美国黑人歌唱家保罗.罗伯逊 (Paul Robeson 1898-1976)

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Paul Robeson – Socialist Revolutionary

保罗.罗伯逊 (Paul Robeson,1898-1976),美国著名男低音歌唱家、演员、社会活动家。  1898 年4 月9 日,保罗? 罗伯逊出生于美国新泽西州普林斯顿的一个黑人牧师家庭。早年在穆维尔高级学校求学期间,就曾参加过莎士比亚戏剧的演出。1923年毕业于哥伦比亚大学法律系,此后一直从事戏剧演出和电影拍摄等活动。1925年在纽约哈伦剧院举行第一次黑人灵歌独唱会,大获成功。1927年,他在美国著名音乐剧《游览船》中演唱了《老人河》一曲,

由此一举成名。他通晓多种语言,能用英、法、俄、汉等二十余种语言歌唱,其音色浑厚、深沉,具有黑人歌唱家所特有的魅力。据说他在室内演唱时,其雄浑的低音能把窗户的玻璃震得隆隆作响,可见他的功力。他曾担任美国黑人进步组织“非洲事务会议”的主席,关注黑人的平等权利,并为改善劳工的生产和生活条件而呼吁。他还写有文字著作《我站在这儿》、《黑人民族的歌曲》等。

他到过许多国家,却一直无缘踏上中国的土地。然而,他却是中国人民最忠实的朋友。 中国的抗日战争爆发后,他曾用汉语演唱《义勇军进行曲》 ,以示同情和支持。1941年,宋庆龄邀请保罗?罗伯逊、埃德加?斯诺、印度的尼赫鲁等,担任她所创建的“保卫中国同盟”的荣誉会员。罗伯逊积极参加了“保盟”在美国的募捐义演。

保罗?罗伯逊是国际和平运动的伟大战士。他反对所有非正义战争。1950年,保罗?罗伯逊以他的《和平之歌》荣获国际和平奖金。又因他在保卫世界和平上的卓越贡献,荣获1952年度斯大林国际和平奖金。1976 年1 月23 日,保罗?罗伯逊因脑溢血逝世于费城,享年78 岁。

China’s View of Evolution (Email Exchange 19.5.2017)

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Subject: Re: Peking Man

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 19:15

Dear W

Thank you for very interesting email.

This is from Chinese Sources – and adds to the debate:

Red Deer Cave People 马鹿洞人 (蒙自人): Unknown Humans Discovered in China

https://thesanghakommune.org/2017/01/31/red-deer-cave-people-马鹿洞人-蒙自人-unknown-humans-discovered-in-china/

You probably remember Alice Roberts in China – where she stated that the Chinese Authorities taught (in schools) that Chinese people evolved from Homo Erectus in China – and do not share the ‘Out of Africa’ lineage shared by the West? I cannot find any evidence for this thinking today, on the Chinese language internet, with every theory pointing toward the ‘Out of Africa’ thinking. I also remember Chinese researchers attempting to prove a ‘non-African’ origination for Chinese people. I think around 5000 DNA samples were taken from men across China – and every single one possessed the ‘Out of Africa’ DNA marker. However, it is my understanding that ALL hominids developed in Africa and migrated-out at various times. Modern humans stem from a migration around 50,000 years ago (of perhaps just 200 individuals), and spread across the world (encountering different types of hominids that had migrated out of Africa at earlier dates) – but the Chinese thinking might contend that Chinese people evolved from an earlier migration ‘Out of Africa’ – from a completely different evolutionary line of descent (from the rest of modern humans).

Until proven otherwise, I think there is evidence for this. However, we must be eternally vigilant for Eurocentricism and political bias in Western sources, designed to continuously work to undermine Mainland Chinese science simply because it is not ‘European’ or emanating from a capitalist regime. One distinguishing feature of a Socialist society is that its education system ‘rejects’ any and all notions of ‘nationalism’ – because it is this ‘nationalism’ which imbues ‘racism’ – and that was used by the West in the past to keep China in a subjugated state. It is the West that uses nationalist racism against China (and not the other way around – as suggested by the otherwise interesting article). My view is that we do not yet know everything about our ‘human’ past, and that we must not assume too much (either way), but quietly gather evidence and attempt tentative interpretations. If it turned-out that ALL human life somehow developed in China (or just the ‘Chinese’ lineage of it), I would be very happy, but even if it is eventually proven that we all just just wandered ‘out’ of Africa, this pleases me also, as both models serve to ‘break-up’ Eurocentric notions of racial superiority. It is ironic that it could possibly be true that two ethnicities of human beings (i.e. the Chinese and the Africans), both historically oppressed and persecuted by Europeans, would turn-out to be far older in origination, and to have built advanced cultures very early on!

Best Wishes

Adrian

From W – On Fri, May 19, 2017, at 18:47:

Dear Adrian,

You might find the attached link to be of interest.  We’ve talked about Peking Man before, and some Chinese scientists think that modern Chinese people evolved directly and exclusively from Peking Man.  The attached article was only published last year, so it’s the most recent update on the theory.

