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Why do the US media not dare to support the call for the establishment of a Palestinian state? It’s because they’re afraid of getting fired by their Jewish bosses. When I interviewed the chairman of the US Jewish Association, I questioned him on this. He snarled at me ferociously and said that in America, no one would dare to speak to him this way. He was like a mafia chief. So please stop saying how beautiful American press freedom is.
In my experience Yang Rui’s comments are not outside the mainstream here, but attitudes towards Jews in China are complicated and tend more toward admiration and respect, at least among the Chinese I know. Isaac Stone Fish was recently sent an ad for a Beijing job, which he posts in Chinese business looking for a few good Jews:
My contact is (deleted) and is slightly obsessed with Jewish people and thinks they are the smartest, so he naturally prefers this person to be Jewish. If he can’t get someone Jewish, he would also like someone who went to a famous university — Harvard, Yale, etc.
In 2010 I wrote China, Anti-Semitism and the “Goldman Sachs Conspiracy” about a book by Li Delin (since disappeared from public view after his detention for spreading rumors on Sina Weibo) and specifically his numerous comments about Goldman Sachs and its Jewish founders and executives, including a comparison to Isreali Shar Pei dogs. At the risk of wading into a real morass, he is an excerpt from the 2010 post:
As for any anti-Semitism, I should have given more perspective in my original post beyond that it contains “an undercurrent of anti-Semitism”. Apparently some Chinese people think that Isreali Shar Pei dogs are an especially smart breed. In my experience, Chinese tend to like Jewish people because they believe that the stereotypical Jewish person places very high value on family, education and money–just like Chinese do. In fact, some of my friends have told me that if their daughters have to marry a foreigner they hope he is Jewish. As anyone who has lived in China knows, the Chinese are very open about discussing other races and religions, sometimes pejoratively, sometimes not.
Growing up I was taught to try to avoid viewing people through racial or religious prisms. Maybe that makes me too sensitive, or maybe not. I read through this book and thought about the firestorm that would erupt if Matt Taibbi or others had written about Goldman Sachs and said they had the IQ of Israeli Shar Pei Dogs (p. 26), referred to founder Marcus Goldman as having Bavarian Jewish blood (p. 217), or described J. Aron as a firm “with pure Jewish bloodlines” (p. 249). And these are just references I found skimming through a handful of chapters in the book; there are no doubt more.
To my Jewish readers, do you think this has anti-Semitic undertones? Or are these just innocent descriptors used by Chinese with no inhibitions discussing foreigners?
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Today’s suggested readings:
- BBC News – Beijing sets ‘two flies only’ public toilet guidelines
i remember a fun anti-fly campaign in my work unit when i lived here in 1992. the windows are open, the flies will come in
special investigation team sent to a kunming county to investigate disappearance of at least 17 people
- WH leaks for propaganda film – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com
perhaps more newsworthy to someone living in China?//
The administration takes a break from its war on whistleblowers to provide classified information to filmmakers
- 国务院要求稳定房产调控政策 被指即将松绑微调_新闻_腾讯网
State Council denies talk of imminent loosening of real estate controls
- 人民日报：从来就没普世民主 资产阶级民主虚伪_新闻_腾讯网
- China’s rich head for the exit | beyondbrics
happening but this story is overblown. and i believe the surge this year is due in part to fact that price is going up, or at least that is what my chinese friends think//
EB-5, a little-known programme in the US designed to attract more foreign investment, has seen a surge in interest from Chinese applicants as the country’s wealthy look to settle abroad or at least secure foreign citizenship.
- 俏江南兰会所已售 “缺钱”或为主因-财经网
South Beauty sells off its 2 Lan Clubs
- 德勤频遭解约 涉多家房地产商 – 地产要闻 – 21世纪网
Deloitte losing lots of clients in China, esp real estate firms
- China’s ‘thuggish’ chengguan security condemned | World news | guardian.co.uk
Human Rights Watch says security agencies used to augment police exist in disciplinary and supervisory ‘black hole’
- Amazon.com: Collective Killings in Rural China during the Cultural Revolution (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics) (9780521173810): Yang Su: Books
winner of 2012 Barrington Moore Award
- Sino the times: Can China’s billions buy overseas media credibility?–CJR
- Is CCTV host Yang Rui an anti-Semite?: Shanghaiist
A little bird sent us the following compilation of tweets that Yang Rui posted on Sina Weibo over the last two years.
Read them and decide for yourselves the answer to the question we posted above:
- Fan Jianchuan’s Obsession | Chengdu Living
The Fan Jianchuan Museum Cluster is the largest and most provocative privately owned collection of historical artifacts in the entire country.
- China Pledges More ‘Fine-Tuning’ in Support for Growth – Bloomberg
- Matchmaking for Chinese multimillionaires is demanding and secretive | Ministry of Tofu 豆腐部
- Chinese business looking for a few good Jews | FP Passport
- China in hardest private-sector push in decade | Reuters
- Google Void Seen as Opportunity for China Mobile App Store: Tech – Bloomberg
Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system runs two-thirds of the smartphones sold in China yet the company’s online app store, Google Play, isn’t open for business there because of censorship concerns. That’s creating an opportunity for China Mobile Ltd. (941)
The world’s biggest phone company by subscribers opened its Mobile Market store for Android apps in 2009, and it now has 158 million registered users. Customers have downloaded more than 630 million apps, making Mobile Market the world’s largest carrier-operated app store, said Jack Kent of IHS Screen Digest.
- China plans brokerage reforms to create its own Goldman Sachs | Reuters
China is rolling out sweeping brokerage reforms to nurture future global investment banks that officials hope could eventually compete with the likes of Goldman Sachs (GS.N) and Morgan Stanley (MS.N), a regulatory document showed.
- Smartphones Turn China’s Internet Revenue Mobile – WSJ.com
The number of 3G subscribers has risen to 159 million in April, more than three times higher than the level at the end of 2010. Affluent consumers accessing the web through their mobile phones threaten to disrupt revenue flows across China’s telecom, search and social-networking sectors.
- Deregulation needed for China’s private aviation to take off｜Policy｜Business｜WantChinaTimes.com
Approval for a flight plan takes between a couple of days for executive planes and up to two weeks for small private airplanes that wish to fly across provincial borders.
The tortuous process has forced many private airplanes to take off without approval, attracting fines of up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,800), according to the Southern Weekly.
China is considering easing the regulations for small airplanes flying below an altitude of 1,000m. The weekly predicted that this would boost the number of private airplanes, as there are believed to be more than 300,000 potential buyers in the country.
- 1950 Communist Propaganda Comic Predicts China 60 Years Later
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