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Saturday, July 11, 2009
Peking Man cave (Zhoukoudian) may crumble.
As mentioned, I am a writer. I write. Sometimes more than I should. And it's probably deeply significant that most of the subjects covered on this blog have nothing to do with the subject of the book I am now working on. My MA Thesis was on the subject of the international discussions that went on behind the scenes and enabled the finding of the first Peking Man bones. Peking Man was an early hominid, a variety of homo erectus, whose remains were first discovered near Beijing in the late 1920s. It's an interesting story with many interesting people and events, and therefore I'm using the thesis as the basis for a non-fiction work aimed at a popular audience on the history of the Peking Man digs.
A couple points jumped out at me. First the article, which comes from Xinhua, the official Chinese press, uses the term "Peking Man" consistently. A few years ago, they were trying to rename "Peking Man" as "Beijing Man" so it's interesting that they don't do so here.
Secondly, they state."Chinese archaeologist Pei Wenzhong found the first complete skull at the site in December 1929, together with a large number of stone tools and evidence of fire use by humans."
Although it's true that Pei found the first complete skull, they neglect to mention that this was not the first evidence of Peking Man nor that he was working as part of a foreign-led team. The part about the tools and evidence of fire is highly controversial at best.
In other words, there is the usual traces of Chinese propaganda mixed into the article.
Oh well, as mentioned in a previous post, I am currently enrolled in an education program. I am finding the occasional side-trips into trite multi-culturalist, anti-White propaganda difficult to swallow. This is terribly ironic, as although I am proud of my ancestry, a quick check at such things as my cell-phone records, my facebook friends, my e-mail account or my personal history will reveal that I spend at least as much time around non-Whites as Whites. So what's the problem? Probably too much exposure to bubble headed liberals and ethnocentric Chinese. That's one of the great things about dealing with the Chinese. They are among the most ethnocentric people on Earth and even when they try to behave in a culturally accomodating manner they still somehow manage to come across as condescending. (For instance, look at almost any Chinese major event and you will see a contingent of minority non-Han people dressed in their "traditional" dress. This traditional costume was chosen for them by Han Chinese propagandists.) Simililarly the American multi-culturalists somehow seem to assume that should they encourage minorities to adhere to non-Western cultural traits, they will somehow naturally drift towards thinking like American liberals, only with different snacks and dances.
SUGGESTED SEARCHES FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR CONCRETE ADVICE ON HELPING REFUGEES
1. FURNITURE(tips on running a refugee center furniture collection program.)
2. DRIVING (tips on teaching driving to refugees)
3. HIGHER EDUCATION (tips on assisting refugees with higher education.)
4. BURMESE NAMES (a long article on Burmese and Karen names.)
I tend to write several entries on a subject and although admittedly they are of variable quality by following the topic keys then one should get a fairly complete view of what I think on the issue. There's a lot of good information buried here particularly on some obscure subjects related to assisting newly arrived refugees, particularly from Burma. These subjects include furniture donation issues, driver education and even domestic violence. If these issues interest you, follow the internal links, do searches, there's a lot here and I've found that often people search on a subject using google, I've written an answer, but the search engines sent them to some other entry where I discussed only a small part of the issue. So if a subject that interests you has a truly mediocre entry there is probably a good one hidden away as well on different aspects of the same subject You can't get a full picture on the issues covered in this blog by reading just one entry. it wasn't written that way. If you still don't see what you want, feel free to drop me an e-mail. Thank you.
Journalist, educator, and low level Asian history scholar who dabbles in fiction. Peter Huston is the author of several books, including Scams from the Great Beyond, Tong, Gangs, and Triads,, and the novel, Excess Emotional Baggage.
Interests include :
1) Internatinal Education and Teaching English as a Second or other Language,
2)refugee concerns and refugee resettlement,
3)self defense and martial arts,
4) Asian culture and history,
5) censorship controversies
6) the skeptical examination of paranormal and pseudo-scientific claims.
Education includes a master's degree in East Asian Studies from Cornell and a second master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University at Albany, party of the New York State SUNY system.
I am not the sailing guy, sports betting guy or the attorney guy. These people who use the name Peter Huston are, presumably, impostors. I am the real