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Reasons Why the Jasmine Revolutions Can’t Reach Asia… Yet

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2011 by Ian Pham

For a time, it was perceived that the power of the Jasmine Revolutions would somehow find its way to Asia.  Unfortunately, this has proven to be more optimism than reality.  How is it that the countries in the Middle East and North Africa are able to stage their peaceful revolution while Vietnam and China seem nearly unshaken by this ordeal?  There are several factors that have contributed to the prevalence of the totalitarian regimes.  The biggest reasons why the Communists have the upper hand lie in the Communists’ revolutionary expertise, the Confucian orthodoxy of Asian society, and the peoples’ vague knowledge of true democracy.

The most obvious obstacle of all stems from the brutality and sophistication of the Communist system.  These people have descended from the most brutal of dictators like Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, and Joseph Stalin.  Born and bred in the revolutionary arts, they are systematically trained to brainwash, capture, and eliminate anyone or anything that poses a threat to the Party.  In a matter of speaking, the Communists have trained their men to think like robots.  Obey the government, and nothing else.  The massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989 should show how far the Communists will go to cling to power.  They killed their own people, and are prepared to do it again.

Another very strong reason why the autocrats have been so strong in Vietnam and China comes from the Confucian aspect of Asian society.  The teachings of Confucius always preached the greatness of the emperor and how the people should submit to him, no matter what the cost.  And because the people of Vietnam and China followed these teachings more than 2000 years, it is enshrined in both cultures that the government goes unchallenged.  The Communist leaders are viewed as the new emperors, and this Confucian aspect of Asian society stands in the way of a true popular uprising in both countries.

Lastly, having never experienced the true potential of democracy, the people of Vietnam and China have no clear foundation to establish themselves.  It is true that South Vietnam was once democratic, but that generation is slowly withering away.  Some intellectuals studying abroad have learned about democracy, but they have been shut out and silenced by the overbearing strength of the Communist system.  Furthermore, the northern half of Vietnam has never experienced democracy, and are even less capable of conceptualizing the idea of democracy.  They think Communism is all there is, and is what always will be.

The brutality and ruthlessness of the Communist system has created a powerful barrier, preventing the people from rising up.  The teachings of Confucius, which teaches the people to respect and submit to the emperor, reflected today by the Communist Party, helps blur the fact that these governments are completely incompetent.  Finally, even if the people of Vietnam and China were to stage their revolutions successfully, they need to learn more about democracy in order to establish a sustainable foundation.  Before these issues get revolved, a popular uprising in Asia is highly unlikely.

That being said, nothing is written in stone.  Just because the country is faced with these challenges, it doesn’t mean that all hope is lost.  The old Communists may have found ways to suppress the population, but that does not mean that these methods will work forever.  One courageous act can change the course of history, and in the end, the fate of the country will lie in the hands of the people.  The non-intellectuals of Vietnam and China may not know about democracy, but in this age of endless information, this situation can be fixed very quickly.  Those who follow the teachings of Confucius should take a second look at the “Mandate of Heaven,” and finally see that the current regime has lost all legitimacy, and that it is time for a change.  To the people of Asia, to the people of the world, press on.  Never give up.

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Political Cartoon: Dominoes

Posted in Art, Political Cartoons, Politics with tags , , , on March 27, 2011 by Ian Pham

Hey there dear readers, this blog has taken a hit in the past few weeks.  So many things have been going on, making it difficult to put out new blog posts.  I thought that the worst of it is over, but surprise!  There is still so much going on, making it hard to stay focused.  Well, life is full of surprises, and that is something that will never change.  Thus, I will continue to blog and try my best to keep you updated and entertained in the days to come.

This is a political cartoon that is proving to be true in the Middle East and North Africa, with the potential to spread even to the countries of Asia.  However, it is unfortunate that the momentum has lost its steam along these lines, for the Communists have carefully prepared for the coming wave.  China and Vietnam have been successful in preventing the Jasmine Revolution from hitting their respective frontiers, blocking the flow information and bitterly smashing any signs of dissent from the population.

Even so, I am optimistic that the change sweep across Asia as it is doing in the Middle East.  The difference here is that the  Communist system has established a monopoly in every aspect of the country, so it is without a doubt that any challenge to this extreme totalitarian regime will take much longer t0 develop.  That being said, the days of the Communists  are numbered.

