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Southern Weekend: “How to Solve China’s ‘Brain Drain'”

The issue of “brain drain” has been a topic of discussion in China for some time. As China’s best students are offered opportunities to study and work abroad, the nation is finding they often don’t choose to return, and the national resources used to raise and educate them are, in essence, wasted. A 2007 survey suggested that 70% of Chinese students who study abrtoad don’t ever move back to China, and while some suggest that the situation is not that dire, it is certainly clear that China wants ways to attract overseas talent. And these days, they’re not just after study abroad kids who got green cards and never came back, they’re also looking to lure purely foreign talents to Chinese soil.

How can this be accomplished? In a recent op-ed piece in Southern Weekend, Wang Huiyao offers some ideas:

  1. Allow immigration visas for both technical specialists and people who can benefit “national interest”. Attract high level foreign talent to settle down in China with a visa, then apply for a green card, and finally become naturalized citizens. Finally, permit foreigners with talent and education who can benefit the nation to immigrate via visas and apply for green cards even if they are not technical or economic specialists so that they can benefit Chinese education, culture, health, etc.
  2. People at the highest level can directly apply for green cards. Nobel Prize winners, Fortune 500 CEOs, professors at foreign brand-name schools, international leaders in science, the arts, culture, etc., who have achieved outstanding success in their fields — all of them can apply directly for green cards. Those who have invested more than 1 million USD in China or created more than ten jobs in specific professions [in China] can directly apply for an “investor green card”.
  3. A public path from green card to naturalized citizenship. Those who posess a green card and have lived in China longer than 3-5 years may apply to become naturalized citizens if they wish.
  4. For those originally from China and those who were forced to give up Chinese citizenship, grant long-term “overseas compatriot” visa exemptions. At present there’s no dual-citizenship policy, so consider simplifying visa application procedures and directly granting long-term residence permits for those of Chinese origin but born abroad who can be considered high-level talents.
  5. Increase the recruitment of foreign students [to come to China to study]. There are more than a million Chinese students studying abroad in other countries, but little more than 200,000 foreign students studying in China.
  6. Create a mechnaism for attracting international talent, smash the barriers between domestic and foreign within the [extant] system. International experience could become a criterion for promoting cadres, and State-owned enterprises should not make nationality a restriction in their search for talent.
  7. We can consider tacit approval of dual citizenship.

It’s going to take a lot more than that to attract high-level foreign talents to China, although making navigation of the immigration system easier is probably a good first step. Still, Wang seems to be missing the point here. The important question is: what is it about China that causes students who go abroad to abandon it in the first place? After four years of studying abroad, any Chinese student could quite easily return home without any visa or naturalization issues — they would still be Chinese citizens at that point — but they choose not to. Why?

Moreover, is the reason more foreign talents in business and culture haven’t moved to China really that the immigration procedures are too difficult? The United States has — and has had for some time — a nortoriously labyrinthine and strict naturalization process, and yet many Chinese students thrown themselves into it voluntarily upon conclusion of their studies. Why aren’t foreigners willing to do the same thing in China?

The answer to that question is almost certainly quite complex. But how difficult the answer is to uncover doesn’t matter; China is unlikely to ever arrive at an answer if they aren’t asking the right question.

The Truth About Foreigners

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One way or another, many of you were probably aware of the survey for foreigners I constructed over on china/divide. Thanks to links from several different places, the survey has already attracted quite a bit of attention and I think it may be time to try to analyze the results and draw some conclusions.

First, though, we must be clear on what this survey is not. It is not in any way, shape, or form scientific, and it would not hold up to the standards of a real demographic survey of China’s foreign residents. Since it was conducted on the internet, it is possible that people manipulated the results by hacking (although there is no evidence of this having happened), and, as always, it is possible, nay, likely, that at least some people lied in answering the questions. However, the survey was completely anonymous, so there was no real motivation to lie in this case. Additionally, there’s the fact that by conducting this on the internet, and specifically on websites focused on China, the audience for the survey was somewhat self-selecting and probably isn’t a wholly accurate cross-section of China’s foreign population.

