It’s important to be gravely ill for multiculturalism

Via the ABC (following on from every other property mind control media outlet):

When Karen showed up at Qingdao International Airport on Saturday afternoon for a flight to Australia, she found the airport in disarray.

It was supposed to be a routine flight to Sydney to start a new year of university.

Instead Karen, an international student from China’s Shandong province, was barred from checking in. She was told to sit in the departure hall to wait but as evening fell she discovered her flight had been cancelled.

Airline staff explained the Australian Government had announced a travel ban and that she should wait two weeks for further information.

A Sydney law student, who wants to be known as Ritsu, was also supposed to return to Sydney this week after what was supposed to have been a peaceful Lunar New Year reunited with family.

Now, like thousands of their peers, Karen and Ritsu are grounded in China, where the coronavirus has killed more than 300 people.

For many international students, accommodation, academic progression and employment in Australia all hang in the balance.

“I have absolutely no idea what will happen from here,” Ritsu says, describing the travel ban as an “excuse for racism”.

Ritsu has not been outside his apartment in Xiaogan — 50 kilometres from the centre of Wuhan — for almost two weeks.

Coronavirus has sparked racist attacks — including on me

“When I heard about the US travel ban, I was worried,” Ritsu says, expressing concern Australia would follow the US decision. He was right.

The stress caused by the travel ban is not limited to international students.

Their families are also concerned about whether their children will fall behind in their studies.

“My grandparents were originally worried about how fast the disease is spreading but now they’re also very concerned about whether I can continue my education,” says Ritsu, who has already enrolled in classes and paid tuition for this academic year.

“I feel anxious every day and am constantly checking my emails for updates from my uni but they have only given out very general advice,” he says.

Ritsu is also unable to begin a planned internship with a research centre and is beginning to worry he may have to suspend his legal studies.

There is one silver lining, however. His employment at a barristers’ chambers will be unaffected, thanks to a promise to keep the position open for him.

But other challenges loom: his accommodation lease ends in March. Should he renew it? Should he continue hunting for a new flatmate?

Even when the Australian government’s travel ban is lifted students like Ritsu, who comes from Hubei province, will have difficulty accessing an Australia-bound flight because of strict travel bans within China.

Another international student, who wanted to be known as Ray, is currently quarantined at home in Beijing.

She is angry with the Australian Government and says the travel ban is a “poorly thought out knee-jerk reaction to follow the US”.

From Wuhan to Australia

Her worst fear is being told she must defer her studies. “I’m a law student, so many units have iron-clad pre-requisites,” she says. “This means if I miss one semester, I might as well have missed the whole year.

While Ray is lucky to be able to afford to continue paying her rent in Sydney, financial constraints mean many of her friends are unsure how long they can do the same.

Ray says she is concerned about finding a paid job in Sydney if the travel ban is extended: “It’s already extremely difficult to find a job in Australia as an international student, even if you are already doing really well academically.”

Some international students fear their Australian visa status could be under threat if they fail to meet university attendance quotas.

These attendance quotas often require international students to attend lectures and tutorials in person with a minimum percentage of skipped classes. Limited infrastructure exists to deliver courses online.

Others feel there is an “information gap” between the universities and international students which has left them feeling unsure about their status.

Abbey Shi, an international student from Shanghai and general secretary of the University of Sydney Students’ Representative Council, has set up social media chat groups to collect information about affected students, their locations and academic circumstances.

Some universities have delayed enrolment and offered refunds and deferments if students are unable to return in time.

But Shi says many students want to follow Monash University’s decision and delay the commencement date of semester one classes.

Chinese international students have also begun a change.org petition which demands the travel ban be overturned and describes it as “rash and reckless”. As of Monday morning the petition had attracted more than 11,000 signatures.

Is this racist?

Meanwhile, the travel ban has contributed to a sense of racism against the Chinese-Australian community.

Australian health authorities have advised travellers arriving in Australia from China after February 1 stay at home for at least 14 days from their departure date.

But these guidelines are not always easy to carry out.

Sydney high school teacher Jiawei Zhu arrived on a flight from Wenzhou on the weekend.

