Lee Siu Hin:Journey to My Home--Happy Spring Festival (AKA Chinese New Year)!
- Lee Siu Hin : Journey to My Home--Happy Spring Festival (A.K.A. Chinese New Year) of 2012 Dragon from China!Greeting from Shanghai, China! Middle of my China-US solidarity working for building bi-national activist solidarity movement.January 23rd marks the Chinese Spring Festival (A.K.A. Chinese New Year of Lunar New Year)--the year of Dragon.I wishes you a happy new year and lots of love, joy and happiness!The Spring Festival is the most important holiday in China also commonly celebrated in many east-Asian countries. Unlike many western and middle eastern countries where holidays are religious-based celebrations (like Easter, Christmas, Ramadan, etc.) Almost all Chinese holidays are cultural/historical or agricultural calendar-based celebrations.Spring Festival (correct way to call Chinese New Year) marks the beginning of the Spring in Lunar Calendar, mark the end of the year and the beginning of the new year to prepare Spring farming. Just like Christmas, people travel aboard will coming back the home to celebrate with their families.I travel to my home in Tianjin, China to visit my father in the hospital, celebrate with my mother and other family members for a big meal.Beside dinner, hundreds of Millions of people will be watching 4-hours long CCTV-1's 春晚 (chun wan), aka the CCTV New Year's Gala counting down to new year (http://www.globaltimes.cn/opinion/commentary/2010-02/505126.html), and going to new New Year temple fair across China.(Hundreds of thousands visit Beijing's New Year Temple Fair in Ditan: http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/693433/New-Year-temple-fair-in-Ditan.aspx)The importance of Spring Festival is beyond a massive holiday, it impacts everyone in China. nearly billion of people will be travel back to their home at the so-called 40-days Chunyun (春运) period, the World's largest human migration movement [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chunyun].This year's Chunyun will be expected to make around 3.16 billion passenger trips [http://www.china.org.cn/china/2012-01/23/content_24472408.htm] which means around a round-trip per every Chinese in China (population approx.13.3 billion).For a average Chinese migrant workers and students they it could be their only chance for few years to return their home for the holidays. Ticket is always very difficult to buy, and the trip could be very long. Recently, Internet had circulated a person need to take 5-days/5-trains 4,000 KM (approx. 2,500 miles) trips from Tianjin to Yining for visiting his family.Many workers also need to fight for their wages as well, right before the new year many company bosses also cheat worker's wages, they need to fight to get their money back.Across my father's Tijian hospital, there're dozen workers protest the real estate developer who had cheated 20 million Chinese Yuan (approx. 3 million USD) back wages.Last year I had busy working and traveling between China and US to build bi-national activist solidarity and justice movements. Our office in the Wuxi has been open, we had many networking opportunities meeting with many activists, youth, academia, government officials from different areas at across China.There's many success as well as difficulties, while I am Chinese speaks Mandarin fluently, yet they still looking me as "foreigner" giving me different types of stereo-type assumptions (as well as unnecessary social privileges). I always need hide my overseas status (as Hong Kong-born Chinese-American), to be very humble in order to overcome our communication differences and distrust.Every time I back to China I see many happiness and hope, feeling the better with facing less racism, oppression and exploitation then US, yet not everyone want to see a happier prosper China (then U.S.)The steady rise of China's right wing pro-US/anti-communist neo-con/neo-liberals forces had been highly alarmed me, they have deep roots from US covert financial and political background; they can be comes with many faces claim to be the people's savior: workers' rights, anti-corruption, human rights, independence, environmental rights, disarmament, cyber activism and so on. The keep recycling everything in China under communist party and Socialism is hell--only fully surrender to learn to become Christian capitalist US is the only manifest density for China's future--The same dirty tricks had been using in the middle east and the East Europe in the past--They're simply the ideological "words of war" fights between left/progressive vs right/pro-US, it's the life-and-death fight between inviting western imperial colonization vs. anti-imperialism.
One of the hot international topic these days in China is Iran and Syria, while most Chinese supports the Iranian and Syrian government against the western-US middle-east corrupted oil monarchy backed oppositions, the pro-US "liberals" pumping their rhetoric based on US Fox TV right wing propaganda with false human rights accusations, and repeatedly arguing there's no other way but inviting US-NATO to invade them, recycling: "burn the village to save it" lies. The same deceptions had been used in Vietnam, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Panama and most recently, in Libya.
As a former long-time undocumented oppressed people of color Chinese-American activist in US, I know what's going on US and it's covert and overt intension for China. For the year of Dragon I need to work hard to unite true peace and justice activist from the both country to build a true mutually respect bi-national Solidarity movements that can be unite us together to fight for our common enemy, and this is my Year of Dragon wishes...Lee Siu Hin
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