Mexpatriate has been banned in China.
Well, not just Mexpatriate. All blogs. And Facebook. And YouTube. And Twitter.
Any social networking tool. And for good reason.
China is not so much a Communist country as it is a fascist dictatorship. And, like any dictatorship, it fears its demise.
That governmental fear is everywhere. Police and plain clothes agents scouring Tiananmen Square. A one-child policy designed as much to erode the Chinese family structure as for population control. Prohibition of certain Google search words (like “jasmine” --– as in Jasmine Revolution).
But there are signs of hope. I chatted with a young man who I suspected was a police agent. He brought up the future of the Republic of China (Formosa). I said it would most likely be rejoined with China in his lifetime. He doubted it. Not until, he thought, Red China became more democratic.
That shocked me. And gave me a bit of hope.
When the Communist captivity of central Europe collapsed, many people in China hoped for democratic change in China. We all know the result. Tiananmen Square and three decades of crackdown on political reform.
The middle class has prospered under the current regime. But they would like political freedom, as well. One great fear makes them think now is not the time.
And that fear is what has happened in the recent regime changes in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt -- where liberal forces have been pushed aside by Islamist parties. The danger in China is not from Ayatollahs -- but from a resurgent Red Guard.
Whatever happens in the future, I know what the present holds. No blogs from China. And that is why I have had to wait to start my Chinese tales.
So, let’s get to it.