Also in the interest of full disclosure, I personally have a vested interest in the belief that all foreigners are not lechers, given than I am about to move back to China and that my fiancee is Chinese.

That said, the results of the survey are still valuable, even if they aren’t really scientific. As I noted in my introduction, many of us suspect that stereotypes about China’s foreign population are untrue, but our evidence is inevitably anecdotal in nature and easily brushed aside. But the survey results reflect the collective experiences of hundreds of in-China expats. It provides a little solid data about a demographic that is often generalized about but largely ignored when it comes time to conduct actual research (later this year, China will count foreigners for the first time ever in its census). It is not, certainly, a smoking gun, but perhaps it is a first step in understanding the expat, one of China’s most esoteric creatures.

Number of Respondents

People were free to pick and choose how many questions they answered, and some questions allow more than one answer per person, which makes counting the number of overall participants difficult. Most questions received more than 350 votes, placing the probable number of respondents somewhere between 350 and 450.

Education Background and Work Experience

In contrast to widespread stereotypes that most foreigners come to China because they’re incapable of finding work at home, or have somehow “failed” in their own countries and hope to succeed in China, the vast majority of foreigners reported a high level of success in education and indicated they felt they could find jobs at home without much trouble if they needed to. 87.2% had graduated from college with a B.A. or B.S., and over 40% reported having done significant graduate work, including earning M.A.s and Ph.Ds. When responding to the hypothetical “If you went home tomorrow, could you find a decent job in your home country?”, 60% said they could, and another 31.4% said they “probably” could.

Most foreigners (39%) said they worked for foreign companies, but many also reported that they were students (19%), English teachers (17%), or members of the media (10%).

Reasons for Coming to China

Despite the belief among some Chinese that foreigners come to China to prey on Chinese women, or because they are fleeing something at home, when the respondents were given a list of reasons and asked to select those that influenced their decision to come to China, “yellow fever”, home problems, and failure to find work accounted for a very small percentage of the votes, accruing just 6%, 2%, and 3%, respectively. Instead, foreigners reported that they came to China for “a change of pace/adventure” (21%), because of interest in Chinese culture and history (19%), because of China’s economy (14%), and to study (13%).

Experience in China

Lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan once told me that foreigners are treated to all kinds of favoritism under Chinese law, but the vast majority of foreigners (69%) reported that they way they were treated by Chinese people depended on the situation, and said that sometimes they felt disrespected by Chinese, but other times, they felt as though Chinese were giving them more respect than they gave their countrymen. 33% of foreigners said they had “encountered prejudice based on [their] race or nationality” in China, and 37% said they had encountered favoritism. (For this question, respondents could select both answers if they felt both applied).

Sexual Experiences and Perceptions of Marriage (General)

Overall, foreigners reported a wide and fairly even range of sexual experience levels. Over the course of their lives to date, 16% of males reported having had 0-1 sexual partner, 20% of men had had 2-4 partners, 16% had 4-7, 16% had 8-15 partners, 14% had 15-30 partners, and 18% had had more than 30 sexual partners. Women reported very similarly spread numbers, with no one option eclipsing 20% of the vote. This confirms that the average foreigner in China has at least some sexual experience, but whether or not they have more experience than the average Chinese person is difficult to determine.

Asked about their attitudes toward marriage and divorce, 35% of foreigners said that marriage “is for life”. 21% said that divorce was permissible in the event of a major problem, such as infidelity or a conflict involving children, and 38.7% said that divorce was permissible if the two parties no longer loved each other. 4.6% said they thought everyone should get divorced, so perhaps 4.6 is our margin of error.

Sexual Experiences and Marriage with Regards to Chinese Men/Women

Foreigners have long been viewed by some Chinese people as lecherous creeps. Foreign men, in particular, have been charged with a great many crimes against Chinese women in the court of public opinion, but our survey responses show that these attitudes may be unfair. When asked whether they respected Chinese women as much as women from their own countries, 81% responded yes, and 12% said that they weren’t sure or that it was difficult for them to assess themselves. Only 8% said they respected Chinese women less.

