Happy Canada Day! 🤤🍁🇨🇦
Today is the 153th birthday of Canada, and this is also my 18th year of living in Canada.
I'm so proud to be a citizen of this country, but today, I want to talk about something important!
Last week, many cosmetic companies, including L'Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, decided to rename or remove skin whitening products in the current climate of racial justice.
What a big move, considering how much revenue they've generated from the Asia market!
Once again, I'm so thankful for the Western people to tell us Asians how to dress and what should be the standard of beauty, and instead of letting the market decides what people want, the Western people undoubtedly know what's best for us Asians! 🙄
Since we're not allowed to use the whitening product for our skin, then I guess we should also ban all the tanning products from darkening our skin - Oh wait! It's fine to want to be darker since black lives matter!
It also makes me so worried, because I'm about to get my dental appointment for teeth whitening...does that make me a racist for "whitening" my teeth? 😨
What about my white Tee?
I mean it's summer now, do I have to wear black under heat to show that I'm anti-racist? 😲
Oh, what about my zoom interview next week? I was planning to put on a necktie to make it formal, but I guess that's cultural appropriation, after all, how can I wear English attire as a Chinese descent? 😱
Okay, all jokes aside!
My parents sent me to North America at the age of 16, because they believed Canada/U.S is the most advanced place on earth, with innovations, ambitions, advanced science, and math. Most importantly, this is the place of freedom and liberty, with communications and debates, with students challenge each other and learn from each others' point of views.
I remembered how shock I was in the Canadian high school when a student stood up in the classroom and debated the teacher over topics. I remembered how the Canadian teachers would always encourage us Asian students to speak up, express our opinions, and participate more!
I've loved every minute of it!
Unlike the authoritarian style of education in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and China, you are allowed to speak up, and your freedom of speech should not be banned!
This is the enlightenment idea from Voltaire, and one of the foundational reasons why West rules after 18 century!
"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear "
― George Orwell
Now two decades later, everything has completed changed!
No one cares about your idea or care to listen, and you're either in the red team or blue team.
Black and white.
Us or them.
If I voted for Trump, I must be bigotry!
If I'm not with BLM, then I must be a racist!
If I don't want a man to use the same washroom as my wife, then I must be transphobia.
Where does this end?
I don't know...
But I can tell you where it has started throughout history.
It started with Mao's Cultural Revolution, a sociopolitical movement, calling on young people to "bombard the headquarters" and proclaimed that "to rebel is justified" through violent class struggle.
It started with Stalin's Dekulakization, where Kulaks and their families were arrested, deported, and executed throughout the Five Year Plan. Later on, it caused the Ukrainian Famine with the death toll 3 - 12 millions.
If you are not a fan of history, then don't need to look too far, because it also happened this year in March, when Coronavirus spread from China, and therefore, all Chinese must have the virus and need to be deported.
It happened again in June when a cop brutally murdered a young man named George; therefore, all police are bad and need to be defunded!
It's happening now! Because white people brought African slaves to this land, therefore, all White people are supremacist and should be guilty!
It truly saddens me to see how the West's freedom has turned into the socialist state of Communist totalitarianism, something that my grandparents fled away from and a shared history that many of us Asians have.
The young western people nowadays have never experienced life outside the U.S and Canada.
I adored their innocence and good intention, but their naivety sometimes scares me.
Just because you're hiding under your duvet doesn't' mean the monster will not catch you - if there is a monster at all!
Just because you are sad about losing a race, there shouldn't be any awards. Instead, everyone is a winner (aka participation award).
Just because you can't get a good mark, there shouldn't be any tests anymore.
Just because you like to wear a wig, you get to use a female changing room.
Just because you're so fragile to get triggered, the world should be a safe space!
Unfortunately, that's not the reality...
All the people who want to abolish police/army and confiscate firearms, respect your troops and police officers, because when the Chinese and Russian come, singing a Beatle's song is not going to save you!
The war is not a Michael Jackson MV.
I'm often reluctant to write journals like this, as it often will offend certain people, and my parents always taught me to keep my mouth shut and obey orders, after all, that was the environment they've grown up with.
But I will never forget the first Western education I've received, at that age of 16, to hear the Canadian teacher told me to speak up! Because every opinion matters!
So here are some of the current social issues that I believe:
I believe we can do more and work together to solve racism, but I don't believe BLM as an organization!
I believe the LGBTQ rights, and also religious freedom!
I believe the meritocracy, not affirmative actions!
I believe racism exists in individuals, not systematically! (At least, not in U.S/Canada)
I believe peaceful protestors, not the looters!
I believe in police and appreciate their services, and we need more funding to have better training.
I believe firearms and the right to defend oneself and properties.
Finally, I believed in my freedom of speech and yours.
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"