Sherlock Could Not See Through the Racism

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Sherlock Holmes (the private detective) has always been a fascinating figure for Western audiences, because of his pristine use of rationality, reason, and logic, and his astonishing ability to ‘see’ or ‘perceive’ more than others.  The BBC’s re-imagining of the Arthur Conan-Doyle characters in its 2010 series entitled ‘Sherlock’ (starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role) utilises entertaining and very clever scripts created by Dr Who writers Steve Moffat, Mark Gatiss and others, and has been incredibly successful not only in the UK, but also across the world.  It is a BBC series that can be described as lavishly produced and superbly acted, with Sherlock’s breath-taking ‘deductions’ around crime-scenes often sending shivers down the spine and making the air seem to ‘crackle’ with creative electricity, whilst the other characters look on in a type of impotent amazement!  Sherlock, again and again demonstrates a relentless ability to think clearly and discern even the slightest of relevant facts from an often confusing jumble of information, and ‘perceive’ how those facts ‘fit together’ to reveal the truth of who committed a crime, where, when, how and with whom, etc.  Although Sherlock often presents ‘adult’ themes of murder and mayhem in its episodes, the use of logic and reason to assess the material world is a good example of ‘rationality’ over ‘superstition’.

Given that Sherlock Holmes – the master detective who possesses the power to bring duplicitous people to their knees just through the power of his insight – then why as a character could he not ‘see through’ the obvious anti-Chinese racism that appeared throughout the script of the 2010 episode of Sherlock entitled ‘The Blind Banker’ (S1E2)?  This episode was written by Stephen Thompson, who amongst other work has written scripts for Dr Who since 2011 – even co-writing with Steve Moffat for the 2014 Dr Who episode entitled ‘Time Heist’.  Thompson has also been responsible for two other Sherlock episodes entitled ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ (2012) and the ‘The Sign of Three’ (2012) co-written with Moffat and Gatiss.  The misrepresentation of Chinese history, Chinese culture, and Chinese people is so thorough in its ignorance that one cannot but conclude that Thompson used for his inspiration, the equally racist 1977 Dr Who episode entitled the ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’, where the BBC script writers saw fit to include the ethnic slur ‘ch*nk’ on more than one occasion.  Thirty-five years on, and the British born Chinese lead actor in ‘The Blind Baker’ – Gemma Chan – is asked by modern white British producers at the BBC to ‘put on’ a terrible Chinese accent that is supposed to represent how white British ‘hear’ Chinese people when they talk in England.  In fact Gemma Chan speaks with a refined English accent which is easily discernible in her lead-role for the Channel 4 2015 Sci-fi series ‘Humans’.  Although the word ‘ch*nk’ is omitted, Thompson provides all the stupid Eurocentric and racist stereotypes that have been evident for hundreds of years in the UK, and which form the bedrock of anti-Chinese racism.  What is even more worrying about this blatant racist misrepresentation of Chinese people in the UK is that other British ‘white’ executives at the BBC vetted Thompson’s script and then ‘okayed’ it for production!

Not only this, but Cumberbatch is seen making comments such as ‘no one can get a visa’ to travel outside of China – playing on the stereotype that modern China is a despotic country – when in fact hundreds of thousands of Chinese people (which includes a large number of students) travel to the West on a regular basis.  Of course, in true racist style, Thompson depicts the Chinese people as weird, stupid, sinister, sub-human, insane in their ambitions, obsessive, secretive, naturally drawn to crime, irrational, possessing animal-like skills due to their retarded evolutionary development, violent, unreasonable, pleading, inscrutable, uncaring and unable to think clearly.  This disgusting portrayal of the Chinese people in the UK can be compared with the modern US depiction of Sherlock Holmes where Dr Watson is positively played by Chinese-American Actor Lucy Liu.  Perhaps the strangest manifestation of Thompson’s racial stereotyping lies in the fact that Gemma Chan’s character (Soo Lin Yao) is seen at one point deciding to live in a cupboard at the museum, so that she can be near to the ‘teapots’ she obsessively tends!  Even more bizarrely, the main protagonist is of course a Chinese acrobat whose speciality lies in the fact that he can enter and leave any building in a ‘weird’ manner – but which actually turns-out to just be the ability to fit through open windows.  Whatever his skills, the Chinese actor playing this part, although central to the plot and seen on screen a number of times, remains ‘uncredited’ on the BBC website.  Every Chinese person is depicted as being a member of, or victim of a Chinese crime syndicate (the ‘Tong’) when in fact China has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, and the members of the Chinese diaspora are generally well behaved.  Chinese people do not possess the ability to ‘live’ appropriately in the modern world and so must exist in dark allies or Tube tunnels, when not existing in strange curiosity shops or attending the Chinese circus.  This appalling racist misrepresentation of a part of UK society was lauded as a ‘success’ by the white press, with even the liberal Guardian Newspaper claiming this episode ‘better’ than the first!  The inability for intelligent white people to discern what is and is not racist proves that the UK is still a very racist country.  Ethnic minorities who suffer this type of routine and casual racism are so oppressed that they are made to feel that they should not complain – but they should use their brains and complain away.  Racism must be fought on every front to protect those in the future being victims of it.  Thompson’s ill-gotten script ensures Victorian anti-Chinese racism lives anew in the 21st century.  What about a Sherlock episode that sees the detective ‘seeing through’ Eurocentric racism, and revealing its links to a vicious Eurocentricism and imperialism?

