Strongly recommended yesterday on Mr Rabbit’s blog. Read the rest of this entry »
Daily Archives: October 19, 2005
This is the “international” version of the essay Windschuttle published in this month’s Quadrant, and I am not going to quarrel with his assessment of Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, Mao: The Unknown Story, which the two were already working on when I met them in Sydney in the early 1990s. I have not read the book, but I hope to. I think it will prove to be a valuable addition to the literature on the subject. The groundwork was done years ago, in fact, by clearly honest observers of China like Simon Leys.
Even Sydney’s lonely Maoist, Bob Gould of Newtown book barn fame, admits that Leys was right. Or so he told me some years ago when I bought a couple of Leys’s books from him. Amuse yourself with Bob Gould’s “Deconstructing the 1960s and 1970s — An open letter to Keith and Liz Windschuttle”.
Sadly for both Bob and Keith (and Liz), I thought in the relevant period they were all bonkers, and found the Chinese Cultural Revolution darkly amusing, except that it killed so many and caused such pain to the Chinese people. I used to listen to Chinese propaganda at the time on Radio Peking and found it horribly hilarious: “After studying the Thought of Chairman Mao, an illiterate peasant suddenly became a brain surgeon…” Almost as bad as that. Read the rest of this entry »
Andrew Fraser the NSW Member of Parliament (see previous item) must not be confused with the lunatic at Macquarie University referred to in the item above.
Andrew Fraser is now notorious for his denigration of the civil standing of persons of African descent, whom he labels “Bantus”. What has been less noted is that Fraser also targets the standing of those of Chinese descent in Australia. Fraser asserts in his recent article, “Rethinking the White Australia Policy”, (an edited version can be read in On Line Opinion) that what he calls “the Chinese colonies in Australia” are marked by “rampant xenophobia and ethnocentrism”. These characteristics are the alleged result of an “evolutionary path” taken thousands of years ago.
Fraser’s wild claims about the Chinese are supported by no evidence, not even by a quotation from his own letter to a suburban newspaper that is used elsewhere in the article. Fraser simply asserts that “historic cultures of servility” mark Chinese communities. Paradoxically, this servility will not, in his view, prevent white Australians from being “outgunned” by East Asians. Fraser claims, “Within two to three decades, it is not unreasonable to expect that Australia will have a heavily Asian managerial-professional, ruling class that will not hesitate to promote the interests of co-ethnics at the expense of white Australians”.
If even for a moment you think there is anything even faintly reasonable in Andrew Barking Mad Prof Fraser’s brain seizure, read the rest of Pringle’s excellent piece.