When asked what percentage of their sexual partners to date were Chinese, very few men responded that they dated Chinese women exclusively. In fact, most men reported (41%) that only between 0 % and 15% of their past sexual partners were Chinese. Another 27% said that between 15 and 50% of their past sexual partners were Chinese, and only 12% reported that they had only ever slept with Chinese women. This flies in the face of stereotypical perceptions that foreigners come to China because they “cannot get women” in their home countries or have otherwise “struck out” with non-Chinese women. Additionally, 57% of men reported that they were not, on average, more attracted to Chinese women than to women of their own race.

75% of foreign men said they would “seriously consider” marrying a Chinese girl, despite the omnipresent “foreigners are playboys who don’t take relationships seriously” stereotype.

Foreign women reported that, in general, they had not been in relationships with Chinese men before (71%) and had never had sex with a Chinese man before (69%). Interestingly, when asked to what degree they are attracted to Chinese men, many women (36%) said that they aren’t more or less attracted to Chinese men than they are to men of their own race. But 24% said they were not as physically attracted to Chinese men as they were to other men, and 26% said that they found Chinese men’s cultural habits or general behavior unattractive.

Still, 57% of women said they would seriously consider marrying a Chinese man.

Conclusions

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey results seem to contradict popular stereotypes about foreigners in China. There are, of course, legitimate questions to be asked about the legitimacy of the collection method and the possibility of voting fraud, but if nothing else, the survey provides a much larger sample size to draw from than most of us can find in our daily lives. Whether you believe the results reflect the entire foreign population or not, it’s clear that at least for a significant segment of it, the Chinese popular wisdom on foreigners and interracial relations is just plain wrong.

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What an Idiot Foreigner Shows Us About Xenophobia and Sexism in China

This post has been translated into Chinese for our Chinese site. 请点此看中文译文

WARNING: This post contains explicit language. Put the kids to bed first.

This video was being passed around on Twitter a week or two ago. It’s embedded below, but in case you can’t see it or it loads slowly because you’re outside China, it’s a drunk foreigner, apparently married to a Chinese woman, making an idiot of himself. The video title says he’s “beating” his father in law, but no “beating” really occurs, just a little grabbing and shoving as Captain Drunkface is flailing around on the ground. Here’s the video:

Let me get this out of the way first: the guy is clearly a moron, and deserves most of the abuse netizens can heap upon him. But the reason he deserves a bit of abuse isn’t because he’s foreign, or because he’s married to a Chinese girl, it’s because he is a moron. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I am not operating from a neutral position here, since I’m a foreigner who is engaged to a Chinese woman.

Another disclaimer: I am aware that this kind of stuff exists in all cultures, and the internet is a prime breeding ground for xenophobic misogynists. This, as ever, is a blog about China. I’m not suggesting Americans, or the Dutch, or anyone else, are any better, just suggesting that the phenomenon might be worth looking at in China.

With that said, let’s take a look at some of the comments netizens have posted on the video. I’ve selectively translated ((i.e., these comments are not representative of the whole community commenting on that video, just a part of it. That said, it did not take me much effort to find any of these quotations.)) those that I think connect to xenophobia and/or sexism and tried to categorize them, though many fall into both categories.

Xenophobic Comments

Most of these comments were chosen because they contain the term 洋鬼子, or “foreign devil”, which is probably the most derogatory Mandarin slur for foreigners.

“Worthless foreign devil.”

“The foreign devil should be detained; however, that police officer speaking some English isn’t bad.”

“Not all about foreign devils is good, many people who worship foreign things are just scared.”

“Foreign devils acting wild in China, it all comes from the Manchu period of backwardness and humiliation.”

“Foreign devils, bah!”

“In my life, I will not marry or even like a foreigner. And when I have kids, I will not allow them to marry foreigners.”

“Women who marry foreign devils are truly worthless. Women who marry this kind of guy are even worse.”

“Truly disgusting. When they’re drunk, the true evil in the hearts of foreigners is perfectly revealed.”

