The Myanmar military government’s crackdown on the poor has sparked widespread international concern, and the shouting of a Chinese student’s Parents at the Chinese Communist government after he was shot dead on March 14 has touched the hearts of overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. Photo: Burmese-born immigrants in Los Angeles demanded in front of the Chinese Consulate that the Communist Party stop assisting the Burmese military government.
The Burmese military government’s crackdown on the poor has sparked widespread international concern. Since February, more than 240 protesters have died in the anti-military coup, including two youths of Chinese descent, and in mid-March, after a Chinese student was shot dead, his parents’ shouting at the Chinese Communist government touched off a chorus of sympathy from the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia.
On March 14, the “bloodiest day” since the protests, at least 74 protesters were killed by the military, including Chinese-American medical student Lin Yaozong. At his memorial service, his mother heartbreakingly shouted to the Chinese Communist Party, “I have lost a son today, my son was very smart, very good, and now I have lost him.”
“You have to think about us, the people, we need democracy, we need justice, we need freedom. Please help us a little bit, help us old people.” “I am a real Chinese, but I don’t love your Chinese government, not at all. I hate the Chinese Communist Party (government).”
Lin Yaozong’s father grieved, “The Chinese government, we are Chinese overseas Chinese, for the sake of us Chinese overseas Chinese, help these Burmese citizens, the Burmese overseas Chinese, who are seeking democracy.”
Singaporean Chinese: Empathy
The video of Lin Yaozong’s grief-stricken parents has been widely circulated on the Internet, and the heartbreaking cries of the Burmese Chinese have resonated with the Chinese in Southeast Asia. Mr. Teo, who has lived in Singapore for 30 years, told the Epoch Times that he felt the same way.
“She has a Chinese Passport, but culturally and in terms of values, she definitely does not identify with the China represented by the Chinese Communist Party. Chinese people are very unfortunately kidnapped by the CCP, which forces you to admit that you are a Chinese under its rule, and this feeling is like being raped. Because one clearly does not recognize this violent rogue-like Chinese Communist Culture, but in terms of international affiliation, you are a subject of its country, and this feeling is very painful.”
“Who caused this tragedy, all the peace-loving normal countries around the world are condemning the Burmese military government, and only the Chinese Communist Party manipulated and blocked the United Nations to go through condemnation of the Burmese military government, and only then did the Burmese military government have so much courage to increase the repression of its own people.”
“I am also an overseas Chinese and I also hold a Chinese passport, but every Time I see these heinous crimes committed by the Chinese Communist Party, I also abhor and condemn them for such inhuman hooliganism, violence and acts against humanity.”
Mr. Zhang said that some people do not understand saying, “You are Chinese and yet you are anti-China,” but in essence this is their inability to distinguish China from the CCP. “Culturally and by bloodline I am Chinese, but I do not agree with the violent culture of the Chinese Communist Party, and the current China is not the original China with 5,000 years of history and civilization. I am Chinese, but I don’t recognize in my heart to be Chinese under communist rule.”
“More Chinese people, both overseas and at Home, need to recognize the evil of the evil Chinese Communist Party; it [the CCP] does not represent us.” Mr. Zhang said.
Overseas Chinese in Indonesia: The Communist Party is not for the people it is essentially fascist
Karurin, who lives in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is a second-generation ethnic Chinese in Indonesia. She told Epoch Times that every time there is any riot in Southeast Asia, it affects ethnic Chinese, and this keeps repeating. “My Family, my brothers and sisters they all know (about the crackdown in Burma) but feel there is nothing they can do to help, my youngest brother says (if it happens in Indonesia again) the best we can do is just to have self-respect and get ourselves through it safely.”
Karurin said her circle of family and friends have posted some videos, “They were talking and saying, so pathetic, how come they [the Chinese Communist government] didn’t even react when they saw their compatriots overseas like this? My brother said that if the Chinese Communist government cared about overseas Chinese, they would have given aid when there was a riot in Indonesia in 1998, but they quietly (did not give any aid). He also said that if you want to go (to China) to invest, they will roll out the red carpet (to welcome you).”
Looking back on the ’60s when Indonesia’s “Chinese exclusion” was still young, Karurin says he has deep memories of the ’98 “Chinese exclusion”. “During the turmoil, I took my children to Singapore and Malaysia (for refuge), and then decided to send them overseas to study because of the Chinese exclusion, so we had to find a more stable place for a long time.
Mr. Lee, who has lived in Indonesia for nearly 40 years, told the Epoch Times that seeing the harm done to the Chinese in Myanmar, including the arson and destruction of some local Chinese-owned enterprises, made him think of what happened in Indonesia when the Chinese were excluded. Talking about the Chinese exclusion in the 1960s (1965), he said he knows a lot from the locals.
“Soon after the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese Communist Party started exporting revolution to Southeast Asia. At that time, the schools here were leftist schools and some of the teachers were from over there (China). Later, the Communist Party of Indonesia, supported by the Chinese Communist Party, was very powerful, and the Chinese Communist Party colluded with the Communist Party of India to usurp power, but it later brushed off the relationship and did not recognize it.”
