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Julie Curates China appears every Wednesday in Hoje Macau

Two Christmas presents the Chinese gave themselves




Judging from my Chinese language social media circles, Christmas celebration came across as a little undigested. For the past decades the Christian festival has been honoured by people from PRC perhaps not formally, but in the people’s heart for whatever reason.

And the next day, a popular post caught my attention, which reads:

“Today is the Chinese people’s true Christmas. Beloved Chairman Mao, we will always miss you!”

26 December is Mao Zedong’s birthday. Here is a quick summing up of the general sentiment:

“In Mao Zedong era, the sky was blue, the water was clear, and the Chinese people were equal and the politicians were fair! Now ‘the three great mountains’ (Mao’s allegory of imperialism, feudalism, state/bureaucratic capitalism – J O’y) that oppress the people are back!”

“Mao gave our country blue sky, white clouds, good people and fresh air. He gave us social harmony sustained by just and honest party cadres. The sun was the reddest and Chairman Mao was the dearest!”

“Thank you, Chairman Mao! Defend the real social standards!   Defend social equality and a fair income for everybody!”

“The Great Leader will always live in the hearts of hundreds of millions of people! In your days, the Chinese people could sleep at night without fear of being robbed and women and children were not sold in clear daylight. Housing was cheap, too. China was closer to paradise.”

The year’s end gave yet another circle of my Chinese friends a gift, which they are noisily proud of. The headline reads:

“Chinese Manufacturer Moves To The U.S. To Cut Costs.”

Fuyao Glass company bought a former GM plant in suburban Dayton, Ohio, and the factory expects to create jobs for 3,000 workers there when it is fully operational. Fuyao Glass America employs about 2,000 people already since its grand opening in October.

Founded in 1987, Fuyao is said to be the largest glass fabrication company in the world. It has 18,000-plus employees across the globe, with factories in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Russia, South Korea, as well as China and now the U.S.

In The Beijing News on last Monday, Fuyao Glass chairman Cao Dewang (70), was quoted as saying the US was a cheaper and better place to make glass because taxes were much lower than in China. As U.S. president-elect Donald Trump is trying to lure firms back to the U.S. under his ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan, companies are reconsidering their ­presence in China.

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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