This is especially true in Vietnam’s case.  The countless betrayals of the  Vietnamese Communist Party continues to erode their legitimacy, making them weaker than their counterparts in China.  The stupid governing of the Vietnamese Communist Party is slowly pushing their people to the breaking point, and ever closer to a real revolution.  The same can be said in China, though they are in a more advantageous position over their own people than the Vietnamese Communists.

So for these reasons, the amazing accomplishments that have created a domino effect in the Middle East and North Africa has much potential in reaching Asia.  But because the Communists have such a tight grip on the people, it will take longer for the movements to cultivate.  Even so, the people of Asia want democracy.  Vietnam, China, Burma, and all the other dictatorships are fighting for their very existence, and even one spark can change the course of history.  Let’s fight for it together.

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Political Cartoon: Tunisia the Catalyst

Posted in Art, Political Cartoons, Politics with tags , , , , on March 1, 2011 by Ian Pham

Here is a great political cartoon that pretty much speaks for itself.  It all started with Tunisia, then it spread to Egypt, and now Libya.  Needless to say that the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia was a catalyst, sparking numerous uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East.  These uprisings are fought in the name of freedom and democracy, a big blow to dictatorships everywhere.

This democratic movement has gained tremendous momentum, affecting not only the Middle East, but potentially reaching Asia as well.  It is now common knowledge that the rulers China and Vietnam, the last of the Communist dictatorships, are terrified of what this could mean for their one-party rule.  That is why they are sinking all their resources into preventing their people from becoming aware of the events spreading across the Middle East.

Even so, anonymous democratic organizers are calling upon the people of China to come together and fight the oppressive rule of the Chinese Communist Party.  In Vietnam, the police are preparing for the coming conflict against the Vietnamese population who are ready to fight for their rights and freedoms.  It started in Tunisia, but has swept passed Egypt into Libya, and is now seeping into the tightly controlled totalitarian countries of Vietnam and China.

It is a ticking time bomb, one that these Asian dictatorships are desperately trying to prevent.  This cartoon suggests that the revolutions will not only hit Vietnam and China, but will wash away the oppressive regimes in Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar (Burma) as well.  The governments of all these nations are doing everything they can to keep the Jasmine Revolution from coming to them.

They are scared out of their minds as they witness the fall of their counterparts in distant countries.   Now they must come to terms with the very real possibility of being toppled by their people.  The time is right for the citizens to overthrow these oppressors and bring the world ever closer to a period of peace and cooperation.  We must send our best wishes to all the people in this struggle.  Support the revolution!  Freedom and democracy now!

Democratic Protests Barely Reaches China

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2011 by Ian Pham

The democratic movement, sweeping through North Africa and the Middle East, has actually made it to China, well almost.  Less than two days ago, the Chinese Communist Party nearly faced their own wave of protests.  Unfortunately, the Chinese government acted quickly to crush the fledgling movement.  As a result, much of the gatherings and demonstrations were quelled, long before it gained momentum.

Initially planned were 13 protest locations stationed throughout the country.  It is not known who was behind the planning of the protests, as it was organized over Chinese social networking sites.  Nonetheless, the Chinese government moved swiftly to make sure that this event did not get out of control.  Social network sites were shut down, texts were blocked, other things of that nature occurred.  Several people were arrested and detained by police, but the government did not face significant opposition.

What just happened in China is a small event.  Some people were taken in by the police, a few are actually still missing, but most of the people were sent home or turned away.  Many of those involved were actually not aware of the situation and were just curious of all the commotion.  In the end, the Communist Party put down the calls for a “Jasmine Revolution” extremely quickly, way before things fell out of their grasp.

One should understand the differences between the Communist system and the strongmen the Middle East.  What sets the Communists apart from Hosni Mubarak’s regime is the Communists’ extreme emphasis on surveillance, police, brainwashing, and controlling the flow of information.  The Communists came to prominence from revolutionary ideals, becoming experts in recognizing and repressing revolutionary forces.  These people were born from revolution, specially trained to anticipate, manage, and crush an impending revolution before it even occurs.  If the Communists are good for anything, it’s dealing with revolution.

Even so, the people can still prevail.  Just because it is relatively harder to spark a revolution in China and Vietnam does not mean that it’s impossible.  At the end of the day, the people decide what is best for the country, and no amount of gunpowder can ever change that.  When the battle for freedom falls on the hearts and souls of the citizens, guns will become useless.  If people are willing to die for their country, a gunshot will mean nothing.  Tunisia has shown us, Egypt has shown us, and now Libya will soon show us that under any regime, the will of the people reign supreme.