 

Kind regards,

 

W

 

 

http://www.nature.com/news/how-china-is-rewriting-the-book-on-human-origins-1.20231

First Russian Aviator – Mikhail Nikiforovich Efimov (1881-1919) Bolshevik Revolutionary

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Mikhail Efimov was known to be a good athlete in his youth, a profound thinker and inventor, and supporter of the Bolshevik Revolutionary Movement led by Lenin. Although the Wright brothers of the USA are believed by many to have made the first manned flight in a heavier than air machine – there is still argument and dispute about this fact. Even the European Press was doubtful of this claim at the time. However, whatever the actual facts, even in Russia today, the Wright brothers are generally credited with achieving the first ‘crude’ flight, as it where, but it is Mikhail Efimov who is believed to be the first true ‘pioneer’ of manned flight.

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Despite being a successful athlete, Mikhail Efimov’s dream was always to fly in the sky. In 1909 he successfully took to the skies in a glider, but later that year, at the expense of banker Ivan Ksidias, he went to study piloting in France, where his instructor was pioneer of aviation – Henri Farman.  On December 25th, 1909 Mikhail Efimov made his first independent 45-minute flight in an aeroplane over France. This was a substantial breakthrough in aviation, as prior to this, pilots had stayed in the air for only several minutes at a time. On March 21st, 1910 in Odessa, Mikhail Efimov – in the presence of 100,000 people on the field of the Odessa Racetrack – took to the skies yet again. On this day he climbed five times, (performing three laps) at an altitude of 50 meters, including two flights with passengers – bankers Ivan Xidias and the Chairman of the Odessa Flying Club -A rthur Anatot. These flights were carried out on the aeroplane ‘Farman-IV’. also on this day, Efimov set a world record for the duration of a flight with passengers. The previous record had belonged to one of the founders of aviation – Orvil Wright. This flight marked the beginning of the development of piloting aircraft in Russia. After landing, Efimov was awarded a laurel wreath with the inscription ‘The First Russian Aviator’.

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With the outbreak of WWI, Mikhail Efimov filed a report asking for him to be sent to the Western Front. Eventually he volunteered for the 32nd Airborne Detachment on the Western Front. As an experienced pilot, he flew reconnaissance and bombing missions over enemy positions, whilst gathering valuable reconnaissance information. For his military service he was awarded a full set of St. George Crosses, and the Order of Anna III medal with swords. As a progressive thinker, he supported the February Revolutionary Movement in Russia, and as a Bolshevik, he supported the October Revolution of 1917. However, as soon as the Revolution was declared, fourteen Western powers (including the USA, the UK and Germany) sent a combined ‘White’ force into Russia to combat the new ‘Red’ threat. In 1919, Mikhail Efimov was captured by these ‘White’ forces (known as the ‘White Guard’) and executed without trial (for supporting the Socialist cause).

Russian Language References:

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ефимов,_Михаил_Никифорович

http://tehvov.ru/hist/1408-jelektrik-vysokogo-poleta-pjat-faktov-o-pervom.html

Westerner’s that Eat Dog Meat

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Brenda & Robert Vale – New Zealand Campaigners for Dog Meat Eating

Animal Welfare charities in the West always support the strategies and political motivations of their respective (bourgeois) governments, and rarely if ever, criticise any policy, convention or reality of Animal Welfare that would invite an open criticism of that government (primarily due to the fact that it is these very governments that grant the ‘tax-exemption’ status these charities enjoy). Therefore, as ‘Communist’ China is viewed with suspicion and distrust by Western governments, inevitably Western Animal Welfare charities target this country for complaint, painting the Chinese people (and their culture) as being ‘evil’ and ‘inhuman’, with regards to animal care, animal welfare, and the breeding of dogs (and cats) for human consumption. This approach, of course, only works if the routine cruelty aimed at animals in the West is ignored, and the subject of China is treated with a ‘racist’ indifference with regard to the facts. The very same Western Animal Welfare charities that initiate one emotionally driven (and irrational) media campaign after another aimed at the demonisation of Chinese people and their culture, remain absolutely ‘silent’ about the 24 hour slaughter-factories that operate all over Europe and the Americas, and actively work to ‘hid’ the fact that they advocate and participate in the mass extermination of hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs annually, as a means to control these populations. These animals, usually abandoned and unwanted pets, can starve to death, be hit by cars, be abused by uncaring humans, or when taken into the ‘temporary’ care centres provided by the charities, are eventually ‘euthanasised’ by the same charities after a certain time, using various methods of dispatch, such as lethal injection, electrocution and gassing, etc. It is another curious fact that the various Animal Welfare charities ‘never’ criticise one another’s policies in this regard, as dog protection is a popular cause in the West that attracts millions of pounds annually from a general public that relies on the very same Animal Welfare charities they fund, to provide them with information about the various causes they pursue.