“Foreign garbage.” [A lot of people made this comment]

The fact that this video is even popular in the first place is evidence that foreigners are treated differently by many Chinese. After all, drunken idiots being hauled off by the police is something you can see on any street corner in China (or anywhere else in the world). And the fact that everyone feels the need to say “this foreign guy” instead of just “this guy” shows us that there’s a clear interest in keeping him separate from anything “Chinese.” He is the Other.

Fair enough. I must admit, I myself would be relieved if I had some proof this guy wasn’t American, because it’s embarrassing to be associated with his behavior. Furthermore, the situation is complicated by the fact that many commenters feel the man received special treatment because of his race and say he would have been dealt with more swiftly and violently had he been Chinese. We don’t, of course, know anything about the predilections of the police officer in question, so that assertion is impossible to evaluate conclusively, but it is certainly possible. No one would deny that on the whole, foreigners often receive special treatment from Chinese police.

But regardless, there’s a lot of anger directed at the man’s foreignness, rather than at his behavior or at his having received special treatment. The term 洋鬼子, a harsh enough bit of invective that very few Chinese people would say it to a foreigner’s face, is thrown around in these comment sections as though it were the proper term of “foreigner”. It’s a bit like reading comments on a news story about a black criminal that are full of the word “n****r”.

My concern here is not that the Chinese aren’t properly PC, because who cares. What concerns me is what’s behind the language choice, thousands of commenters taking one bad moment in the life of a single foreigner and using it to spread hundred-year-old stereotypes and apply them to the entirety of the non-Chinese world, i.e. around 5/6 of the planet. In using slurs to refer to the foreigner, many people seem to be implying what that one commenter made explicit: there is something explicitly different and evil about foreigners, and they hide it to trick us.

Old Chinese Drawing of a Foreigner

Comments Concerning Chinese Women with Foreigners

Many of these comments are inherently sexist and xenophobic.

“When you marry a foreigner, even your own father will get hurt.”

“How many Chinese girls are happy with foreigners? Chinese men are better.”

“Why would [she] want to marry a foreigner?”

“I don’t really get why so many women like being fucked by foreign guys.”

“In truth, it’s not [just] being obsessed with foreign things. I just don’t get women these days…”

“Our family has a coarse saying: don’t let foreigners fuck good cunts!”

“I once saw a group of Northeasterners beating up two foreigners, the foreigners were drunk and had been catcalling at a Chinese girl. Then three northeasterners came along and beat those foreigners till they were kneeling. One foreigner might have actually been unconscious, he was lying on the ground…”

“A loss of face? Chinese people have already lost all the face there is to lose. And this old guy? How could he marry his daughter to this foreigner? Is avoiding [another] loss of face enough? Just quickly divorce the guy, don’t lose any more face.”

“Don’t let the next generation of Chinese be mixed-race! This is not only tarnishing Chinese families, but it is a humiliation to the great traditions of the Chinese people!”

“Who raised this girl? All of her “benefits” flowing into the “fields” of a foreigner, it would be better to just have a dog instead of this kind of daughter.”

The issues here are complex. The concept of “face” being as important as it is in China, many of the commenters felt this woman had lost face for China by marrying such an idiot. Many more felt marrying foreigners in general was a loss of face, and wondered why she couldn’t just marry a Chinese guy. Love, or the personalities of the man and the woman, never entered into the equation. I didn’t see a single comment wondering what it was she saw in him in the first place, just a lot calling her “worthless” and comparing her unfavorably to a dog for having married a “garbage foreigner” and being someone who “worships foreign things”.

Of course, when a foreign girl offers Chinese men so much as a hug, Chinese men are clamoring over her. It’s not traitorous for Chinese men to drool over, have sex with, or marry foreign women. In fact, it is glorious, a conquest of sorts. But many of these comments imply Chinese women don’t have the same freedoms, even if the foreigner they’re with isn’t a drunken idiot, the fact that he’s a foreigner at all is enough to make them “worthless” in the eyes of their male countrymen.

Yes, I am aware the internet is an mostly-male, sexist place. I’m also aware that taking a stand against sexism and xenophobia isn’t exactly gutsy or cutting edge. But regardless, these comments are real, and judging by the number of people who’ve written things like them, people who actually believe this stuff aren’t rare at all, so I think they’re worth looking at and talking about, at least for a day.