Final Thoughts on Egypt

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on February 12, 2011 by Ian Pham

By now, the news of Mubarak’s departure from the Egyptian government has become widespread.  The people of Egypt have won over Mubarak’s oppressive regime, ready to take the country in a new direction.  Violent demonstrations that erupted across Egypt have now been replaced with jubilant celebrations and hope.  Egyptian flags waved proudly as fireworks illuminated Tahrir Square.  With the world behind them, the Egyptian people are now paving the way for an era of freedom and democracy.

It is amazing what the people have accomplished, ousting the autocratic Hosni Mubarak through a peaceful, yet forceful, uprising.  The titanic celebrations that took place at Tahrir Square is an inspirational event that marks the end of an era and the welcoming of a brighter future.  I want to congratulate the the people of Egypt for their achievements and commend them on their courage.  Their determination has shown us that, ultimately, the force of heart and the people’s will  are much stronger than the barrel of a gun.

I view this monumental victory as a guiding light for the people of Vietnam and China.  What the Egyptians accomplished here can be a model for the people of Asia to learn from.  It is imperative that everyone understand that for a country to truly prosper, the will of the people must reign supreme over all else, including the government.  U.S. President Barack Obama once stated that “prosperity without freedom is just another form of poverty.” It is for this reason that in the end, the people must decide what is best for the country.  Governments may rise and fall, but the people are never wrong.

Photographs acquired from The Los Angeles Times.  Simply beautiful.

A Symbol of Hope

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on February 10, 2011 by Ian Pham

The world has been paying very close attention to the happenings of North Africa (I mistakingly referred to the region as the Middle East before, oops!), and for good reason.  The outbreaks in Tunisia last month, as well as the more recent events in Egypt, shows that the population of any country is capable of sparking a revolution, no matter how oppressive their governments are.  The people of these countries toppled their corrupted leaders, punishing them for their wrongful acts.

Though the future of these countries are still to be determined, it is significant to say that the people have made a change.  The Tunisian people ousted their President, forcing him to flee the country to a haven oversees.  In Egypt, the population is currently figuring out what to do with Hosni Mubarak, the outgoing President of the country.  Needless to say, these autocrats have lost their mandate to govern.  They have lost the support of the people and must now deal with the consequences.

What does this have to do with the people of Vietnam and China? At the moment, the governments of these Communist countries are trying everything in their power to censor these events from their people.  Why?  The people in North Africa rose up, united as one to punish their oppressors, something that the people of Vietnam are struggling to accomplish.  The Communists are cracking down harder than ever, because their very existence is on the line.

What would happen if the Vietnamese people turned on the TV and saw the revolutions erupting across Egypt and Tunisia?  If the people of Vietnam somehow witnessed the protests across North Africa, they would surely emulate.  The government’s right to govern lies in the hands of the people, if the government betrayed the people of the country, they deserve to get punished to the full extent of the law.  The new generation of Vietnamese do not yet understand that, but in time, they will.

The actions of the people in North Africa shows that it is very possible to overcome  a repressive government, that the government’s authority ultimately lies in the hands of the people.  Their achievements are a symbol of hope for everyone who wish to be liberated from the oppression of dictatorships everywhere.  The Communist governments in Vietnam and China should learn a lesson from North Africa, because it is only a matter of time before their populations punish them as well.

Communist Countries Censor Egypt

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , on February 8, 2011 by Ian Pham

As forecasted, both China and Vietnam are censoring all happenings in and around Egypt in frantic efforts to keep their people from finding out.  The events taking place in Egypt, not to mention Tunisia and elsewhere in the Middle East, are quite revolutionary in nature.  This is something that the Communists are extremely afraid of and will try everything to keep their people from mimicking.

The governments of Vietnam and China have censored all searches that include “Egypt” as a keyword.  According to Newsweek, China is regards the events happening in the Middle East as “a continuation of colored revolutions that toppled authoritarian post-Soviet regimes in Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan.”  It is obvious that this reasoning worries the Communists, as the global impacts of these events may lead to the toppling of their respective regimes as well.

If the people of Asia realized what was happening in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, they would surely learn from these events and turn against the Communists.  The Communists of Vietnam and China understand this very well.  The chance of their populations rising up against the Party terrifies the Communist leaders, which is why they are doing everything they can to keep their people from making this dream a reality.  Information is a powerful weapon.