”I have lived and worked in China for many years. What I see is different than what the West portrays. I see people working hard, building things, making things, saving, raising children, and spending go-gobs of their hard earned money educating them (which is why I have a job here). I see kindness and thrift daily. I see in the eyes of the elderly people a certain amazement at the progress that has been made in the last 30 years – many are stunned at the level of accomplishment. I can go days without seeing a police officer and when I do they aren’t carrying guns nor are they dressed like Army Rangers on deployment in a combat zone. The streets are NOT full of diseased poor refugees and hungry homeless beggars, they are full of people rushing to work, or going shopping, or playing with children. At night older ladies walk into certain public places, plug in a boom box, and dance in unison to get exercise and chat. The streets in the middle class areas are full of carts selling shao kao (fried meat on a stick), fresh fruit, or all manner of items. China hasn’t gotten around to throwing all these merchants into prison for selling ‘without a license’ or such like the enlightened West. I lived in Washington D.C. for many years and the people here are far freer than anyone in the States although you certainly won’t hear that from CNN. There is no such thing as “SWATing” here nor are no-knock break ins and random shootings of children by police common because … I don’t know what’s the excuse this week? War on…? I am amazed that the average rank and file Chinese person isn’t spitting mad at the US and England given the history they’ve had to endure yet they are willing and even happy to deal with us. They are a smart, savy people so I very much understand that a lot of this is admiration mixed with fear, but how would the rank and file US person react to visiting Chinese if China had shelled our major port cities and flooded North America with drugs for many decades in the recent past? I teach high school math here and the students are some of the most hardest working I’ve ever encountered. By the end of Senior year I have them doing basic differential equations and they’ve already mastered Calculus. They can do integration by parts easily and can recite every trig identity including the 1/2 and double angle identities that drove me bonkers. All the while they are striving the West is doing everything it can to dumb down their math programs to the point that basic Algebra is now something you take as a remedial class in college. So yeah… might want to be looking at taking Mandarin lessons guys as comparing the two civilizations it will be a Chinese flag (not a US one) that is first placed on Mars.”
by Ole Dammegard
Yolanda Yogapanda is a very smart and wise little panda bear. Together with her best friends, Toby Trunk and Leopold the stripy lion, she encounters various challenges in life – challenges Yolanda Yogapanda usually have great ways of solving. This is the first in a series of children’s books (age 5-95 years) based on the wisdom of ancient and timeless teachings of great yoga masters like Patanjali and Sri Swami Satchidananda.