She was asked to move out of her flat, where she shares common spaces with her landlord, because of concerns that she might be infected with the coronavirus.

She was forced to arrange alternative accommodation for two weeks at short notice.

Her landlord agreed to cover half the cost of Zhu’s temporary accommodation but she is distressed by her treatment.

“It’s unclear how this situation should be resolved and who should cover the costs of my rent while I’m living elsewhere,” said Zhu.
Some instances of racial profiling have been more overt.

On Sunday Chinese-Australian man Jono Gu saw racist graffiti on walls in Melbourne and a driver shouted at him to “go home” while he was wearing a face mask.

“It was disappointing and surprisingly regressive for what’s meant to be one of the most progressive cities in Australia,” Gu said.

“It’s all adding to an atmosphere of increased racial tension,” he says.

I feel for our ethnic Chinese brothers and sisters. Nobody would wish coronavirus upon another human being.

But, of course we should be blocking all travel from China. What else do you do when a lethal virus can be transmitted prior to showing symptoms? This is basic utilitarian policymaking.

It’s not racist. If the virus was epicentered in England or Tasmania we should do the same.

That’s not say that there isn’t racism around. There always is. It’s wrong.

But the obsession with labelling anybody and everybody “racist” that takes sensible precautions against a global pandemic is ridiculous. Worse, it’s derilication of duty. Australia’s mind control property media has virtually shut down coronavirus discussion and debate, endangering the public interest.

It’s not obvious why a country must get gravely ill to protect a few people’s feelings.

David Llewellyn-Smith

Comments

  1. Stewie GriffinMEMBER

    Because it is important in these moments of global viral panic that the true threat to our lives and way of life not go unmentioned – racists.

    It is all the more important that the ABC remind us at this time, due to the more insidious risk of racism subconciously being accepted based around psesudo-legitimate (fake) grievances such as supposed threats to our own safety by non-acceptance of different cultural practices, like hoiking up giant lung cookies and spitting them them on the ground like many Chinese are fond of doing.

    Honestly, it is just pure racism not to accept their right to do so, commenting or scolding them as to their cultural practices is just pure racism.

    • There is an interesting psychological phenomena here. People who come from nations that place entire ethnic groups in re-education camps, openly base policy on race and express their contempt for dark skin colour in the media etc all of a sudden become highly sensitised to racism when they arrive in Australia. They begin to see it everywhere. It is the cause of absolutely every major and minor inconvenience. By anecdotes they can prove it. One idiot saying something that can be interpreted as racist (Asians should….) is proof. Film of a bogan’s rant on a bus goes viral. That defines Australia and the ABC parades it like evidence of a national bigotry.

      What if we all played that game and were given a megaphone in the media? How would that play out? What if we all got to voice our individual “lived experience”.

      True story: At a busy intersection in Melbourne two cars collided in the middle of the intersection. I ran to one car to give first aid to the driver who was in shock and bleeding and called an ambulance. Trams backed up behind and the ambos arrived and I stayed to keep talking to the injured person giving reassurance as she was being removed. Just then a Chinese student jumped from the tram and ran over to us and leaned inside the car to address the ambo in a heavy accent: “Can you move the car off the road – I will be late for my exam”. The ambo looked up at him with ill concealed disgust and pointed into the student’s face “go away” he commanded in a voice not to be messed with – and the student scuttled back to the tram without having ever looked at the accident victim.

      Now, I’m not ready to say that all Chinese students are devoid of compassion on the basis of a single experience like this. But I am willing to bet that if we got a few thousand people to relate their “lived experience” that a completely destructive form of discourse would evolve around a narrative that would then be “proven”. For the ABC to encourage the racist narrative on the basis of a collection of anecdotes is doing exactly the same thing. It elevates emotional opinion and proves it with anecdotes. Most of all it distracts from the blindingly obvious that we all know – vastly more racism exists in China. It is the cowardly soft option for Chinese students (or any other international student from a culture where an institutional caste system exists) to turn on Australia and claim that it is a racist bastion, while avoid addressing the mother load of the problem.

