[nyfoil-l] Lee Siu Hin:Journey to My Home 2009--Building Binational China-US Solidarity (2)
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Fri Jun 26 11:23:51 CDT 2009
Lee Siu Hin: Journey to My Home 2009--Building Bi-national China-US
Solidarity and Understanding
Part Two: Updates, Purpose of My Trip
(Friday June 26 - Tianjin, China)
I have been in China for the past two weeks, I am currently staying at
northern Chinese city of Tianjin for family visit. But first, journal of my
trips for the past two weeks…
I arrived Hong Kong at June 10th, then went to southern Chinese costal city
of Zhuhai over the weekend of June 13-15, meeting with my webpage design
team between , and en route to Shenzhen on Monday (June 15th) and leaving to
Dalian by plane on Wednesday June 17th attend one of the biggest IT
convention at China.
Why I am coming to China?
1) Meting with my webpage design team (for ActionLA.org,
ImmigrantSolidarity.org, PeaceNOWar.net and ActivistVideo.org) for the upgrade, and new
project for developing e-Activism.org for on-line activist organizing.
2) Building bi-national China-U.S. solidarity projects for activist
exchange, platform for mutual & respectful dialogue and hosting a possible future
U.S. activist delegations to China.
3) Visiting my family—my parents are currently living at northern Chinese
city of Tianjin.
It’s true that for historical reason, Chinese people more likely understand
U.S. then American understand China. It’s seems like hard to believe but I
almost never found a *real* Chinese restaurant in the U.S.—therefore; most
American never able to see the “real” China and misunderstand our
country. And I feel it’s my destiny and duty as international peace activists to
tell everyone what I saw in China, and to build China-U.S. bi-national
Before I talk about China, it’s also important to talk about me—who I am?
Where my family are came from?
According to my family legend, we were a Ming dynasty’s emperor’s warrior
from northern China, moved to southern Chinese region of Guangdong, and
settled at Zhungshan (_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhongshan_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhongshan) ) for the past 600 years.
At late 19th century, my family once again left the homeland and moved to
Kobe, Japan for better economic opportunity around 1880’s for due the
impacts from bloody Chinese civil war of Taiping rebellion
), we stayed in Japan for the next 60 years, my father and grandfather
were born in Japan.
As Chinese migrants in Japan at the early 20th we faced many
discriminations and during World War II when Japan start forcing Chinese migrants to the
forced labor, my family decided to leave the country and move to Hong Kong
(it was occupied by Japan during World War II).
After the WW II, my father was a sailor for while, transporting goods
between Hong Kong an Southeast Asia, later open his shipping company until his
retirement. For the past 150 years we’re family of migrant which close
relations with Ocean.
I was born in Hong Kong and later moved to Yokohama, Japan with my parents
at early 1970s for business reason, I first went to Japanese public school
(1st grade) then moved to Chinese-run migrant school at 2nd-4th grades, It’
s critical for me to understand I am Chinese because the school helped me
learn Chinese language, culture and most important at all--the root. While I
need to spend almost 4 hours round trips everyday to commute school ALONE
(when I was between 8 to 10 years old) and faced discrimination and even
ambush/bully by Japanese kids on my way to the school/home every day (because
Japanese racism consider hundreds of thousands of Chinese and Korean
migrants—the two major minority groups in Japan—never have rights of
citizenships—consider to be inferior), I fought with them and I never regret.
We left Japan on mid-70s, moved to Macau (former Portuguese colony) then
back to Hong Kong at late 70’s to finish my high school. Then I moved to
Canada at mid-80’s and moved to U.S. at late 80’s.
The pronunciation of my name also reflects the historical-political
differences—while my name written in the same way (at Chinese characters) The
pronunciation at Hong Kong, Japan and China will be different: Hong Kong when
it was still British colony, the pronunciation of my name was based on
British-design Cantonese standard: Lee Siu Hin. If the pronunciation of my name
based on standard Chinese Mandarin, it’ll be: Li Xiao Xuan. When I was
living in Japan, the pronunciation of my name will be based on Japanese: Lee
Shou Ken. It’s not just a technicality issue on how to pronounce my name—
using different way of pronunciation could mean your ethnic identity as well
as political background.
My first stop the working trip is Zhuhai, China meeting with my IT team.
They had been our critical IT backbone and supporters for all our activism
web pages need in the U.S.
On 2005, after our Los Angeles-based volunteer webpage designer need to
move on, we desperately need to find another critical volunteer-based webpage
administrator. While U.S. is the largest IT country with many unemployed
web designers looking for jobs, yet I cannot find any U.S.-based Internet “
activist” could willing to help us on volunteer or stipend–based (we’re
willing to paid some money from out of the pocket when we’re all
volunteer-based organization and I was a low-paid sweatshop worker).
I almost give up, but at a very luck—I found one of my friend who was
recently (on 2003) moved to a Chinese costal town of Zhuhai
(_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhuhai_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhuhai) ) working at a
U.S.-based IT outsourcing company. Zhuhai is 60 Km west from Hong Kong
(former British colony) water distance on the other side of Pearl River delta, or
just across the border north from Macau (former Portuguese colony).
At that moment, I didn’t know too much about Chinese IT industry—because I
left Hong Kong at mid-80’s, my first and the entire computer/Internet
experience was at U.S.—I never learn how to type Chinese nor visit Chinese
website. My memory of Zhuhai at 1970s was a very small farming town border with
Macau without any “city” feeling nor significant industry—not eve mention
phone service! So when my friend suggest to ask his IT friends at Zhuhai
to help me, I was kind of skeptical if that’s going to work.
Our first working meeting was over skype on-line conference call, I was
quickly impressed by their skills, professionalism and passion to support our
activism work. For the next 3 years we only communicate thru
e-mail/phone/skype conference without ever met—until 2008.
I am highly appreciated their help and the work, they willing to help us
(sometimes free, sometimes stipend-based) because they believes my activism
work and want to show the false notion of Western domination of Internet as
well as White savoir-ism. They want to proof Chinese internet activist can
influence the World and thump U.S. imperialist’s noise.
I spend 3-days stay at Zhuhai working meetings and stay at one of my
teammember’s house and eat with their family (to save my trip’s money).
We envision developing a new cyber activism projects.
More stories of my trip will be coming soon….
Reports from my past trips:
Journey to My Home: June - July 2008
Journey to My Home: Hong Kong and China 2004
Lee Siu Hin
National Immigrant Solidarity Network _http://www.ImmigrantSolidarity.org_
Peace NO War Network _http://www.PeaceNOWar.net_
Action LA Network _http://www.ActionLA.org_ (http://www.ActionLA.org)
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