New Chinese Immigrants: Why are They so Rude?
This Lens is NOT a Racist Lens
I personally am not racist toward Chinese people. In fact, I am one. I am here just to point out why new Chinese immagrants in these recent years are getting more and more attention, more or less in a negative way.
I do not know in the States, though I believe it's the same. At least this lens applies for Canada and many elsewhere. From where I live now, Caucasian friends of mine made some comments about them, saying that they "don't pay tax, getting social benefts, and speculating/raising house prices in everywhere they go."
This statement clearly shows that my friends "do suffer" from these recent waves, but it's not easy to understand "WHY" this is happening. Maybe it is, but this lens is just to point out the facts again.
This lens is made within two hours, so there might be some further update.
What Have They Done?
If where you live is not a hot spot for Chinese Immagrants, you're lucky, and you probably don't know what I'm talking about. Meanwhile, if you live in a hot spot like Vancouver, woots! You've suffered through something I have as well!
So, what have they really done?
In recent years, it's a cliché to say that China is a new gold mine. It is true, but there's more to it. If we listen to what people normally say, Chinese are the biggest consumers in the world, almost everything could be made in China, etc.
People have forgotten, though, that even though they could be categorized as the biggest consumers, many of them are actually not wealthy. Even though its population below poverty line, according to Central Intelligence Agency, is about 2.8% (in comparison, US is 12%), the actual number is very scary. 2.8% of that 1.36 billion people is about 37 million people; by 2007, about 21.5 million people are officially categorized as "absolute poverty," while about 35.5 million people are officially below "low income line." Note that the number is "officially," there are many more people who are not even in the record.
While it is well-known that the labour cost is low in China, many big companies are moving their factories westward. due to the raising labour cost in the east coast. That being said, it is also well known that things made in China are not high quality. That is a fact.
Why do I mention these? As well as these facts, whatever we know about Chinese, there are more to it because of their special governmental and political culture.
Now, to save both your time and my time, I will just briefly describe why people in the hot spots hate them so much. They sell houses in China (illegally), bring money in, get no jobs here, but use the cash to buy houses elsewhere, bubble the house prices, avoid tax at all cost, getting social benefits because they have no jobs (no income), thinking money can buy everything, no trust or negotiation when it comes to self-interest, not following the rules or laws, basically they are just outrageous!
Are they all that bad? Are there any reasons? What are the impacts and how have people reacted to this new social issue? Again, this lens is to dig through this social issue.
Not All of Them are That Badass, but Most
Of course, we all know that there is every kind of people in one ethic group. There are good people and bad people. I personally have many Chinese friends that really understand the meaning of international value.
They are people who are really on the top in the society, CEOs and people with doctorial degrees that deal with international affairs. They, like probably most of us, work their way up from studying intensively in schools, working hard and continue to nurish knowledge into their mind, socialize with people from different countries; basically they understand how things should be done.
However, the newcomers these days are mosly the so-called parvenu, people who just got rich real recent. Not all of them, but I guarantee at least 90% of them (you know, to be on the safe side) got rich through some tricky ways. They either got rich by personalizing national corporations or selling houses in through political bribe mostl. Let's not get into details, but they basically "steal" the property of their mother homeland. This is the result of communism, not socialism, which has led most Chinese people into poverty in the past decades. When people are poor, they get despair or desperate; when people are desperate, they do extreme things.
Now, since they have stolen the property of their mother nation, they have to move their "spoils" to somewhere else so that they don't get caught. Nowhere in China they can do that, so the hot money goes to every else where. Canada, the United States, Taiwan, Australia, and many other hot spots, I believe you could hear many cities' house price raised because of new Chinese Immagrants
They have some extreme mindsets that we have to try to understand, since it's way too different from the world we used to live. More below.
So, How Are They Different From Us?
To understand why they do what they do, we have to understand what is the mindset that supports them.
They have lots of cash. In China, money talks louder than anything else, even the political power has to listen to money. I know this sounds like a cliché since in the past, when did money not ever talk? Yet, in China, this cliché has been taken to another level. As long as you have the money, it seems like you can even ignore what the laws say.