“The killing of the Communist Party of India spilled over to the Chinese, some of whom were more deeply connected to the Chinese Communist Party, including overseas Chinese leaders with ties to the Communist Party of India, and many Chinese were killed in rural areas in the countryside, so to speak, because the Chinese Communist Party brought disaster to the Chinese.”
Mr. Li personally experienced the Chinese exclusion in ’98, “It was the same in ’98, the people marched and demonstrated against the Suharto regime’s corruption, Suharto deliberately diverted attention and transferred the conflict to the Chinese, a group of soldiers dressed in civilian clothes in the Chinese gathering area smashed and robbed, burned and killed, raped, many Chinese were killed and raped.”
Some Chinese media online said that the Chinese Communist government added three flights to take back many of their suffering compatriots who could not get tickets to China, but Mr. Li said, “It is unlikely that the Chinese Communist Party would have a reason to take back the Chinese, [because] they are all skimming off the top.”
According to public reports at the time, during the May 1998 riots in Indonesia, most Chinese newspapers and television stations did not provide relevant coverage of the world-shaking Chinese exclusion and banned spontaneous protests organized by mainland university students. in July, the Chinese Communist Party, under international pressure, had to take the first position of concern about the incident, but also stated that the riots were a domestic affair of another country and that it “would not interfere with Indonesia’s internal affairs.”
Mr. Li said that after ’98, relations between Indonesia and China gradually began to thaw, and the Chinese Communist Party infiltrated Indonesia through the Chinese community’s overseas leaders, while its control over the Chinese community became more and more powerful, “If you criticize the Chinese Communist Party, someone will go to the Chinese Consulate to report it.
Mr. Li said he is different from other Chinese and sees the CCP very thoroughly, “I sometimes tell some Chinese here not to get too close to the CCP, it’s not good for the Chinese to be too pro-communist. Because the essence of the Communist Party is not for the people, the essence of the Communist Party is fascism, it is the opposite of freedom and democracy all over the world, sooner or later the whole world will be against the Chinese Communist Party. Indonesia’s relationship with China is fine now, but when there is a reversal, those Chinese who are pro-communist will be very dangerous.”
Thai Chinese: “Don’t love your Chinese government”
Mr. Luo, an expatriate in Thailand, told the Epoch Times that he has been following the progress of events since the military coup in Burma, and he found that Burmese living in Thailand, including ethnic Chinese from Burma, are changing their views on China (or the Chinese Communist Party) after this incident.
“Burmese people, even the Chinese in Burma, originally had some discontent with China, and after this incident, they are very angry (with the CCP). Many of these ethnic Chinese, including those who always say the Communist Party is good, who always say China is strong and proud, have been touched and are undergoing subtle changes.”
Mr. Luo, who also lived in Burma for two years, believes that Burmese people’s discontent with the Chinese (Communist Party) is related to the Communist Party’s investment in Burma and what the Chinese are doing.
Mr. Luo said there are many Chinese in Myanmar who go to open casinos, hotels and loan sharks, all of which have official or semi-official backgrounds of the Communist Party and also collude with local businessmen and officials. In addition, there are also many Chinese people selling jade in Myanmar and doing some deceptive business, including selling counterfeit and shoddy products and mixing sand and stones in grain.
“Myanmar’s social security used to be relatively good, but from time to time there are some major cases, let’s say, shootings and killings, or robberies or something like the Chamber of Commerce. But in reality, the vast majority of cases are Chinese people killing Chinese people and Chinese people robbing Chinese people. The Burmese feel that they have no security in their lives and have a very bad opinion of the Chinese.”
Burmese were threatened in the 1960s, Mr. Luo said, “Burma was once almost taken over by the Communist Party of Burma, which was fostered by the Chinese Communist Party, and the Communist Party of Burma killed many people, including Burmese Chinese, to seize power. The year before last, I heard a pastor tell that his father was shot dead by the Burmese Communist Party in front of their whole family, and he said he hated the Chinese Communist Party very much.”
Mr. Luo added that the junta coup also changed a lot of Burmese people’s view of the democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi before, “When Aung San Suu Kyi came to power, the Chinese Communist Party tightened its policy towards Burma, and the bottom class people, especially the farmers, could not export their Food and sell it, and the farmers blamed Aung San Suu Kyi. In fact, the reason behind this is that the Chinese Communist Party is suppressing her, trying to make her bow down, and Aung San Suu Kyi has no choice but to run to Beijing to show her goodwill. This time the Burmese understood it was the Chinese Communist Party that was the factor.”
Mr. Luo said he also found in contact with the Chinese and ethnic Chinese in Thailand that they are historically dissatisfied with the CCP’s bullying, “The CCP controls the economic lifeline of Thailand, and all the people know that tourism, including the export of food and fruits, most of them have to depend on China and rely on exporting to China.”
In addition, many Chinese people come to Thailand to do business, “they adulterate food, fruit with injections, sell fake products, and even Chinese people come to Thailand to open fake temples, employing Thai-speaking Thai people as monks, cheating a lot of money. There are too many similar things that break the rules of the industry and make Thais very unhappy.”
Mr. Luo said that Lin Yaozong’s mother’s words, “I am Chinese, but I don’t like Chinese people, I don’t love your Chinese government,” were deeply felt, “and this is also a common saying among Thais and Burmese and Chinese people.”