A Ch’an Monk Walks Though the Sky

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Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD

A photograph from the 1930’s showing a Ch’an Buddhist monk in China serenely walking across a very narrow bridge comprised of a narrow chain of iron links over a drop of thousands of a feet. This monk is from the Ch’an Temple on Mount Dou Tu, not far from the area of Sichuan province known as Jiangyou. This test of tranquillity and balance derives from the fact that these Ch’an monks also practice Chinese martial arts as part of their meditative training. This training is like that which has been recorded in novels, but its practice is rarely seen in real life as these monks live a life of strict isolation on the mountain, practicing seated meditation and perfected movement. All these monks pursue the Dao of the Divine-sky (hence the ability to walk through the sky) whilst devoutly upholding the Vinaya Discipline.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.

Original Chinese Language Source Text:

http://pic.people.com.cn/BIG5/164277/16492183.html

中國老照片中的離奇事件 (7)

30年代,四川江油竇圖山上的寺廟,僧侶以簡易的鐵索為橋,踏索越塹。下面雖是凌空萬丈,而照片中的僧侶卻神色若定,步伐穩健,仿佛舊時小說所稱的武林中人。僧人們離群索居,孤山一隅潛心修行,或有修得獨門秘術,以待他日出山替天行道也。

Zionism as National Socialism

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Fascism is a rightwing ideology that advocates the single-minded pursuance of racialised myth that is highly dangerous and destructive to humanity in general, and to the Jewish peoples of the world in particular.  The racism of anti-Semitism is probably as old as the Jewish faith itself, and has been evident throughout the world since ancient times, to varying degrees.  The industrialised murder of millions of Jewish men, women and children (as well as other ethnic minorities, homosexuals and political dissidents) during the Nazi German Holocaust of WWII, saw anti-Semitism reach a new peak in the application of its destructive ideology.  Anti-Semitism is believed to operate as an a priori constituent of non-Jewish psychology, and has even been applied from time to time to describe Jewish people accused of being ‘self-hating’.  Although an irrational fear and hatred of Jews and everything Jewish, anti-Semitism has often been viewed as a response to the Jewish theological assertion that those who happen to be born into Jewish families are spiritually (and therefore ethnically) superior to non-Jews, and the perceived fact that Jewish men have been historically viewed as being very good and profitable business people, amassing great fortunes at the expense of non-Jewish communities.  Like any form of racism, hatred is the basis of anti-Semitism, regardless of any other attempt at ideologically justifying its presence.

