Why would you immigrate?
The reason is simple, political reasons.
Mainland China is becoming more and more totalitarian with no end on sight, this bothers me.
And then, some Chinese would brush it off like nothing and tell me, “Why would you even bother with politics? As long as you can live, politics isn’t important.”
It is important, and involving in politics actively in a democracy can subsequently change citizens’ lives, whereas in a totalitarian state it’s impossible.
Chinese politics is strangely over-tangled. All thanks to the flexibility of the language. In Chinese, you can easily talk black into white, or talk white into black, this can even done without the propaganda background, so long you have the will.
So all of this becomes extremely confusing and complicated to a point. And somehow you will go extreme if you are not careful.
If I ditch the political side and talk about the benefits of immigration, there is literally none.
It’s inevitable to involve politics in immigration. Without politics, immigration practically becomes a blank piece of paper with no strong evidence supported on it.
There are several concerns in the past few years in mainland China.
1. Regulations start to be heavily enforced, but with no improvement on sight.
From the outside, China finally starts to actually enforce the rules to regulate citizens’ life.
But on the inside, rules and regulations were made to enforce and intimidate, not to educate or to make any real changes.
Superficially, previous hideous civil activities such as crossing the red light, throwing trash around etc. have been decreased, but there is a side note–only the places monitored have such an effect. Again, I wouldn’t attribute the decline of rude and uncivil activities completely to the enforcement of regulations. Civility in China does have taken progress in the past decades, but only to a small extent of basic behaviors, i.e. don’t spit around, don’t trash around, don’t run the red light, follow the rules etc.
Rules are actually enforced, it’s a good thing. But it’s hard to tell whether people would really “change for the good”. Only time would tell? I doubt it.
2. Surveillance starts to kick in heavily.
Probably because the state wants to monitor citizens’ “good behaviors”, security cameras have been everywhere in 2019. I’ve never seen this tremendous amount of surveillance cameras set at every corner possible in a city. Even my little town is affected with surveillance cameras aiming at crosswalks and sidewalks.
If you are in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, the feeling of Big Brother is strong. Surveillance cameras are literally everywhere, so long there is human traffic.
You feel like being watched 24 hours, and the police do know what you are doing though, it’s impossible to not feel insecure in such a country.
3. Zero civil liberty, and the slightest intention on being individualistic is smothered.
Since the overall political environment leans towards a state of silence, any freedom or liberty in this country is dead in essence.
But this problem has permeated China for long, individualism is never welcomed in this country. Guanxi and collectivism are. Group before individuals. Any individualistic traits would be sabotaged in order to fit into the group. This is a severe violation towards civil liberty. Such a thing has never been in my creed.
4. Society has been stagnant for 3 decades long, nothing substantial has been on the way, nor do we see any sort of improvement. The model of World Factory is rooted deep inside the country.
China is the World Factory, and its economy is based on this model as well.
And such model needs workers to fit in as well. The society has been stagnant for long because we never are in lack of crude labor force. And in this case, we are in urgent need of a skilled labor force.
Chinese workers quality is far inferior than workers in Germany or Japan, where one person can single-handedly handle/comprehend multiple tasks and produce quality results. China is built upon the success of many, not a few. Analogically, one Chinese success equates to 100 people’s efforts in it, which includes meticulous divisions of labor, so much so it can be singled out as one person, only performs one action.
And such scenario is probably only possible in China and nowhere else. There is the initially cheap labor, and a giant pool to select from, putting more workers on an assembly line seems to just make sense, since it doesn’t cost much to add one more worker.
Cheap and low level labor is the core problem of Chinese labor market. However, as inflation goes, labor price now in China is not cheap anymore, but this does not really put the labor on a higher demand because they simply aren’t worth the price.
The solution to this is simple, government offers more skilled education, i.e. trades, apprenticeship etc. at a discounted price, to upgrade the workers like what Japan did in the 60s.
However, this doesn’t stop our universities and colleges from producing next level brainwashed students who can’t even think on their own. The result is ugly, students graduated from universities or colleges look like robots just finished assembled, ready to be put on the line and be a cog in the over-tangled machine.