Due to the one-sided nature of the anti-China propaganda issued by the Western Animal Welfare charities (and their celebrity supporters), many Westerners will be surprised to learn that:

  1. Eating dog meat has been – and remains – a worldwide phenomenon that has manifest in virtually all human cultures throughout history.
  2. China has its own Animal Welfare and Animal Rights institutions that work with the government to reform and educate the people.
  3. Many Chinese people are vegetarian for religious or health reasons (generally premised upon the Daoist and Buddhist proscriptions against eating meat – as such a consumption is viewed as being not only immoral, but also unhealthy.
  4. China has Animal Protection Laws that are far more extensive in scope and effectiveness than those existing in Western countries. (As Western Animal Welfare charities avoid calling for legislation that would disrupt or diminish the ‘capitalist’ exploitation of animals for the industrialised meat industry).
  5. Chinese Law distinguishes between cats and dogs that are ‘pets’ (which cannot be used in the meat industry), and cats and dogs that are breed for the meat industry (which can be eaten).
  6. Eating cats and dogs is not wide-spread in China, and is viewed very much as a minority habit left-over from the poverty stricken days of feudalism. The government of China has stated a number of times that the current affluence that China is experiencing, means that eating cat and dog meat is nolonger required.
  7. The Chinese police have on occasion, sided with Chinese Animal Rights activists that have ‘blocked’ lorries carry cats and dogs that have been ‘legally’ bred to be eaten – allowing rescued animals to be taken into the care of the Animal Rights protesters.
  8. Western Animal Welfare charities and groups are viewed in China as being politically and religiously motivated, pursuing a policy of encouraging ‘civil disobedience’ – an approach that no sane Chinese person supports.
  9. Whereas Christianity states that animals ‘have no souls’ and can be treated as an ‘inferior’ life-form (to be brutally treated, killed and then eaten), Chinese Buddhism and Daoism – both of which advocate the notion of ‘rebirth’ – reject this view, and instead ascribe a certain ‘dignity’ to all animals.
  10. A number of countries in the West possess populations that eat dog meat.

In 2009, New Zealanders Brenda and David Vale published their book entitled ‘Time to Eat Dog?’, arguing that dogs are easy to breed, easy to feed and look after, and highly nutritious to eat. The pair argue that as the world changes, and it becomes ever more obvious that the current rate of consumption of other animals cannot be sustained, it might be advisable for humanity to seek-out a new source of food – and their chosen sustainable source is dog meat. The claims of nutrition and protein content as explained in this book, were subsequently scrutinised and subjected to testing by the scientific community and found to be ‘correct’, but this book, as interesting as it is, should not distract from the fact that whilst bourgeois Animal Welfare charities pursue a racially motivated attack upon China, many Westerners partake in the habit of eating dog meat – often slaughtering the dogs in public before consumption – with this activity ignored by the very same charities that complain about China. In the US, Native American Indians have their right to eat dog meat legally protected, but it is a habit also followed by some ‘White’ Americans as well, The same is true with South American populations, where eating dog meat is well-known and not perceived as a problem. Eating dog meat is wide-spread throughout Mexico, as it is in Northern Canada. In Alaska, where the weather is cold, dog meat is eaten all the time, particularly if a sledge dog dies, etc. Perhaps the most surprising area where the eating of dog meat is found is in Switzerland, where its consumption is open and common. Why is it that the Western Animal Welfare charities especially target China where eating dog meat is definitely on the decline and only practised by a minority of people, but ignore exactly the same behaviour happening in the West? It might be further added that South Korea, Taiwan and Japan (all historical colonies of the US), pursue a rabid habit of consuming dog meat – but face virtually no criticism from Western Animal Welfare charities (although through an act of self-regulation, Taiwan has recently passed legislation discouraging the eating of cats and dogs).

Chinese Language Reference:

http://news.sina.com.cn/z/dog/

China: Yulin Dog Meat Festival Not ‘Officially’ Sanctioned by Government (10.6.2014)

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Original Chinese Language Text By: http://news.sina.com.cn

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

See Also: China: Anti-Eating Dogs & Cats Law – 5000 Yuan Fine & 15 Days Imprisonment

Translator’s Note: Here, the Local Government responsible for managing the Yulin City area, issues an official communique rejecting any and all allegations that it is responsible for the ‘Yulin Dog Festival’, or that it facilitates such an activity through any of its departments or social services. The Yulin Local Government, of course, part of the regional representation of the Communist Party of China (CPC), would have only issued such a statement of ‘legal’ denial, if it had been sanctioned by the Central Government in Beijing. Therefore, this local statement may be responsibly taken to reflect the viewpoint of the CPC National Government. Chinese language texts state that dog meat is eaten in ‘North Korea, South Korea, Vietnam and some European countries’, and that the opposition to it in China stems from the influence of foreign religions – or other politically motivated Eurocentric organisations, that attack China’s political system indirectly through various aspects of established Chinese culture. Dog meat is generally considered ‘yang’ or of ‘hot energy’, which is considered ‘bad’ for consumption at any other time of the year – as it is believed to create ‘anger’ in the blood of the eater. However, it is also believed that on the evening of the Summer Solstice (at 6pm), the heat is so strong in the area that it cancels-out the ‘heat’ in the dog meat – thus revealing its healing properties to humans. This is more a superstition than Chinese science, and is an idea that today has been seized upon by one or two profit-minded individuals. The bigger picture in China is that many Chinese people pursue an Animal Rights agenda that is internally effective, and has no direct contact with its Western counter-parts, primarily due to the inherent racist attitudes in certain strands of it. Lastly, Buddhism in China demands that its followers are completely vegetarian, and this means many Chinese people routinely eat no meat at all. ACW 19.5.2017