      Collectively it is time to call this double standard out. The race card is dog-eared and grubby and the ABC has played it again and again to support a victim narrative. Most have sat on their hands and that has been the problem. Enough.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        Yes, excellent post Clive.
        The ABC have been truely making Cvnts of them selves on this issue.
        I was typing in a rant to ABC 702 this morning when the client came out to let me into the job, so I didn’t finish and send.
        They had some paid University Sheila shilling on about how the travel bans are racist!
        I felt like smashing her through the radio.
        If people die in this Country, in large numbers from this Virus I pray that these money grubbing Cvnts get dragged out into the streets and butchered by a mob.

        These “Cultural leaders” pontificating on the ABC have an irresponsible and total disregard for all Australia people’s lives!

        • When I get time I am going to make a formal complaint about the more egregious examples of what laughingly passes as journalism.

        • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

          Fundamentally Globalists don’t see borders, thus attempt to keep people out will be seen as racism. FFS most of those ABC nogs are Open Border nutcases anyway…. the ABC is well on its way to becoming as Anti-Australian as the BBC is Anti-British.

        • EP. Every piece on “racism” trivialised to small anecdotes and whinges, weaponises accusations and makes ‘actual’ racism harder to identify and talk about.

          Do we talk about the enslaved underclasses of stateless people in Asia made to work for less pay than a local? What about the racist cultural policies in China that selectively elevate Han Chinese? How about the new caste system of Middle Class Indians who’s families advertise in the newspaper for a groom/bride of the same status and use their children as commodities? This last practice leaves millions of young men unable marry – or even have a relationship as they are treated as the new untouchables. This is a major factor in sexual abuse – but we are never likely to talk about it because it might be “racists” and not play to the selected narrative.

          I’m beginning to wonder if many of the “journalists” and “leaders” have ever lived in the cultures that they seem hell-bent on promoting. Our ABC experts seem to be drawn from the inner city talent pool of cowardly custards who are never going to spend the time finding out how stupid this looks from the perspective of those who have spent a very long time working and living in Asia. Or even those who live in Asian nations.

          There are hundreds of issues in Asia that are predicated on bigotry and lead to inequality, exploitation and slavery. Secular democracies were set up as a solution to many of these ills; one set of laws, public values and one people of one nation. And are the media defending this system? Nope.

          And why don’t we discuss where emerging diseases come from and why the lion’s share emerge in China? Why not discuss what risks this has for a “globalised” world?

          There is one key reason. These brain-dead ideologically possessed wimp “journalists” are confusing “race” with “culture”.

          Every cultural issue that badly needs calm and respectful discussion is dressed up as an issue of race – when it mostly has nothing to do with “race”. If so, what race? Do these morons in ABC have any concept of the 100s of self identifying “races” and “tribes” in Asia? Only people as dumb as the ABC journalists who write this sort of tosh believe that and “Asian race” is a meaningful concept in Asia. There are 56 ethnic groups in China – 36 Hill tribes in Thai-Burma alone and a vast complex of ethno-national interests – they don’t sit about feeling that they have much in common with each other. But we are asked to believe that people identify as “Asian” or “Chinese” and all have some common cultural root and vast sensitivity to racist Australians; when they come from a place where race is frequently institutionalised as a form of open bigotry. Go ask a Rohingya. Life in much of Asia has a tribal context – and this is something being energised by identity politics in Australia and coming through the back door.

          What most Australians expect is for our cultural values to be defended and/or critically discussed by the ABC if they need to evolve – some will always need discussion. Instead the ABC has upheld ignorance, anecdotes, censorship and endless accusations of racism backed mostly with anecdotes. At the same time they have been shown to be total cowards when it comes to discussing where true racism lives in the world. They give a platform and megaphone to international students and immigrants with an axe to grind who are often those who did not have the guts to stand up in their own country and oppose tyranny and racism. Or they just won’t talk about it. Instead, they bring their guilt here to torture others with it as if their personal and cultural moral failing belonged to others.

  2. I heard the latest form of Coronavirus was directly transmittable by racism. By holding back diversity at the border we could be making things worse.

  3. people will always endanger others for personal reasons until they themselves have been effected.