What are your thoughts? (Hint: this is the part where you say I’m overreacting, trying to “force Western values on China”, or make conjectures about my personal life!)

Discussion Section: An All-Foreign Ghetto in Chengdu?

So much has been said about Tibet that we’re going to ignore it (except to say that this is stupid). Instead, let’s talk about this (hat tip to Chengdu Living for the link).

Basically, Chengdu is constructing a high end district that will house around 5,000 foreigners — no Chinese allowed. Foreigners, it seems, won’t be able to buy any property in the district, only rent it. The idea, of course, is to attract investment and, to some extent, to control the way foreigners experience the city. Still, we have to ask, is there anyone who thinks this is a good idea?

According to Chengdu Living, netizens have already started calling it a modern day concession, comparing it to the portions of Chinese territory that were carved out and ceded to foreign countries in the 1800s. Foreigners have also expressed concerns about the project, as many enjoy feeling as though they live in a foreign country and not a Westernized ghetto.

Personally, I expect it will be a disaster, and I remain amused by the idea that all foreigners share common cultural practices: “Of course all the foreigners should live together! After all, they’re all from Foreign Country, right? They can get together and celebrate their Foreign Holiday!”

So what do you think? All-foreigner living quarters in Chengdu: a good idea or a disaster waiting to happen?

Favoring Foreigners

There is a reason that when the topic of racism in China comes up, many Chinese think of the preferential treatment foreigners sometimes receive, rather than anything else. (including famous lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan, who told us “Chinese law gives foreigners all sorts of special privileges” when we contacted him for this post). In reading about the KaiEn English fiasco, I found a pretty good example.

The short version of what seems like a rather over-dramatized story is that the heads of a Shanghai English school ran out of money and left the school more or less overnight, leaving a trail of unpaid employees and untaught students who had already paid tuitions in their wake. I have absolutely no interest in entering into the speculation about whose fault this is, or how (if at all) it’s connected to ChinesePod. I did, however, find this sentence from the Shanghai Daily rather interesting:

Foreign teachers of KaiEn English Training Center, which closed suddenly earlier this week, will receive 20 to 30 percent of their lost salary tomorrow as the first batch of life aid, the Chinese partner of the joint institution announced today.

Chinese staff and students were told to wait until the financial situation of the school was figured out.

[…]

Foreign teachers said that they are owed at least 2 months of salary ranging from 12,000 yaun to 40,000 yuan, even higher.

Chinese teachers’ salaries were delayed even longer on average, though their monthly wage is lower.

Obviously, everyone involved deserves to be paid — in full — for the work that they did, but honestly examining the situation, wouldn’t it make more sense to pay the Chinese teachers before the foreigners? After all, the foreigners were making more money. If KaiEn’s payment works like many of the English schools in China, foreign staff were probably payed somewhere between two to six times the salary of the Chinese staff (and they probably worked fewer hours than the Chinese staff, too). Aren’t the foreign teachers thus more likely to be able to hold out for a bit longer without salary than the Chinese staff who were being paid less? And frankly, aren’t they going to have an easier time finding other work as an English teacher than the Chinese staff probably are?

Now, to be fair, I have no special knowledge about the workings of KaiEn English specifically, nor do I know anyone who worked there personally. Given that, perhaps it’s best to put the question to you: wouldn’t it have made more sense to pay the Chinese staff first, or to pay everyone a smaller amount at the same time? Why were the foreigners paid first?

On Dating Foreigners and Penis Size

[This is a translation of a post on Hecaitou’s blog. We’ll repeat that, since this is the sort of thing that gets foreigners beat up if someone decides we wrote it: THIS IS A TRANSLATION. Moreso than our other translations we’d urge you to check with the original on this if you have any doubts as this was a bit difficult to translate in places. Also, there’s some sexually explicit stuff in here, so put the kids to bed before you read this one.]

UPDATE: As per this story, etc., it seems the human flesh search engines have exposed this “girl” to be a man fabricating the story to get a reaction because he was annoyed at seeing mixed race couples on public transportation. Sorry for not catching it earlier.