News from Southern China: The Municipal Government of the Yulin City area of Guangxi province, recently issued a statement through the Yulin News Network, stating that the so-called ‘Summer Solstice Lychee Dog Meat Festival’ is not ‘officially’ sanctioned or ‘recognised’ by any of its departments, and is not a (legally) sanctioned national holiday. Therefore, this activity is a spontaneous ‘folk’ activity perpetuated by certain local people in the area, that was once just a local tradition, but which has now become distorted and motivated only by monetary ‘profit’. In fact, neither the Yulin City Government, nor any of its civil organisations, encourages or facilitates this behaviour, and certainly does not ‘officially’ support any form of ‘Summer Solstice Lychee Dog Meat Festival’.

Historically, this is a local tradition which states that if dog meat and lychee fruit are eaten together at the same time on the Summer Solstice, the meal can cure and prevent disease. These ideas developed out of poverty in the old days, where once a year local people would eat dog meat during the time lychee fruit ripened. For many, this was the only time any meat was available (with dog meat being considered medically bad for consumption at any other time of the year) – but today – due to the greed of a few misled people, this activity has grown into a money-making business.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2017.

Original Chinese Language Text:

http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2014-06-10/055030327083.shtml

广西玉林否认官办狗肉节 称只是民间的说法

南都讯 广西玉林市政府日前在玉林新闻网发布声明,称所谓“夏至荔枝狗肉节”只是个别商家和民间的一种说法,其实并不存在这个节日。玉林市政府或任何社会组织都没有举办过任何形式的所谓“夏至荔枝狗肉节”活动。

所谓的“夏至荔枝狗肉节”,是在广西玉林当地,民间有“吃了夏至狗,西风绕道走”的说法,意思是在夏至食用狗肉,能抵抗疾病入侵。夏至期间正值鲜荔枝上市,当地还有“荔枝就狗,越吃越有”的说法,逐渐就被叫成了“夏至荔枝狗肉节”。

(原标题:广西玉林否认官办“狗肉节”)

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China: British Maths Wizard Marries Chinese Girl! (29.10.2007)

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Danial & Xiao Yan (小颜)

Original Chinese Language Text By: http://www.lzbs.com.cn/

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

According to a daily British tabloid newspaper (published on the 27.10.2007), there is a real life example of the hit film character ‘Rain Man’ living in the UK. The ‘Rain Man’ character suffers from Autism, but because of this cognitive disability, is also renowned as a maths genius. In fact, this fictitious movie character is very similar to British student Daniel Lightwing – who currently studies at Cambridge University. Daniel suffers from autism, but also has amazing mathematical skills. When Daniel visited China recently, he met a young Chinese woman, and they both fell in-love and decided to get married.

According to Daniel’s mother Caroline, when Daniel was very young, she found her son to be out of the ordinary, because he was able to recite the alphabet at the age of just 2, whilst at 4 years old, he could do complex mathematical calculations. When Daniel was four years old, he would stare at the kitchen and accurately report how many tiles were on the kitchen floor, the walls and the ceiling. He was even able to work-out exactly the correct number of bricks used to create a structure, and he did all this in his mind, without the aid of calculators or computers. In 2006, Daniel – on behalf of the United Kingdom – participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad competition, and won a silver medal.

However, Daniel, due to his autism, is very ‘incompetent’ in other ways, and cannot communicate with others in the normal way, or complete some simple tasks, such as making a cup of tea for himself. Daniel’s love for China began when he witnessed 6 outstanding Chinese competitors performing at the International Mathematical Olympiad. This experience prompted the 19 year old Daniel to take a year out from university, and spend it touring China – this is where he met his future wife – Xiao Yan. In just 4 months, Daniel learnt to read and write the Chinese language to a very precise degree – and speak fluent putonghua (i.e. ‘Mandarin’) as if he had been born in China. Prior to this he had studied simple French for 8 years – and achieved no progress. Daniel explained this by stating that he has no interest in France, and so could not be bothered to learn the language. People with autism often have problems feeling and expressing emotions – but Daniel explained that as soon as he met Xiao Yan (who was working at one of the hotels he was staying in, he immediately fell in-love with her, and she with him. Xiao Yan stated that she fell in-love with this hard-working British man – and after 6 months of dating, decided to get married.