Few days ago there was a Chinese went on a tour to the tomb of a Qing Emperor, Kang Xi. This man wanted to go inside the tomb and take a look, but the lady there rejected his request. This man said "I'll buy this land with 100 million Renminbi (about 16.6 million US dollars)!" This tomb is a national public property, a very important historic asset, just like a tomb of George Washington, yet this man wanted to "trade" with his wealth. The lady of course rejected again, then the man threw 10K Renminbi cash (16.6 hundred US dollars) at the lady, then left.
This is one of the many examples. These new rich people believe that "money talks the loudest," they believe they can buy anything as long as they have enough money. It's an idea that has been planted in their mind for real long time. Then they bring this mindset to other nations.
They buy houses internationally with cash. They have prejudice toward people who work 9-5. They look down on people who seem to be less wealthier than them even though we work hard for our money and they simply stole the money. To these people, normal morality in our noraml social value does not exist.
Because they have been poor for way too long, they are brutal when it comes to self-interest. You can't talk common sense with them. I've tried it, don't try it. When they are good, they are good; when it's gonna hurt them, be aware. They will not reason if they are going to lose something; they are too afraid of losing things because they have finally got rich. If you've suffered from it, you understand what I mean. They came out from a nation with no trust, money talks, so when they come out here they have the same mindset. They don't trust anyone completely, especially if you're going to get them caught or harm their asset. They have to be the one that talks the loudest, they can make money off from you, but you can't make money from them.
From their background and mindset, they trick ways in tax payment, they get social benefits and promote for it because they have no jobs (they don't want one), and they are real rude in real estate market.
A Russell Peter Joke
I remember there was one time I watched a talk show of a Canadian comedian - Russell Peter. It's a joke about how Chinese and Indian can never do a business deal. Why? Because Indians try to keep as much money as they can while Chinese people try to take as much money as they could from anyone. I thought that was just a stereotyping, but now, I am more leaning toward that stereotyping has its own reason.
If China is so Great, Why People Flee? If China is so Bad, Why People Stay?
There has been a real odd situation in China. Normally, if one man gets rich, he would stay in the nation, or maybe pursue a better life outside. Yet, in China, when people get rich (or big cash), they flee out of the country right away! It seems like China is not a place to stay!
I did ask many of them, and they know that China is a dangerous place. It is, no doubt. A place that only money talks, a dominant political party, a place with no actual human rights, if China is a gold mine, why would people flee?
Then again, there are still rich people staying in China, if the statement I've made above is true, why would they stay there?
It's easy. If you do read international news, you would notice that recently China is struggling in fighting their domestic inflation. Inflation is caused by too much money and frequent economic activities. China has a special case however. It does have very frequent economic activities, since so many rich people just pop out from nowhere. It does have too much printed paper/money within the boundaries, but it's not like any case in the past. In the past, it's usually that the government prints too much money or too much offshore money gathers in one nation, yet now in the case of China, it has "too much domestic money" locked in the country.
They have a policy of each year you can only send a certain amount of money to offshore countries, causing too much money staying in the country. Personally I don't believe by just simply raising the interest would help; it has to increase the limit of the money that could go offshore each year.
Anyway, what do the rich people think about it? It could be simply stated "They want to make that big loads of money one last time." Right now in China, money could be anywhere. It's like years ago where you could get any amount of money from any investors in many big countries. Money is so easy to attract so far. They are looting as much money as they could this time.
What's the altimate impact if China fails to solve this inflation? Let's just not get into that since we're not talking about economy here. But it is a fact that many Chinese are still trying to get that one last big loot in China.
How Do We Deal With This Situation??
Deal or no deal. From my own, if you are a person with heavy moral standard, never ever do business with them. They could be very good friends, especially when they trust you, but money and friends are just like water and oil - they never mix. When you're a friend of theirs, they would help you much, but when it comes to conflict interest or something, be ready to take the punch. It's better to do business with those actual top people, who didn't just get rich through tricky ways. Normal Chinese, be friends with them is good, but don't mix them with your business.
Do you think so far this is a fact lens? Or just another racist comment? Have you experienced such things? Or it's something way out of your imagination because you haven't dealt with one newcomer? Leave any comments, I even welcome more if you have something against me.