    • Exactly. You can be sure that none of these students would self quarantine once they got here if it meant skipping classes and risking their PR. They would happily infect the whole Uni if it means they can continue themselves.

      • Example, large lecture yesterday at a regional Uni. Student arrived from Shanghai on the 30th and attended the lecture. 200 people present.

        Yes Shanghai is not Wuhan, which is why she was allowed to attend, but with Shanghai’s cases confirmed at 200 you’d think people would self isolate just in case. You know, for the safety of others.

  4. Such a shame if her job at the barristers had to go to an Australian citizen just because she might be a carrier of a virus which is currently threatening the globe with a catastrophic pandemic.

  5. It’s funny because from what I’ve heard, the Chinese people are some of the most racist in the world. Pot, kettle, black methinks.

    • John Howards Bowling Coach

      They do have that tendency, they also have at least as much of a sense of superiority as most westerners, especially over other Asian nationalities. I hear that type of casual racism from the Missus daily.

    • And you wouldn’t wrong — however, it should be pointed out that all the ‘isms’ only flow in one direction.

  6. If this isn’t clear indication the revolution should have already started, I don’t know what it’s going to take.

  7. Ray is currently quarantined at home in Beijing. She is angry with the Australian Government and … her worst fear is being told she must defer her studies.

    Her worst fear should be that she could kill local Australians by infecting them with her virus.

    She basically wants the option to murder Australians in order not to be inconvenienced. This is the epitome of Chinese racism to Australians.

  8. John Howards Bowling Coach

    It gets worse though. They will soon ALL BE DEMANDING that no only our government open the doors to people from the source nation of this (and the previous several pandemics), but they will also demand that all of the Uni’s do what Monash has done and alter the entire program to cater to the international students from China. If I was a local student at Monash I would be furious that my academic year was altered to cater to the Chinese students at the expense of the majority (if indeed the locals are still a majority?)

  9. The90kwbeastMEMBER

    The fact this entire article was published tells me that the ABC cares more about the wellbeing of Chinese students over existing Australians. Funny, given it’s taxpayer dollars that fund it.

    It’s also unbelievable that the ABC is trying to make suggestions via publishing this article (op Ed?) that it is racist to close off our borders to a specific people, you know, the ones from the country that is the epicentre of the virus.

    • The90kwbeastMEMBER

      Further, if there were any stronger evidence that the ABC is left-leaning at times in its articles published (the entire piece isn’t newsworthy, unless you’re a VC of a university – why is this seriously being published?), this is it.

      It’s lefty eyeball grabbing material politely reminding the masses in a time of crisis that it’s not ok to be racist and completely devoid of importance relative to other content they could have published on the issue that BENEFITS THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE.

      Could have had an update on practical advice relaying the governments message, could have written stories about what it was like as an Australian coming back home, could have an update on what other countries are doing versus Australia… and we get this pos.

      • SupernovaMEMBER

        Perhaps an outbreak at ABC headquarters may prompt them to be more balanced in their reporting.

        • I think if I get sick from this thing, and my job puts me at high risk, I will be taking a visit to Canberra and the ABC headquarters. If anybody else gets sick, I am happy to have you join me on the road trip.

          • Mining BoganMEMBER

            A question. Are the lower house members older than the senate members, keeping in mind this virus loves the oldies?

            Asking for a sick friend who can probably only get one coughing fit in before being bounced out.

  10. Sydney high school teacher Jiawei Zhu arrived on a flight from Wenzhou on the weekend.

    She was asked to move out of her flat, where she shares common spaces with her landlord, because of concerns that she might be infected with the coronavirus.

    how is this normal? a working teacher who cannot afford place on her own

    • Lenny Hayes for PMMEMBER

      Have you seen how much teachers get paid ?. I would suggest extremely normal (and also for the whities).

  11. Blocking China will stem the flow for now.

    The next hot spot is fairly likely to be Vietnam, Thailand, India or the Philippines. Hygiene isn’t a strong suit there.
    It could just as easily be any other, it doesn’t really matter.

    The planes are still flying to and from those destinations.
    The same thing will happen as happened with China. Some will get infected and take it elsewhere.