According to the British medical experts, autism appears in boys around 4 times higher than in girls, whilst typically, autistic patients have problems communicating with others, and cannot usually understand the significance of emotions. This autistic disability was diagnosed by Hans Asperger, a paediatrician from Vienna, 50 years ago. The depiction of Raymond Babbitt in the film ‘Rain Man’ shows a man suffering from some form of ‘Asperger Syndrome’. However, medical experts say that autistic patients like Daniel or the ‘Rain Man’ character exhibiting a bizarre mathematical genius, is a very rare phenomenon.

Original Chinese Language Article:

http://www.lzbs.com.cn/sh/2007-10/29/content_1281082.htm

英国数学奇才迎娶中国姑娘

据英国《太阳报》27日报道,看过电影《雨人》的人都不会忘记电影中那个患有自闭症、但却拥有超常数学天才的“雨人”。事实上,在英国剑桥大学就生活着一个名叫丹尼尔·莱特温的真实版“雨人”。丹尼尔从小患有自闭症,但却拥有惊人的数学才能。丹尼尔到中国旅游期间,从来不会表露感情的他竟对一名中国女孩一见钟情,两人坠入了爱河,目前他们已经幸福地走上了红地毯。
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据丹尼尔的母亲卡罗琳称,当丹尼尔很小时,她就发现儿子与众不同,因为他两岁时就能够倒背字母表,4岁时就能做复杂数学运算。当丹尼尔4岁时,他只往厨房中看一眼,就报出了厨房地板、墙壁和天花板上共有多少块磁砖,丹尼尔并没有一块块地数,而是用一个方程式正确地计算出了磁砖的数目。2006年,丹尼尔代表英国参加了国际数学奥林匹克竞赛,并夺得了一枚银牌。

然而,患有自闭症的丹尼尔在其他方面却非常“无能”,他无法和其他人进行正常的情感交流,甚至不能做一些简单的工作,包括为自己泡一杯茶等。

喜欢中国爱上中国姑娘

由于当时6名中国选手在国际奥数赛中表现出众,导致丹尼尔对中国文化产生了浓厚的兴趣。去年,19岁的丹尼尔决定到剑桥大学上大学前,先利用一年的时间到中国去旅行。

令人感到不可思议的是,丹尼尔只花了4个月时间学习,就迅速掌握并精通了中文,他不仅能够自如地阅读和书写汉字,并且还会说一口流利的中国普通话。而此前,丹尼尔曾在中学了8年法文,结果他至今仍然不会说一句法语。丹尼尔解释说:“因为我对法文不感兴趣,所以我从来没有真正用心学过一句法文。”

丹尼尔在中国旅行期间,从来不知道如何表露感情的他竟和一名叫做小颜(音译)的中国女孩坠入了爱河,小颜是丹尼尔所住旅馆的一名接待员。尽管对于自闭症患者来说,和别人发展感情是难如登天的事情,但丹尼尔却对小颜一见钟情。

数学奇才震惊专家

小颜也渐渐喜欢上了这个“勤奋好学”的英国男孩,6个月后,他们就幸福地举行了婚礼。

据英国医学专家称,自闭症在男孩身上发生的概率比在女孩身上高4倍,自闭症患者与他人交流的技巧非常薄弱,也无法理解情绪。这种自闭症疾病最初是在50年前被奥地利维也纳儿科专家汉斯·艾斯珀格诊断出来的,电影《雨人》中的数学天才雷蒙·巴比特就患有某种形式的“艾斯珀格综合征”。不过医学专家称,自闭症患者像丹尼尔或《雨人》主角这样拥有离奇的数学天才,是非常罕见的现象。

China: Was Xu Xiaodong (徐晓冬) Damaged by Taijiquan ‘Internal Force’?

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Original Chinese Language Article By: http://chongzhong.com/

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Following his unusual ‘fight’ with Taijiquan practitioner – Master Wei Lei (魏雷) – MMA practitioner – Xu  Xiaodong (徐晓冬) has behaved in an even more bizarre manner than is usual for him, even taking into account his arrogant and disrespectful attitude, and mediocre martial arts skills. To capitalise on his apparent ‘victory’ over Master Wei Lei – Xu Xiaodong intended to hold a global news conference (on Sunday the 7th of May), where he was going to announce the death of traditional Chinese martial arts. However, in a dramatic twist, Xu Xiaodong issued the following public statement (via his blog) on May 6th – cancelling the intended news conference at short notice:

‘抱歉的通知大家,由于徐晓冬的身体原因,周末的新闻发布会临时取消,再次感谢大家的关注。这几天给大家带来的打扰,我真心抱歉。再见。’

‘Sorry to inform everyone, but due to my ill health, this weekend’s intended news conference has been cancelled for the time being. Thanks again for your attention. For the disturbance I have caused to everyone in recent days, I am very sorry,’

There is no doubt that this is completely out of character for the usually brash Xu Xiaodong – who has been on a quest to prove ‘no tradition and virtue’ is better than ‘tradition and virtue’. This situation has led netizens in China to ask the question; ‘Has brother Dong been internally damaged by the hidden power of Taijiquan?’ Netizens are discussing the idea that Wei Lei may well be a great Taijiquan master after-all, and in fact inflicted serious internal damage on Xu Xiaodong (preferring to call him by the more respectful ‘Wei Lei’, than the more informal ‘Lei Lei’).

