Tuesday, April 22, 2008

China’s 'Torch Heroine' Is Now A Traitor!

Jin Jing holds on tightly to the torch to keep it away from attackers during the Paris leg of the relay April 7, 2008. [Xinhua]

A week, it’s often said, is a long time in politics. In China today, it’s long enough for the tide of public opinion to turn viciously against someone who was celebrated not long ago as a ‘national heroine’.

Barely a week ago, Jin Jing, a disabled Chinese woman fencer who was one of the Olympic torchbearers in Paris, was being hailed in China as a “saviour of national honour” for defending the torch from pro-Tibet demonstrators who attempted to seize it from her.

Images of the pretty, one-legged Chinese woman rising from her wheelchair to valiantly hold on to the torch were plastered all over Chinese newspapers. Jin, who was christened “the smiling angel on a wheelchair”, was interviewed by all the official media.

In a nation seething with wounded pride over the protests against the torch relay in London and Paris, Jin was instantly embraced as a symbol of Chinese resolve to make the Olympics a success despite the effort of “anti-China forces” to “disrupt” the Games later this year.

But all that has changed today. Jin is now being targeted for abuse as a “race traitor”, and in the colourful language that characterises contemporary Chinese political discourse, as “an utterly brainless, evil-eyed wolf.”

What has changed since last week? It turns out that in one of the many interviews she gave during the short time she was savoured as a celebrity, Jin cautioned against the virulent mobilisation of Chinese citizens for a boycott of French supermarket chain Carrefour.

The campaign began initially as a call to boycott Carrefour on May 1, Labour Day, on the charge (since denied by the supermarket chain) that its parent company had donated funds to the Dalai Lama, who is reviled in China as a “splittist”.

But in recent days, the boycott call has gained momentum, and thousands of protesters have been gathering at Carrefour outlets to protest against Tibetan independence and alleged Western media bias in the coverage of developments in the troubled region in China’s west.

Jin said that the call to boycott Carrefour was unwise because the company employs many Chinese people, who would be hurt economically by a widespread boycott. For speaking out against the boycott call, which has proved hugely popular in China, Jin became the target of China’s army of “cybernationalists”, who have branded her a “traitor”.

“Jin Jing must have been paid off by the French,” posted one Netizen. “First she lost her leg; now, she’s lost her mind,” said another. “Are you capable of representing the Great Han Race?” asked a third. (DNA)

***** For such are the dangers of blind nationalism.
Interesting Read: Latest propagandic episode from start to (just about) finish

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

no comment? that's strange! but if it's islam just watch the vitriols!!!!!!

11:53 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah!!!! i'm going to carrefour to enjoy the cheap prices there!!!While there I'm gonna wave the tibet flag!!!viva la tibet!!!!

12:49 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous shag said...

She is a rightist enemy of the people!
She must attend self criticism sessions to be rehabilitated.

3:27 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever she is if she sides other against her own race she is a traitor to her own race. FULL STOP!
I don't love Tibetans and I do not hate Tibetans too. But if they turn viloent, they should e curbed!! FULL STOP!
They can't destroy innocent people's property!
And, those who started the attacks are monks!!! M_O_N_K_S!
Do they practice what they preach or they preach but practise otherwise???
Then what is the use of listening to their preaching????

7:31 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking of rightist enemy, self criticism,rehabilitation n other bull shit. This is 2008 nut case not the era of Mao or the Gang of 5
Just get lost SHAG with our utter stupidity, perhaps to China.

10:05 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

correct: with your utter stupidity

10:06 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tibet is occupied territory, just like Isreal occupation of Palestine land. By right there should have been mass demo in KL on the torch just like UMNO sometimes demonstrating in support of Palestine.
The people of Tibet never invited the chinese to land on their soil. It was forced and brutal take over for which the chinese should forever be ashamed off, not to forget the babaric invation and occupation of thousands of kilometres of Indian territory along its border. Give an inch, take a yard applys 100% to this chinese race.

10:18 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does USA belong to the whites?
Does Australia belong to the whites?
If you go back to history, ... how far you prepare to go?
To the "beginning"? Nothing belongs to anybody!
You live with what you have now, son.
No use provoking violence and hurting the innocents.

6:00 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FULL STOP..what about the chinese violence towards the tibetans right to independence...if you don't want violence against you don't be violent to others.FULL STOP.

2:05 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, father...you can say that nothing belongs to nobody when something is now in your hands. Very convenient morality!!!

2:06 PM GMT+8  

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