Main Post (by Zheng Qiang, a Zhejiang University Professor):

Education should lead China to self-respect. But now when we see foreigners we bow our heads, and girls who see garbage, ordinary foreigners want to be with them. Comrades, in the face of foreigners we have no dignity! Among the my fellow study-abroad students at Tokyo University, I was the only one to come back [to China], but Japanese people honor me for living with spirit and integrity.

Response Post (by a self-described female Zhejiang University student):

At Zhejiang University, there are many girls who, like me, are dating foreigners. I’m young and beautiful, witch excellent grades, and many people pursue me, but I’m dissatisfied with Chinese men. Please tell me, is that not conducting myself with dignity? Loving whom we choose, is this wrong?

One of the most beloved professors at Zhejiang University suddenly said in the middle of a formal speech, “[Our] school has some girls who aren’t conducting themselves with dignity, as soon as they see a garbage, ordinary foreigner they want to be with them.” This sentence directly attacks me, and inconveniences me as those garbage, ordinary Chinese men are now attacking us because of this, and even going after my parents. Today I must post this challenge of authority to scold you.

Because of your speech, men curse and disturb me, saying, is it because the laowai can give you an orgasm more easily?

Yes, so what, I can have an orgasm every night, compared to the dinosaur-women lying by your side not knowing if you’re even in yet because it’s so weak.

Actually, it’s these male students who are being spiritually raped, repeatedly, by the foreigners.

And what do the male students at our school do? Every day, the same three things: flirt with girls, surf the net, play basketball.

Flirt with girls? At other schools I don’t know, but at Zhejiang University all the beautiful, excellent girls are taken by foreigners. First class girls are all sleeping in villas, second class girls are sleeping in hotels and flats, only third class girls can accompany these wretched looking Chinese guys in their tiny dormitory beds, and facing a roommate, fool around a bit. If they’re not ashamed, I’m ashamed for them. Walking on the roads of our school you can tell, you won’t see even a single beautiful girl, the mighty pile of leftovers like half-cooked things, however you look at them they’re like un-evolved dinosaurs. So Chinese men don’t even have the hope of competing; nevermind working the body or mind, it is firstly a complete mental/psychological impotence. There’s nothing to be done, [so] the leftover dinosaurs are all treasures too, oh! Pathetic scholars.

What to do when impotent? Well, there’s surfing the net. Male students, legends and magical beasts in a pile of Korean games, don’t curse girls for liking Korea, aren’t you all relying completely on Korean games for your pleasure, climaxing repeatedly, entranced?

Aside from surfing the net, what can you do? Basketball, why is it basketball and not football? Chinese men all know, because the men’s soccer team don’t even have the spirit to masturbate. They don’t even have the freedom to imagine a climax, so they turn to basketball for their gratification. It’s good and bad that with this they can still have some sexual thoughts. Looking at the basketball courts, this time it’s not just once they’ve been raped by African-americans. In the CBA, it’s all American blacks bullying the Chinese, just watching makes you angry. So they just like to watch the NBA, at least there’s still Yao Ming and A Lian; as a result the male students can have an orgasm again from watching the NBA. In dreams all they want is to weak Nikes, and squeezing into a pair they feel they’re finally worth something. Tsk, and basketballs? They must use Spalding. I watch the NBA too, because my boyfriend does, he says in America there’re no Spaldings under $100, from the beginning no one even thought of the Chinese market, and they’re even sluggish in attacking fakes. But in China 90% of Spaldings are fake, and those that aren’t are low-grade balls, God, the male students have such tastes, wearing fake brand names and playing with fake balls, I can only say, male students: even thinking about sex and touching yourselves can bring orgasm. Actually, everyone knows Nikes are made in China, they’re just passed onto foreigners who sell them directly to you. Tell me, how many people would choose Anta or Li Ning? Who even knows that the Chinese national basketball teams’ official basketball is called “Quanxing”. The advertisements of this ball are also shocking: “National spirit, Quanxing balls.” However one looks, it’s “National stupidity, Quanxing balls”; all together it’s “no-good bastard”.* But it’s a perfect gift for Zhejiang University guys or Professor Zheng.