Although Master Wei Lei has denied using or even knowing Taijiquan ‘internal force’ (内力 – Nei Ti), it appears that he may well have deployed this technique – disguising its use by falling to the floor. The use of ‘spirit technique’ (神功 – Shen Gong), may well have physically and psychologically ‘shocked’ Xu Xiaodong, with the obvious physical effects manifesting some days later. Certainly, for at least three days after the ‘fight’ Xu Xiaodong was acting irrationally, and saying all kinds of weird and unusual things.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2017.

Original Chinese Language Article:

http://chongzhong.com/yue_taiji/175238.html

最新消息:徐晓冬宣布因身体原因取消7号的发布会,难道真被雷公太极的内力所伤?

原定于本周日7日上午举行的徐晓冬挑战武林各派发布会终归没有开成,徐晓冬在微博上发出通知称因为身体原因,发布会取消。

徐晓冬微博原文如下:“抱歉的通知大家,由于徐晓冬的身体原因,周末的新闻发布会临时取消,再次感谢大家的关注。这几天给大家带来的打扰,我真心抱歉。再见。”

依照徐晓冬从事件发酵的整个过程中表现看,因为自己原因中止发布会的可能性很低,身体原因也很可能是托词,因为就在几小时前他还和记者联系征求发布会问题。所以对于突然的取消,网友们也感到很意外,有人调侃:“冬哥莫非内伤发作了?太极果然还是厉害呀!”

不过据网友分析,最大可能性确实是在与太极大师雷公(注意:一定要尊称雷公而不是雷雷)的比武对阵中,被太极派内功所伤。雷公此前在接受采访时曾称自己并未使出太极内力,怕伤及徐晓冬性命,但是看来他在倒地刹那终究还是使出了神功,震伤了徐晓冬。

徐晓冬这几日的疯言疯语与各种怪异表现,也很有可能是被震坏经脉后的失常行为,正所谓冤冤相报何时了。

USSR: Forgive Us Class of 1967 (Soviet Time-Capsule Opened!)

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Original Russian Language Article By: Olga Basurova

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Yesterday, my Alma Mater – the Ryazan Radio Engineering University – opened a time-capsule buried 50 years ago, containing a message from the student body of 1967, to their descendants half a century later – in 2017. What can I say … Read it for yourself:

‘Dear comrades (of the future Soviet Union), We, the participants of the Student Conference entitled ’50 Years of Soviet Radio Engineering’ – held on May 13th, 1967 in the Assembly Hall of the RREI – send you our greetings to the (Soviet) students of the 21st century. We have gathered together to assess the over-all development of Soviet Radio Engineering in the last 50 years (since the 1917 Russian Revolution). We hope that you will gather in the future, to also assess the great Soviet Achievements 50 years later in your time, understanding how fortunate you are to live in the world’s first Communist State which for you is now 100 years old! How has Soviet Radio Technology moved forward and progressed between 1967 and 2017?

Our Ryazan Radio Engineering Institute was founded in 1952. Now, it trains about 5000 students in the usual full-time academic manner, supplemented by both evening and correspondence faculties, where a further 2000-1000 students respectively, are now being trained.

The Institute has five faculties (not counting the evening and correspondence courses), which train engineers in 14 specialities. The faculties are entitled: radio engineering, electronic engineering, automatics and telemechanics, automatic control systems, and radio equipment design. These specialities span 31 departments. The Institute employs over 500 teachers (mostly young people), including 120 professors and associate professors.

For the years of its existence, our progressive Socialist Institute has produced about 4,500 Specialists in the latest branches of technology. They work in almost every city of our great Soviet Union. Scientific candidates for training at our Institute, are prepared through attending graduate school.

We enjoy very interesting lives. We have very good and varied amateur interests, facilitated through various clubs and interests groups. Many of us participate in the scientific work of all the departments. We love sports, theatre, and cinema. During the entire academic year, we work hard in classrooms, laboratories, and reading rooms. In the summer we leave for the collective farms and for the as of yet uncultivated lands, where we help build clubs, houses and various other structures (as a means to further the development of Socialism).. This is our work semester. A more complete picture of our life (and study) will be provided to you through the enclosed photographs and newspapers.

We are sure that in the year 2017, our progressive Institute will represent an even larger and perfect higher educational system in the USSR, training engineers of the 21st century – a century of new scientific discoveries and achievements. Therefore, we are envious of you, our future Comrades. However, you must not be conceited about this, and remember that we, (and our fathers), by labour and sacrifice, have created your great (Soviet) future in which you now live and prosper!

With Comradely Greetings.’

Published by Olga Basurova, 05/16/2017 at 10:33 am

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2017.