Zionism as pursued by the modern State of Israel is a fascist ideology that is in many ways identical to its Nazi German equivalent.  Zionism is not so much a self-defensive response to anti-Semitism (as its ideologues would have you believe) but is in fact the embracing of fascist ideology by predominantly ‘white’ Jews of European descent.  From the late 1800’s and into the 1900’s, European Jews living in ‘Palestine’ propagated a ‘racial’ superiority between themselves – the chosen children of god – the gentile British colonial authorities, and the racially and religiously inferior Palestinian people.  The Jews of Palestine, whilst ruthlessly pursuing the racist ideology of Zionism, never suffered any ‘holocaust’ in the Middle East at the time when millions of their fellow Jews were being hunted down and exterminated by the Nazi German regime.  Ironically whilst never actual allies of the Nazi German regime, the Palestinian Jews perpetuated exactly the same fascist ideology tailored for their own particular use.  In Palestine it was the white ethnic Jew that was superior to the Arabic Palestinian Muslim or Christian.  Whereas Hitler blamed the Jews for every ill under the sun, the Zionists blamed the Palestinian Arabs.  Where Hitler stated that the German people suffered untold misery at the hands of the Jews, the Zionists blamed the Palestinians for every perceived injustice.  Just as Hitler militarily acquired the land of others for German people to live on, the modern State of Israel, from its inception, used unjustified military force to illegally deprive the Palestinians of their own country.  Just as Hitler blamed the victims of the holocaust for the holocaust itself, the Israeli Zionists blame the Palestinians for the Jewish invasion and occupation of Palestine.  Hitler ‘imagined’ that German Jews were the enemy within and justified their murder in these terms.  Zionist Israelis view the Palestinians in exactly the same manner.  The difference is that Hitler’s murderous regime was defeated and his killing of Jews was stopped by the allies, but in the case of Israel, Palestinian men, women, and children are still continuously being murdered on the streets by the Israeli military, for no other reason than being a ‘non-Jew’.

Zionism is fascism, and fascism routinely uses ‘lying’ as a legitimate political ideology.  Israeli Zionists – with the aid of the US – perpetuate the myth that modern Israel is premised upon biblical Israel.  However, just as Hitler imagined German Aryans originating in Tibet, Israeli Zionists mistake the mythology of the bible for historical fact.  Zionist historians, just like their Nazi German counter-parts – re-write history and manufacture lies as facts.  Palestinian Jews have never suffered any anti-Semitic attacks in the Middle East, and yet Israeli Zionists continuously justify their murdering of innocent Palestinians through recourse to anti-holocaust rhetoric – as if the ordinary Palestinians are Nazi Germans and the Israeli military is fighting to free trapped Jews from the death camps.  None of this is true.  Palestine is not, and has never been Nazi Germany.  In fact Palestine has never possessed an army.  Many Palestinians defend themselves from heavily armed Israeli soldiers by throwing stones before they are shot dead.  World Jewry does not unquestionably support Zionism and is involved in many protests against it.  Like any form of fascism (and racism) Zionism must be exposed for the lie that it is, and the broader non-Jewish community should assist the Jewish community in this task.  Many historians of Jewish origins are today dismantling the racist myths of Zionism and presenting the true history of the Jews in Palestine, and the fascist distortions of the facts by the modern State of Israel.  Israelis live within a destructive mythology that routinely murders a non-European ethnic group (the Palestinians) and we are told by Israeli apologists that this is right.  Zionism is not ‘right’ in anyway and its lies are being exposed by such prominent Jewish commentators as Miko Paled, Benny Morris, Ilan Pappe, and Avi Shlaim.  I support Judaism but oppose Zionist fascism.

 

 

Two Year-Old ‘Drowsy’ Meditating Monk in Thailand

Original Chinese Language Article By: www.roll.sohu.com

(Translated Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

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The photographs of this young monk is Thailand have gone viral. This two and a half year old novice monk is called Nongkorn and lives at a Buddhist temple in Central Thailand’s Nonthaburi province. He was apparently only three months old when he started meditating with the adult monks and accompanying them on alms-rounds. As he is so young he often becomes drowsy during periods of seated meditation.

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©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.

Original Chinese Language Source Article:

http://roll.sohu.com/20150808/n418425033.shtml

泰国小和尚打坐犯困萌化网友 泰国2岁小和尚打坐犯困照(组

简述:

【泰国小和尚萌化网友】泰国暖武里府寺庙有一位小和尚nongkorn,年方两岁半。三个月大的时候就跟着师傅们起居、化缘,打坐……因为年纪小,常常在打坐中犯困。

泰国暖武里府寺

Huanglong Ch’an Poem

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An isolated hut on a mountain-top that towers above a thousand-peaks,

In one half an old monk – the other half a cloud.

Last night a storm blew the cloud away,

The cloud did not equal the old monk’s silent manner.

Original Chinese Language Text:

http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_464cd0330100kw9o.html

黄龙禅宗诗

千峰顶上一间屋,

 老僧半间云半间。

昨夜云随风雨去;

到头不似老僧闲。

 

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