06 July 2020

Videos of the day -- getting out while the getting's good

The two guys who made these videos, who have both lived in China for many years, finally fled the country just a few days ago.  Their stories are revealing.  This is not only a grim totalitarian state, it's rapidly getting worse.  And remember, there are another 1,400,000,000 people living under that regime who have essentially no hope of ever getting out.


Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

China is rapidly becoming oppressive and I think their goal is to become as oppressive as North Korea. There are thousands of expats living there. I don't envy them. It's a beautiful country with an incredible culture but it's veering towards tyranny very quickly.


06 July, 2020 06:51  
Blogger Leanna said...

What is happening in Hong Kong just might happen here in the U.S. if trump has Putin help him win the election again. He wants to stay the leader of the free world so to speak. He has already started with stacking the courts.

06 July, 2020 08:19  
Blogger Mike said...

Sad commentary on China. They say they are Communists but they are acting more like Fascists. My daughter has a friend that goes to China regularly for work. I'll have to check in on her and see how she perceives what's going on over there.

06 July, 2020 09:48  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

and we have one of the 3 stooges in charge who is trying to pick a fight with both there leaders.

06 July, 2020 10:20  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Yes, it's a fascist state which is tightening its grip. I'm surprised these guys stayed as long as they did.

08 July, 2020 01:57  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Even though I'm a tad late here, I wanted to add a few words. First of all, the videos are interesting to me, for sure. My nephew back maybe 7-8 years ago(?) spent a total of about 2 years I reckon in China, he stayed as his residence in Beijing (he was a renter), but travelled on their high speed rail to other towns. He did tell me that he seen some very extreme poverty in a couple rural areas ... but where he stayed in Beijing was kind of middle class. He worked part time there as a martial arts instructor, he also played music with some local musicians, just sit in guitar shop studio stuff, and comparing guitar techniques, he has a really high dollar guitar and plays by choice, death metal, but is versatile on genre and styles, and strings. After a year there, he came back home for Thanxgiving, Christmas, New Years holidayz, then went back for another year. His experience was really different, as a matter of fact, he actually liked it there, showed me all these pictures of his friends, clubs (nightclubs), parks, etc ... he didn't find a Chinese girlfriend, but instead a German girlfriend there he was dating, she done IT work. But as far as I know, he didn't get much hassle ... our conversations when he came back was interesting. He did not once mention anything though about how government worx or what he feels about them/ it ... because I brought up to him a couple times, especially before he left, about the communist thing (he does not like politics at all, and don't follow them here at home, nor votes, nor discusses them) ... mainly because his mom was worried and didn't want him to go, and asked me to talk to him. He said it was a very lively and very happening town, and very robust for business and entrepreneurs from all over the world. He never went back after that 2 year stint, never asked him why or anything. He currently lives here in North Dallas, and works as a fitness trainer in an affluent area of Dallas, that has clients that are well off financially it seems, from the cars I seen outside the business.

08 July, 2020 05:45  
Blogger Tommykey said...

I have been to Hong Kong four times in trips to visit my wife's family in Philippines. Given my anti-CCP and pro-Taiwan posts on Facebook, I would be very wary of even stepping foot in Hong Kong ever again. Would I be subject to arrest under the new security law because of my social media posts? I would rather not take the chance.

08 July, 2020 10:57  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ranch: I imagine you can get by OK there as long as you don't criticize anything -- the guys in the videos lived there for years. But eventually it gets onerous having to self-censor.

Tommykey: Very wise. I wouldn't go there either.

10 July, 2020 02:25  

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