How difficult is it for the Chinese to enter politics? It's like a never-ending unrequited love!
With Zou Zhihui's defeat in the election of the mayor of Toronto, we still failed to see the appearance of the first Chinese mayor. Many friends often ask the author if there are so many Chinese in Canada and Chinese people are in politics, is it really so difficult to win votes? This article will talk about the difficulties of the Chinese in politics.
The first difficulty is that the political circle does not understand the Chinese. Compared with other countries in the world, Canada is very tolerant of immigrants and respect for multiculturalism. This is also why all ethnic groups can produce political figures appearing in all parties. Just this kind of inclusiveness does not mean that the Canadian political circle does not have hidden prejudice and incomprehension towards minority politicians. One of the difficulties for Chinese in politics is that the so-called politicians or party workers from mainstream communities in the party always feel that Chinese politicians are from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan after all, so they do not understand the "Canadian way". When some Chinese or politicians who have immigrated from other regions put forward some constructive opinions, their opinions are often regarded as "ungrounded" and "not understanding Canada." As for whether the opinions of Chinese politicians are really out of date, it is actually difficult to study. Canada is a very multicultural but also very local country. We can see that many politicians on the Internet may live in the same small city throughout their lives, without much international experience and experience. On the other hand, some politicians with immigration background, many of them have an international perspective and world structure. As a result, there is a phenomenon that mainstream politicians or party workers are reluctant to learn from the good experiences of Asia, the United States, and Europe. Some more creative and reformative ideas can hardly be given the attention they deserve when they reach the political circle. Without understanding, the last reason for not adopting is often a simple sentence-This is Canada. It seems that "Canada is not like this" has become a universal reason for inaction and not listening to the ideas of Chinese or other minority politicians.
Compared with the incomprehension of the political circle, the biggest obstacle to Chinese politics is actually the Chinese community itself. The first characteristic of the Chinese community is political indifference. This topic has become commonplace in the overseas Chinese world. Why the Chinese are politically indifferent? This has something to do with the modern history of China in the 20th century, and it also has something to do with the unique "guest" mentality of the Chinese. The Chinese immigrating to North America seems to have a mentality of "We are the guests, and we should be grateful if we are not discriminated against." In fact, the first owner of the North American continent was not a Westerner, but when the ancestors of the Westerners crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to this place, they always regarded this place as their home. Over time they became the so-called "masters". The passing mentality of the Chinese has caused many people to be indifferent to local news and politics. The most direct impact of this indifference is that the Chinese turnout rate is the lowest among all ethnic groups in Canada and the United States. This is why there are only two Chinese out of the eight city councillors in a city with half the Chinese population, and only one of these two Chinese is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. In fact, according to the demographic structure of Metro Vancouver or British Columbia, the Chinese can play a role similar to Latinos in California and become a key minority in politics. Imagine that 50% of Richmond's friends are not Chinese but Latino, then no matter how the mayor chooses, he will be a Spanish speaker. And the low turnout rate of the Chinese really makes many outstanding Chinese politicians unable to win the election in some areas with a large Chinese population.
Another problem involved in political indifference is the "collective political illiteracy" of the Chinese community. What is political illiteracy? I don't know what a three-level government is. There is no concept of what is called a federal system. It is not clear what party advocates. In fact, it is normal for ordinary people not to understand politics that much. But such a high percentage of people who don’t understand is rare among all ethnic groups. Only when I contacted many senior reporters in Chinese-language media did I realize that few people in the media really understand politics and are qualified to be political reporters. Even in an industry with the role of "mass educator" in the media, no one understands politics. Naturally, our community is collectively illiterate. The same is true on university campuses. The author's undergraduate degree is political science, and there are very few Chinese in the department, which is in sharp contrast with the economics department and business school. The reason is that many parents of Chinese students believe that: 1) It is dangerous to engage in politics and my son should not be cannon fodder. 2) Studying politics does not make money.
The result of this is that even if the Chinese reach the second generation, they still have no further understanding of politics. This kind of "illiteracy" will cause Chinese politicians to do the jobs of university political lecturers and media people in addition to politics. Explain the basic concepts patiently, although not many people understand it. Even if you don’t understand politics, some Chinese voters are particularly willing to believe in many incredible political rumors. For example, recently, in order to fight against political opponents in city elections, some people spread the rumors that "schools will give children injections and make them all gay" in the community, so that elementary school students can hear illogical rumors. It is a pity that some parents still believe it. Sometimes the author really wonders about the independent thinking ability of some Chinese. From past experience, there is more than one Chinese candidate who has been defeated by rumors.
Finally, a very terrifying difficulty for Chinese people in politics is that there will be people in the community who will criticize "political people" and "politicians" almost like the Cultural Revolution. And this kind of criticism mainly appears in two media-paper media and online forums. I don’t know why some Chinese friends don’t like the "Hello, I’m hello, everyone" life state, but more enjoy the pleasure of "I’m good, you are not good". This kind of attitude of disapproving of others and doing good deeds always pervades the community. Some friends have no ability, no energy, no courage to engage in politics, but they don’t see other people in the community come out to contribute. As a result, the "acid school" commentators jumped up and down in the Chinese media, each of them regarded themselves as "national teachers". Let them come out and do something, without seeing anyone. There are more so-called "sprayers" on the Internet. They hide in forums, and chat groups are not as "conservative" as those so-called commentators. Spread rumors, "greet" family members. The ultimate goal is to vent, to discredit those who may become important contributors to the Chinese community. So in many cases, elections are carried out and it is the Cultural Revolution. So people in the community who were originally interested and very capable did not dare to go out into politics. May I ask who hopes that he will come out to serve the society with all his enthusiasm, a word of gratitude, and suffering is just being scolded by some people for taking three meals? If being in politics means giving up basic dignity, then it is better to bury your head and make money! In fact, under this kind of political culture of criticism, many Chinese who wanted to participate more in politics and voted more were finally disappointed in politics itself. In short, the Chinese community will continue to do so in a vicious cycle.
How difficult is it for the Chinese to enter politics? It's really like a never-ending unrequited love. You want your party to be good, and the party probably doesn't value you that much. You hope to serve the Chinese community well and have even made a lot of contributions. It’s just that the people in the Chinese community who have received your direct or indirect help may not understand what you have done, and they don’t even bother to understand, let alone appreciate everything you have done. The author believes that many Chinese in politics often ask themselves "what is all for?" In fact, for faith, it is worth it! My father said something to the author--giving itself is a kind of happiness.