    We’re highly exposed via travel to all of possible countries – and others. I’d put money on it being in Bali already though no cases are reported.
    And we’ll probably react late again.

    And we’ll be fine – while the numbers are low.
    But just as in Wuhan, or even during the Melbourne asthma storm, there’s a point where the resources can’t match the numbers.

    I’m prepping my work from home capability. Not that that’s going to help much due to my living situation, but I think there’s a reasonable chance that within this year we’ll be emulating the shutdowns in China.

    It can survive on a surface in ideal conditions for 5 days. It can certainly survive on an escalator handle for long enough to catch the next person.
    It can spread via the aerosol spray of a flushing toilet – like SARS.
    It can spread via the usual sneezing, coughing, handshakes.

    Take a look at a smoker next time you see one. Look at the dispersal of the cloud. Do you smell it?
    You’re potentially infected.

    Fun times.

    The up shot is that it looks like treatment is possible. Thailand has promising results.
    Let’s hope the volume doesn’t become overwhelming.

  12. 2 of my favourite policies:
    “Nobody goes home. Nobody else comes through…..” and
    “Nuke it from orbit. Its the only way to be sure”

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      We’ll be the lucky country if Australia is NOT a hotspot. So far, we are doing a lot of things that promote a pandemic.

      • At lunchtime it occurred to me our culture is also asking for it with the way we eat food with our hands. Before eating burger and chips everyone shook hands, paid cash, passed drinks around, and put their hands all over dirty tables and chairs.

  13. TailorTrashMEMBER

    As I pointed out yesterday ….look at the names of the two reporters on that article ………it’s the ABC diversity at work ……..
    …..and the guests are now DEMANDING what they want ………..

    • yep – the ABC seems to pander to Mainland Chinese interests while SBS panders to Hindu Indian interests.

      • TailorTrashMEMBER

        First HongKonger dies from virus ……..now what ?……….those gutsy people show up strayans for the greedy dumbfcuk morons they have become ……
        …….house prices maaaaate ….house prices maaaate ……

  14. Ajaydee73MEMBER

    I’ve been waiting for someone to paint the coronavirus situation with the racism brush and here we have it. What a joke. So predictable.

  15. These sort of fake racist articles actually reduce the impact of the word “racist” over the long run, can’t they see this?

    • Those of us of a pure, untainted ideological bent can see there are no fake racist articles. There can never be enough articles on racists.
      The fact you can’t see that makes you a racist.

  16. kiwikarynMEMBER

    So if international travel bans are racist, what are the Chinese domestic travel bans then?
    And those attitudes of the interviewees show just how important closing the border is, because its pretty clear that none of those people would ever submit to self imposed 2 week quarantine period at home. They would be at the Uni and their jobs spreading the virus to thousands of other students and workers.

  17. So we are bleeding heart rashists, yet this is what the Chinese are doing to their own people. Why the fvck the west continues to play this stupid game allowing the Chinese to cry sinophobe everytime something doesn’t go their way is insane.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/business/china-coronavirus-wuhan-surveillance.html

    GUANGZHOU, China — One person was turned away by hotel after hotel after he showed his ID card. Another was expelled by fearful local villagers. A third found his most sensitive personal information leaked online after registering with the authorities.

    In the northern province of Hebei, one county offered bounties of 1,000 yuan, or about $140, for each Wuhan person reported by residents. Images online showed towns digging up roads or deputizing men to block outsiders. Some apartment-building residents barricaded the doors of their towers with China’s ubiquitous ride-share bikes.

    “Why did you come back Wuhan? You should have stayed there. You Wuhan dog!” she recalled him saying.

    • I liken the communists to a bunch of Narcisissts. They (according to themselves) never get anything wrong, it’s always someone else’s fault and they are so sensitive that they can’t take any criticism and always attack anyone who criticises them. Combine that with trying to control the population and keep them from “growing up” and becoming mature, responsible adults. It’s all classic NPD behaviour.

  18. Chatswood tomorrow for work
    Fortunately everyone at work who has ex’d China is under mandatory isolation

    Mask on at airport On arrival
    Straight to taxi
    Office
    Wash hands
    Repeat

    Expecting some quizzical looks