Yang Xiao

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

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Yang Xiao
Posted almost 2 years ago
Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
I think the reason they clap is that Eric does make his point: "The significance of China's example is not that it provides an alternative, but the demostration that alternative EXISTS." Although as a Chinese I do think that Eric is overpraising the one-party system and some of his points don't make sense. And I do think that human rights are totally abused in China and that the authoritarian system really sucks. I even believe that China will become democratic one day. But I still have to admit that it is getting better WITHOUT HAVING AN ELECTION. Democracy is indeed the basic need of human spirits. But it's not the panacea to all social problems. Eric's point is that instead of persuading other countries that democracy can solve all the problems, Westerners should fulfill their own democracy. In fact, I think this one refute Li's Talk more persuasively: http://blog.ted.com/2013/07/01/why-democracy-still-wins-a-critique-of-eric-x-lis-a-tale-of-two-political-systems/
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Yang Xiao
Posted almost 2 years ago
As a 90's in China, what Li said part is right but part is wrong.
Haha, no problem. I find out that actually Chinese students are better in spelling than most Americans. I think the reason is that the teachers in primary schools are extremely strict to us. Once a spelling mistake is found, we have to copy the word for 10 more times. In my opinion, Confucius is popular is because it potentially proves the legitimacy of a hierachy society. The rulers are always utilizing this aspect of Confucius to reduce the diversity of voices.
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Yang Xiao
Posted almost 2 years ago
As a 90's in China, what Li said part is right but part is wrong.
According to the information I've heard, I don't think such a Chinese version of TED does exist. There're are a few TEDx events in China, but with limited impact. I think it is based on the Great Fire Wall in China, thousands of websites have been blocked to us, including Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Yeah I wanna see more Chinese faces, too.
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Yang Xiao
Posted almost 2 years ago
Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
The talk is really inspiring to me. But, actually, being a Chinese, I've never been surveyed even once by the government. Thus, I don't think the politicians in China are concerning for the public- interest. They only make policy that seems to benefit the public when such policies can help them stabilize their status.
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Yang Xiao
Posted almost 2 years ago
Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
Though souds interesting even to me(also a Chinese), but there're two facts about the claim that "Revolution is election" : 1 In China, revolution only occured when the majority of people can't even survive the famine. 2 Each revolution is causing tens of millions of people to die About the two dynasties, what I believe that is the Chinese culture is still alive in Yuan and Qing dynasties. Some of the emperors in Qing dynasty was not even fluent in their own language. But I agree with the ambiguity of 5000 years. What I believe is that Chinese culture which assembled in the form of nation only lasted for 3600 years.