This summer, I was given the opportunity to go to China and teach English there with a friend of my mother's. I turned it down, not because I don't think it would be a good opportunity, but because I'm on a 'boycott' of China. I know I'll still have to buy Chinese goods etc, but I refuse to give the country my tourism.
I see China as comprising part of the uncivilised world, owing to its appalling record on human rights and censorship within its borders. The fact that they executed one of our citizens last year reaffirmed this to me. What they do to their own citizens is their own business, but when they murdered a British person they lost the last scrap of respect that I had for them. I don't think he should have been let free, but imprisoned for life in a harsh Chinese jail.
Therefore, I think that working in a country like that would result in me supporting a vile regime. I would be going from a superior country to there, and would be risking my safety.
Do you think I'm silly in holding these views?
yes. if you were angry about human rights, why not north korea? oh yeah, its not sensational enough. what a stupid question. They were not wrong to execute that man. It was their law, everytime you go on a plane you are asked if you are carrying anything that you have not packed yourself. He lied. So he died. Mental illness or not.
His bipolar was a load of bolloxs. There seemed no argument that he was guilty of trying to poison the chinese people with his drugs. Just the sentence. Well next time (damn bit late for him) don't smuggle drugs into a country who do not tolerate drug smuggling scum. Their country ,their laws, and a waster got topped, boo hoo. Pity we can't export one or two of their judges over here. A violent rapist got 3 yrs in this country,we send men to prison for beating up a man who had just robbed and attacked their families, are we in a postition to pontificate over the chinese?
I just don't like the country and their laws. I have no plans to ever visit.
Yeah, well maybe China is going to boycott you. How do you like them apples?
I went to china to teach, only for a short time I will admit, but I would say you don't really need to worry about your safety all that much, the people of china were so welcoming and friendly, I understand that you don't agree with the government and how the country is run but it is an amazing opportunity to see somewhere so different to what you're used to.
I think you might regret not doing this because its such a great opportunity, but if your views are really that strong then I don't blame you really.
Another thread bites the dust.