Sheng Li (gmachine1729) wrote,
Sheng Li

May Day in China

Originally published at 狗和留美者不得入内. You can comment here or there.

In China, people have May 1st thru May 4th off. Because of that, I am meeting some people and also taking some time to wind down. There is also that May 4th 2019 is the 100th anniversary of that May 4th Movement back in 1919 which was crucial towards the founding of communist party, etc, and we are seeing some stuff on TV with Xi Jinping and other high up party people in relation to that.

I won’t go much into the background of that, not that I know too much about it. Basically, it was a protest out of the decision in the Versailles Treaty to hand over the colonies in Shandong (Qingdao in particular) relinquished by Germany to Japan instead. I’m not all that clear as to what happened in the end, I believe China was able to win back those places but with some heavy price. The movement was crucial towards the beginning of “Marxism” in China with people like 李大钊, 蔡元培, etc.

Having looked up recent news on China in the Anglo media (the nature of which almost makes me want to throw up), I remember something about some students at Beijing University getting in trouble lately for some Marxist society. Its veracity I have reason to doubt a bit, there is that communication with mainstream Anglo media in China is very limited and also that those running those media outlets are either ignorant or malicious.

I am naturally reminded of how low the perception of Chinese and China is in general in America, which also extends to the rest of the Anglo world. I also find the behavior of Chinese there to be somewhat embarrassing, and I won’t go too much into that for that. Basically, among that group, there are too many superficially Westernized people without spines.

I also saw, as usual, some accusations of espionage. That’s something else I won’t go too much into, because there isn’t much point. I well acknowledge that there is still much more foundational STEM innovation coming out of the West, which has much to do with that modern science was almost entirely a fruit of Western civilization. Even in the software sector, though China has all these internet companies, WeChat mobile payment, etc, much of the foundational stuff has come from the West, such as the Linux kernel (though there, I saw that there was this Huawei engineer named Li Zefan who was chief maintainer of it for half a year or a year). China due to its sheer size and many smart people can produce Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent (BAT), but it still cannot produce a guy like Igor Sysoev, who managed to create something as substantial and foundational as the Nginx HTTP server now usually all over the internet industry as a Russian in Russia. This has to do with lack of top innovation and also with distance with the outside world. So it’s natural for people in the West to disdain China in technology as derivative, and successful mostly due to size.

There is something quite unfounded about the espionage accusations though, very difficult to miss for anyone with a brain but too politically incorrect to say in the Anglo media which I like to reiterate, which Chinese should be deeply aware of. Modern China is not really a Western product; instead, it came much more from the Soviet Union. For this very reason, the PRC Chinese don’t have the type of insecurity that those other East Asians (excepting the DPRK Koreans) have. Chinese modernization was achieved in an environment of direct confrontation with and economic isolation from the West, and its cultural legacy cannot be erased. The Chinese with the PRC soul unlike the Taiwanese, South Koreans, or Singaporeans don’t feel anywhere near as much need to strive hard to be an “honorary white” or “honorary Westerner,” and that extends to myself despite having grown up in America. They are naturally contemptuous of the attitude harbored by those other East Asians. To be more derogatory in use of language, they see the other as having been a dog fed to (limited) success by America. They achieved relatively quickly economic prosperity of a very derivative and subordinate nature at the expense of cultural and political castration.

Even in the more meritocratic STEM fields, there is quite a visible lack of privilege among the Chinese. In America, they need higher scores to get admitted into schools and graduate programs. There is some discrimination as well in research and the real world where judgment is more open-ended. Because of all this, the Chinese must be more conservative and risk-averse in their careers. It is far less acceptable for a yellow man even in STEM to “rock the boat.” They are stereotyped all over the media as being naturally less creative.

The native Chinese in China, aside from relative poverty and lots of people competing for scarce educational resources, lack the elite STEM tradition, given how late China began in bringing in modern science from the West. So it is still very hard for a Chinese in China to do genuinely groundbreaking work. I don’t really believe that more competition is necessarily better and in fact in many cases it might be worse. When you have a ton of people competing for very few spots in open-ended creative work, you get more conformist and risk-averse behavior, which is certainly not conducive to doing work of a revolutionary caliber. I don’t find people who succeed in the traditional, conformist way all that impressive. I’m much more impressed by people like Evariste Galois or Chairman Mao who succeed massively by crossing boundaries of a revolutionary nature.

Some degree of privilege is almost always necessary for doing that. You need to have an actually chance of developing the elite intellectual connections, which almost always means you need to be from a background where it’s not a mentality of struggling to make ends meet. You need an environment where you can actually not care too much about what other people think.

I still see too much undue reverence among Chinese, much a legacy of both Confucianism and of poverty. Even many who are no longer poor are still too trapped by it. I have mostly a low opinion of Confucianism. The imperial examination system, a legacy of Confucianism, grossly inhibited Chinese creativity. It made it such that it was extremely difficult for a highly gifted Chinese with the right maverick personality to make any substantial leap beyond what was already there. It was the dire situation much imposed upon by the West that rid China of that system of quasi intellectual bondage, that inspired the intellectuals behind the May 4th Movement and Marxism in China.

You also had these people in the KMT, Ivy educated who in response of that decided to switch to white worship and sub-Americanization, and I have nothing but contempt for those people. I hope the Chinese communists eventually completely beat the shit out of what remains of that in their descendants.

I have more cultural arrogance now. There is that I am now no longer a kid, with more money, credentials, and accomplishments, and there is also that China is much more rich, powerful, and advanced now. There is also that I see utter political rot in the West run mostly by idiotic delusional scumbags. I shall also mention that there is substantial evidence now of higher IQ among East Asians, with the variance no smaller. We see that in their performance in those elite math and science contests, and though the Chinese may be lacking in genius level achievement per capita, the Japanese certainly aren’t. In the late 19th century, it was natural to presume inherent intellectual inferiority, but nowadays, evidence points to biological intelligence as being actually somewhat higher. On this, my white friend with elite math contest credentials surprised me by saying, “honestly, intellectually, it’s East Asians > Jews > whites.”

The Chinese ought to be more assertive on the international stage. Though they may be less creative in some ways, they are definitely smarter, not to mention harder working and better able to withstand certain harsh conditions, and they are much more politically sane than what we are seeing now in the West. I believe in accepting others only to the extent that you have to, and optimizing on making others accept you. That’s what the West has been doing all along, from the Crusades to European colonialism to American foreign policy post WWII, which the Chinese could learn from in a culture-appropriate way for their own good.

Tags: psychometrics, 中华人民共和国/КНР, 中国/китай, 歧视, 理工科文化

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