Original Russian Language Reference Article:

ПРОСТИТЕ НАС, СТУДЕНТЫ 1967 ГОДА…

Вчера в моей Альма Матер – Рязанском радиотехническом университите вскрыли заложенную полвека назад капсулу с посланием студентов 1967 года своим потомкам через полвека. Что тут сказать… Прочитайте сами:

Дорогие товарищи! Мы, участники студенческой конференции „50 лет советской радиотехники“, состоявшейся 13 мая 1967 года в актовом зале РРТИ, шлем вам, студентам XXI века, свой студенческий привет. Мы собрались, чтобы подвести итоги развития советской радиотехники за 50 лет. Надеемся, что и вы будете тоже подводить итоги, но уже за сто лет, и оценивать, как шагнула вперед советская радиотехника.

Наш Рязанский радиотехнический институт основан в 1952 году. Теперь в нем обучается только на дневном отделении около 5000 студентов. Имеются и вечерний, и заочный факультеты, на которых обучается соответственно 2000-1000 студентов.

В институте пять факультетов (не считая вечернего и заочного), которые готовят инженеров по 14 специальностям. Факультеты называются так: радиотехнический, электронной техники, автоматики и телемеханики, автоматических систем управления, конструирования радиоаппаратуры. Они объединяют 31 кафедру. В институте работает свыше 500 преподавателей (в основном это молодежь), среди которых 120 профессоров и доцентов.

За годы своего существования институт выпустил около 4500 специалистов по новейшим отраслям техники. Они работают почти во всех городах нашей Родины. Готовит институт и научных работников через аспирантуру.

Живем мы очень интересно. У нас хорошая самодеятельность, различные кружки. Многие из нас участвуют в научной работе кафедр. Любим спорт, театр, кино. Весь учебный год мы напряженно трудимся в аудиториях, лабораториях, читальных залах. Летом уезжаем в колхозы и на целину, помогаем строить клубы, дома и различные сооружения. Это наш трудовой семестр. Более полное представление о нашей жизни и учебе дадут вам прилагаемые фотографии и газеты.

Мы уверены, что в 2017 году наш институт будет представлять еще более крупное и совершенное высшее учебное заведение, готовящее инженеров XXI века — века новых научных открытий и свершений. Поэтому мы по-хорошему завидуем вам, товарищи. Но вы не особенно зазнавайтесь и помните, что и мы, и наши отцы своим трудом создали то великое будущее, в котором вы живете. С товарищеским приветом.

Опубликовала Ольга Басурова , 16.05.2017 в 10:33

 

On Being Chinese…

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The Chinese diaspora should make more of an effort to relate to China – the historical and cultural home of their ethnicity. A certain type of White person will not like this (and will cast aspersions of ‘disloyalty’), but this kind of White people tells you to go back to China anyway – so why listen to these racist morons? China is a great civilisation that far pre-dates Greece and Rome, and of course, the development of a distinctive European culture. This does not mean that European culture is in anyway ‘inferior’ (far from it), or that Westerners are of an ‘inferior’ race, but rather that Western racism is wrong because it is premised upon a false interpretation of history.

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China is not ‘inferior’, her culture is not ‘inferior’ and neither are her people (wherever they live in the world. Chinese people (of the diaspora) should stop supporting the economic capitalist system because it has served as the basis for the imperialist oppression China suffered in the 19th and 20th centuries, and is exactly the same basis that underlies contemporary trends in Western notions of anti-Chinese racism. If you are Chinese and think Western capitalism is ‘better’ than Chinese Communism, then you are not only misled in your opinions, but you are participating in supporting and sustaining the very socio-economic system that (through the division of labour and manufacturing of ‘nationalism’) perpetuates the very anti-Chinese racism you are experiencing. Think about this the next time you instinctively take the American side during a dispute with China – you have already betrayed the notion of ‘internationalism’, and played into the hands of White racists – who will reject and embrace you with equal vigour!  If Westerners can ‘love’China – so can you!

China: The Background to the Taijiquan v MMA Debacle (27.4.2017)

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Original Chinese Language Article By: South China Morning Post (1.5.2017)

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Taijiquan Master Wei Lei (魏雷) Reflects On His Fight with Sanda Master Xu Xiaodong (徐晓冬)

China: Fugitive MMA Expert Xu Xiaodong [徐晓冬] Summoned by Chengdu Police (6.5.2017)

China: Was Xu Xiaodong (徐晓冬) Damaged by Taijiquan ‘Internal Force’?

