As a fan of your podcast coming from mainland China, I feel obligated to just say a few words about the Ho&Lancome incident that you mentioned in your latest episode. First of all really appreciate the fact that you brought it up given the fact that this just happened literally two days ago-well done keeping up with news girls!
I understand that the source of your news must be from western/English medias and it is completely understandable for you to comment about the issue the way you did, however I just wanna highlight that, as someone with a bit more knowledge about Chinese politics and China’s domestic affairs, I believe this case is actually not as “political” as western media outlets described it to be. Having lived in both Europe and the States for almost 10 years, I am more than aware that the American notion of democracy is considered universally applicable today and it is tacitly considered a measurement for progress and civility, however domestic politics of China(just as of any other countries in the world) is far, far more complex than than what you get from the few articles from the New York Times or Washington Post.
The movement Ho supported, while being considered a grand, impressive “democratic movement"in the English world, in fact had more to do with the shifting economic prospects between Hong Kong&mainland China which put people from both sides in increasing hostility with each other(and therefore the public pressure from mainland to terminate Ho’s concert). As for Dalai Lama-oh god, this is seriously THE issue that I’ve always had the biggest headache in explaining to my dear American friends…I don’t want to go into all the horribly long and dry political arguments here, all I want to say is that China(or the Chinese empire, since we are talking about history here), as a country with such long history with constantly shifting geographical boundaries in different dynasties, did conquer Tibet and made it part of its imperial territories for quite some time in the past. This provided political legitimacy for the current Communist regime to claim sovereignty over Tibet-whether this is right or not is a bottomless debate, but I hope you could understand that this is why many Chinese publics today still consider Tibet to be a part of the country therefore are fed up with Dalai Lama’s rhetorics despite that fact that he is being considered a heroic religious and political leader in the western world.
Hope my rambling made at least a little bit of sense…..politics is so complicated yet so intertwined with our everyday lives that no one can truly be out of it to claim objectivity. So let’s stay skeptical and try our best to see the multiplicity of issues instead of making simple judgment. You guys had definitely did a great job on this in terms of discussing pop culture and fashion, so please keep up the good work and continue to engage in open conversations, no matter over this particular issue or anything else political/economic/culture/social/human related!
A Chinese girl