The Chinese culture is the most misunderstood and maligned culture in the world bar none, especially in the AR movement. And I, a Chinese Canadian ARA, am in the unfortunate and unenviable position of having to deal with it.
It is taking me away from my main AR work, but as long as the Chinese-bashing persists in AR, as long as the movement espousing anti-speciesism is rife with racism, I have no choice but to do this battle.
In 1405-1433, China, then the Ming Dynasty, sent a 200-300-ship fleet of 5-10-masted vessels down the Indian Ocean all the way to the eastern coast of Africa, 7 times. Its mission was to establish diplomatic and trade relations with the South Asian, Middle Eastern and East African kingdoms. At no point did the Chinese pillage and plunder and conquer and occupy.
The same cannot be said about the preceding and subsequent exploits of non-Chinese cultures. Cases in point: the Roman empire, the Crusade, the Spanish conquest and occupation of Central and South America, the British Empire “where the sun never sets”, the British and French conquest and occupation of North America, the Arab, British, Dutch and German occupation of Africa, the Arab slave trade in and around Africa, the European and American slave trade sourcing from Africa, WW1 in Europe, WW2 in Europe and the Japanese invasion of China, etc, etc. Need I say more?
So, the concept of peace is alien to Asians? Spoken by a non-Asian, of course.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)