so that I can  一石二鸟... kill two birds with one stone.  While writing down the Chinese words, it dawned on me: I already know all of these difficult words in Japanese.  I thought these two years in China might have completely wiped away all my Japanese knowledge, but surprisingly I can still remember a good string of advanced words. 

Anyway, our school invited the Chinese diplomat for the European Union to join our ranks at our interpretation department and work as a mentor/professor.  He came to our school to give a speech and it was a pretty big deal--and to be honest, I was pretty excited to hear what he had to say.  I mean, this is the real Chinese diplomat for the EU!!  He must have so much experience, so much wisdom, so much talent..  This is the man that glues international relationships together!

Imagine my surprise when more than half of his speech as about diaoyu island and the relationship with Japan.

"Due to our history with Japan, there is no way of rectifying our relationship.  There is no other choice but to go to war.  Maybe not now, but in the future.  We already surpassed those Japs economically (as we should have), and next we are going to become more powerful than the EU and the USA.  It is at that point we need to go to war with Japan.

I know all of you have pride and love for your country, and will fight to death for our good cause."

I wasn't really afraid rather than SHOCKED that the diplomat for the EUROPEAN UNION is spending over 30 minutes telling us how China should go to war with Japan.  I know relations are pretty tight with Japan now, but good lord---is that a little over the top?  The surrounding professors looked on with horror, their faces turned white as a ghost.  They had a lot of "PR" to do after this diplomat's little patriotic speech. 

I met with my friend K (Japanese friend) in Shanghai for some beer and dinner, and after relaying this story he didn't seem too shocked. 

"You know, the government is paying those anti-Japan protestors about 100 rmb a day.  It's all being driven by the government."

But what made my Japanese friends giggle the most is the display of the China flag in the Family Mart shops to try and prevent vandalism.  Sheesh.  Ridiculous.

Luckily things seems to be cooling down, and I haven't heard of anymore violent anti-Japanese protests.  Shanghai is pretty safe compared to other Chinese cities.  I went out with six Japanese people to a Japanese catered KTV establishment and managed to live and tell the tale.

Anyway... I think there will be no war.  For now.
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