Excerpt from Chapter 14
KeKe was and is a funny guy who loved to learn and speak 'yellow' English (meaning 'blue', dirty, vulgar, or just plain swearing). I remember once we were walking through the grounds of the school, returning to my apartment from somewhere, and in the process were having a disagreement. He said something that I will never forget. In the middle of the argument he turned to me and said: 'I want to F**k you!'
I screamed: 'What? What did you say?'
When he repeated the statement, I asked what he meant by saying that and he said: 'You know! When someone disagrees with someone else, the first person says 'I want to F**k you!'
'No they don't!' I said. 'They say: 'F**k you!'
'Yes!' he replied: 'It means the same thing!'
'No it does not!' I shouted. 'And stop saying that!'
'Why?' he asked. 'No one here can understand what we are saying!'
In a university full of students studying English, he thought no one would understand what we were saying. That is Chinese! KeKe was also a student who fell afoul of the corruption in the Education system in China. He had not gotten a good enough Entrance Examination score to go to a good university, so his father paid a huge sum of 'under the table' money to another university to take him. They took the money but said that he must first do a year at our University before transferring over to their university.
At the end of the year, they informed his father that because of the Government crackdown on 'illegal practices', they could no longer take him - and then promptly kept the money that had been paid. Such is life in China!
In February of 2007 prior to my move to Suzhou, KeKe invited me to spend time with his family in Xiangfan. According to what I wrote about that trip : "Xiangfan is a historical and cultural city in the southwest of Hubei Province with an area of almost 27 thousand square kilometers and a population of 6.75 million. The central part of Xiangfan is a plain. The rest are mountains and hills. Xiangfan has a subtropical monsoon climate with an annual average temperature of 15.8C, and has 240 frost-free days. Annual rainfall averages 878 millimeters". It was a lovely place to visit and I have two particularly good memories of the trip. The first was the time I went to a public restroom while out sightseeing.
I came across an article once which listed all the things foreigners do that indicate that they have lived in China far too long, and what I experienced that day would qualify. As we were walking through a street near the city wall I told KeKe that I needed to use a restroom. At a certain point he pointed and said 'There's a WC!', and off I went. I walked past the group of people in the entrance, followed the sign into the men's section, stood at the urinal and did my business while looking up at the people on the balcony on the building next door and then left. I was about 10 feet from the restroom when it suddenly struck me that I had been in China too long. It was not until I was walking away from the toilet that it occurred to me that it must be quite unsanitary to be slicing and selling pork from the entrance of a public toilet. As I had entered, the only thing that drew my attention was the price per 500gm. That is what living in China does to you.
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2013 Social Commentary Articles
Giving the Finger to Comrade GOOGLE's brand of Communism
By Comrade R.P. BenDedek
August 26, 2013
I have come to the decision that the only thing I can do is take a page out of Comrade Google's 'Little Red Book' and say: 'Screw You!' Comrade Google didn't like the way the Communist Government of China kept changing the rules. Comrade Google would not submit to a 'totalitarian authority'. Comrade Google decided to pull up stakes and leave. Is there a lesson to be learned in that?
Pathological Blindness of Political Correctness
Aug 23, 2013
Here are excerpts from three different articles which all portray symptoms of PC induced pathological blindness. The forces pushing Islam (not to be confused with Muslims practicing Islam) have only one goal which has been stated over and over again by many people in many places at many different times: "To turn the world to Islam" (and destroy the Big Satan - The USA - in the process.)
R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' (http://www.kingscalendar.com ), and is a guest columnist and stand-in Editor at Magic City Morning Star News. He is also the Editor of the 'Writers Journal' at Kingscalendar.com. An Australian, he has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003.
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"The King's Calendar" is a chronological study of the historical books of the Bible (Kings and Chronicles), Josephus, Seder Olam Rabbah, and the (Essene) Damascus Document of The Dead Sea Scrolls