In a challenge match that occurred on April 27th, 2017 in Chengdu, Taijiquan teacher – Master Lei Lei (雷雷) – was repeatedly beaten about head after slipping to the ground by his opponent – MMA practitioner Xu Xiaodong (徐晓冬). Xu Xiaodong immediately uploaded the 20 second video to Youku, an act which caused instant country-wide controversy. How did this situation develop? Xu Xiaodong (who is motivated by profit) had been disrespecting a number of elderly martial arts masters – trying to goad them into fighting him on video. It is believed that Xu Xiaodong had been unduly influenced by corrupt Western sports, and had lost his sense of proportion and appropriate behaviour in public. Of course, there are some that doubt the authenticity of the fight, claiming both fighters were ‘acting’ to attract attention, but Master Lei Lei is known to be a quiet person who patiently teaches traditional Taijiquan to many people suffering long-term illnesses. and has never expressed any desire to hurt others or become famous. In fact, in an interview a few days after the ‘contest’, Master Lei Lei confirmed that he had never met Xu Xiaodong before having the fight, and that the fight took place only after exchanging viewpoints about martial arts on the internet.

Master Lei Lei explained that in March of this year, 38 year old Xu Xiaodong had insulted and challenged 68 year old Taijiquan teacher – Master Hu Guantao (胡贯涛) – stating that ‘Taijiquan is the biggest scam in a hundred years!’ As Master Hu Guantao could not let this insult stand, he agreed to Xu Xiaodong’s insistence upon an ‘honour’ fight, but at the agreed time, Master Hu Guantao did not appear. This was because Master Hu Guantao’s son – Hu Lifu (胡立夫) – had contacted well-respected Master Lei Lei, to ask his opinion on Xu Xiaodong. Master Lei Lei said that he thought Xu Xiaodong was shallow in temperament, and only seeking money and fame. Master Lei Lei then advised Master Hu Guantao not to attend the contest. It is reported that Xu Xiaodong was furious when he learned of Master Lei Lei interfering in his plans, and immediately challenged him to a challenge match as a form of compensation.

Xu Xiaodong has courted controversy in the past, causing much offense and concern throughout the general public by criticising the famous Chinese Shaolin Temple lay-disciple – ‘Yi Long’ (一龙) who travelled to the West and honourably represented China in full-contact fighting tournaments. Xu Xiaodong stated that Yi Long’s remarkable martial abilities stemmed from him taking steroids and other performance enhancing drugs! Master Lei Lei, wanting to be honourable in the face of Xu Xiaodong’s ‘dishonour’ was unsure whether to go to the fight, but decided to do so as a means to protect others from Xu Xiaodong’s ignorance. After the fight, Master Lei Lei blogged that he had attended the fight and had lost. He did not mind the losing – as this was merely a personal matter – but he regretted being unable to decisively ‘better’ Xu Xiaodong, and set the record straight for Taijiquan practitioners everywhere. The next day he showed his wife the video of the fight – as he wanted her to know that he had ‘stood up’ in an attempt to confront tyranny.

Chinese Language Reference Text:

http://ngzb.gxnews.com.cn/html/2017-05/01/content_1387626.htm

输赢都接受 靠太极养活自己

4月27日,格斗教练徐晓冬和太极拳师雷雷在成都的一处场馆内比武,较量持续不到20秒,身穿白衣黑裤的雷雷被击倒在地。

这场决斗“秒杀”的视频直播在当晚播放破百万次,雷雷被打倒在地的截图也在网上广泛流传,有人质疑炒作,也有人说当事人是骗子。

事发两天后,4月29日,雷雷接受记者采访回应,他和徐晓冬此前从未见过面,也没有任何交集。此次实战比武源自一次网络“论战”。

今年3月,68岁的太极爱好者胡贯涛因不满徐晓冬在他的一档搏击脱口秀节目中称“太极是一百年来最大的骗局”,跑去找徐理论。双方遂决定“约战”,徐晓冬事先声明要在自己的节目中直播决斗过程,但在约定的时间老人并未出现。

随后,胡贯涛的儿子胡立夫在微博上指责徐晓冬炒作,并附上雷雷发给父亲的私信截图。截图显示,雷雷告诉胡贯涛,徐晓冬的直播只是一个商业行为,并劝诫胡贯涛不要因为一时意气同意比试。

接着,“认为自己被欺骗”的格斗教练徐晓冬改向雷雷约战。

因多次批评传统武术中掺杂“骗子和虚伪”,并声称要打假,现年38岁的徐晓冬有“搏击狂人”之称。此前他曾批评拳手“武僧一龙”水平不行,引起后者的粉丝“约战”。“武僧一龙”因某电视台武术节目走红,擅长咏春拳。

雷雷回忆,徐晓冬向他“下战书”后,他曾犹豫是否应战,微博评论里也出现了两种声音,“一种是不管怎么样一定把他打倒;一种是你不要去。”最终他选择应战。

“直播我们都说了代表个人,代表两种声音,两种生活方式的语气,态度站出来,大家都算习武人,用比武来解决。”他认为“输赢都能接受”,但把他的失败等同于太极的失败是“最没有意义的”。

比赛结束当晚,雷雷发了自己的“最后一条微博”,“都看到了吧!我到现场了!我输了……”他称近期不会再发微博,“人多嘴杂心烦,而且自己也需要休息”。

第二天,他老婆拿着平板电脑播放那个视频,他问她:“你看到会不会觉得我是个骗子?我要证明我不是个骗子,至少我站出来了。”

据澎拜新闻

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