Subways are collapsing on us, milk is harming the next generation, coal mines are killing people every day, an official who doesn’t embezzle is uncommon. A country like this, Prof. Zheng, does it or does it not suit “National stupidity, Quanxing balls”

Don’t talk about loving my country, my country doesn’t love me, I love its ass.

You say Zhejiang University still has some good, studious Chinese men, yes! They have no standards, some of my female classmates boyfriends dump them as soon as they get into American schools, the tragic result of four years of washing clothes, paying out of pocket, sleeping [with the guys], that’s what’s really low! […] And as soon as they can go abroad they think their dicks are longer, long like a giraffe, their heads lifted, blindly looking forward to marrying whatever wealthy American maiden they can find who will hold their hands and lead them into elite society. They’re dreaming, of their darling America dancing ballet, [but] when you go abroad a toothpick is still a toothpick. Even filling a condom is a miracle, and they feel they’re really something. So, I’d rather marry an African-American and get a green card! Marrying an African-American is the same on the spiritual side, and on the physical side the orgasms are real. So marrying a black American is the result of us conducting ourselves with dignity.

Don’t say again that girls aren’t carrying themselves well, look at the boys! You, Prof. Zheng, are helping them find reasons and write off responsibility with excuses, how did you put it? It’s created in primary school, in primary school the Yin [female] is strong and the Yang [male] is weak. Boys are controlled by the girls. Students are a product line and are being forged starting from kindergarden, true, but you can’t put all the responsibility on the past! Are these the words of a professor who takes responsibility? If you don’t think of a way to make male college students take responsibility, then you’re just giving them an excuse to shirk it. What kind of professor are you, you don’t know how to teach boys, please look at how the military trains its new recruits, how your grandfather spoils you at home, how female teachers are soft with you, and it all comes back. Never mind, scholars never understand the military, you’re just an impractical old scholar; at most you just have a tiny bit of the blood of the [real, upright and courageous] scholars.

Oh right, there’s one more thing I can’t help but say, weren’t you all talking about patriotism? That year when the University smashed a Japanese car, what did Prof. Zheng say: “I drive a Japanese car to promote opposing the Japanese at a high level, it’s like if I bought a Japanese gun during the war and used it to kill Japanese people, it’s the same logic.” I say, “bah!”, what logic is that? Using a gun to attack Japanese is to kill them, your “promotion of opposing the Japanese”, at best, just increases their reputation. Courageous you, buy a Japanese car and use it to crash into Japanese people! Typical masturbatory professor. Really, what kind of professor is this, teaching what kind of students, they’re all no-good bastards. Sorry, I should be a bit more restrained and say it this way: they’re all Quanxing Balls.**

*[This sentence relies on a couple untranslatable puns. The word for stupidity used here, 浑, sounds like the word for “spirit” in the original ad, the name of the company (全兴球) has been changed to 全姓球,then the 浑 and 球 are added to form 浑球,“no-good bastard”.]

**[See above, same pun.]

Some of the Comments from Hecaitou

This girl is definitely from the Northeast, haha!

Don’t insult Northeastern girls.

Girls today…

Watching the video of Professor Song’s [Communist] Party class, I can at most go three minutes before I start cursing.

“Throwing a brick attracts treasure”. The main post is the brick, the response is the treasure. One earthen brick, one absolute treasure.

I’ve never seen such a shameless rabble-rouser like this girl, it really makes on nauseous! I tried to bear it without throwing up and finally finished reading it.

These days even making love wants to get into politics! However, I feel the girls words make more sense than the “professor’s” do. [This commenter used two characters with similar pronunciation to “professor” but that actually read “called beast” to create a pun]

[Edit: Many thanks to Hemulen, I’ve changed the professor’s name from “Song” to “Zheng,” sorry for the confusion…I was pretty tired when I translated this. Also, someone pointed out ChinaSMACK translated a similar piece a while back, the two pieces are not the same but for reference the ChinaSMACK one is here.]