This takes out the humanity of these people and force them into thinking collectively, which doesn’t exist by the way, so their comprehension abilities, any real knowledge applying scenarios are far too low to even begin with. This becomes a situation where these people are so robotic that they only know how to perform that single action, and nothing else. Knowledge from the textbooks is only applied when same problems in the textbooks reemerge.
5. Chinese culture under communist rules, and how fakery permeates the whole country.
I always feel that I’m an outcast in this society. Strange, how can a Chinese feel like an outcast when he is literally a Chinese?
Guanxi, collectivism etc. Things that kill off your basic appreciation of life when these things come to you.
Guanxi in China is far from connections in the West. Connections, or strings, in the West work as mutual benefits. But Guanxi in China works like, such a thing can overhaul anything so long it comes to Guanxi. If something is black, use Guanxi well you can turn it into white. Guanxi in mainland China, in essence, holds anything true, kind or beautiful in contempt. Because it doesn’t matter when you are the most powerful or the evilest in the room, your words are THE rules. Hence the reason why recently Hong Kong rejects changes on their extradition bill.
Fakery has been a problem since day one. The basics of social relationships in China is to distrust others because you never know whether that person will harm you in any way possible. And in reality, yes, they will try to harm you if you are not careful. This differentiates from the societal state in the west, where people do consider the situations of being cheated, lied to or even conspired against, but as how society goes, people would at least give you the benefit of the doubt. And this helps pull through a lot of things, because there is a basic level of social trust in a society.
6. The leadership has been extended to… an unknown date.
This was the news from 2018, Xi Jinping can take the seat for pretty much as long as he pleases.
From a Chinese perspective, I can’t tell how is this anywhere near good?
The Chinese I talk to are like, “advocate what the Party teaches”. I mean, seriously?
Even such a blatant act of becoming the new emperor is something that you should “advocate”? And even “support with”?
If Xi is going to take the third term, there is completely no need of changing the constitution, so long he tells everybody, Chinese would just agree to it. Can they even say no? Doubt it.
The problem is that he is not and we don’t know the exact date. Some say that he’s going to be in charge for 20 years, which means that the next two terms he’s still in power. But what happens after 20 years? Who’s going to take his legacy? Chinese leaders usually don’t follow a consistent pattern like what the US does, either being Republican, or Democratic, or a Lunatic. China doesn’t have specifically a Two-Party system, leaders are just leaders almost like random. The previous three leaders, Deng, Jiang and Hu were the same faction, they all advocate for a freer and more capitalistic China. But Xi takes a completely different route. Was Xi even selected as Hu’s successor by Hu? I can’t tell, it’s the Party’s secrets.
But look at the communist history and China history, it’s hard to not become a state of emperor and his subjects. The idea of democracy is never ever reached into people’s hearts.
I like the saying of a recently watched author, he said: “The fragility of China seems just perennial, either by an iron fist, or the ideological support of the whole nation.” So by the foundation, this country is nowhere near the state of democracy if the people can’t realize they need it.
What’s so different than 100 years ago when Qing ruled China? The rulers didn’t give a shit to their subjects, they were just ruling class who never ever get any contact with their subjects. And Chinese were fine with it.
Now, it’s the same. They are fine with it, as long as these people can live, they are cool with whomever rules them. They want to be ruled. What’s the point of giving these people democracy when they don’t even want it?
However, immigration isn’t necessarily fun or fully beneficial. Leaving your culture behind is not cool. Leaving your roots is not cool. Denying your roots is even evil.
Also what about racism, right? Canada is cooler than the States, less racism, cool. But what happens in 10 years and 20 years? Racism is a thing, and being an Asian in a white country is hard.
That’s why I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to leave my roots and I embrace Chinese culture completely. Also I feel like maybe go to Taiwan might be a better solution than permanently settling myself in Canada or the US.
But either way, from a long perspective, I’m not going to stay in any of these places permanently. Because I still have my grand plan in place, which asks me to stay in UK, Germany, Japan each for at least 2 years.