Anyone can fail in ‘competition of family background’ (People’s Daily Online) 12:57, November 23, 2012 – Edited and translated by Huang Jin, People’s Daily Online
The life of Ma Xiao, a young man in Shanxi province, is just like a fable. As the child of a relatively powerful government official, he had unfairly beaten other competitors many times since childhood thanks to his family’s influence. However, Ma decided to pursue his own career in Beijing after graduation from college instead of accepting the job his father arranged for in his hometown.
After working as an editor in a news agency for five years in the Chinese capital, Ma finally obtained a promotion opportunity, but another person edged him out due to close connections with the vice president of the news agency. Ma felt frustrated and returned to Shanxi at the end of last year. He then passed a civil service exam and landed a good job in a local court thanks to his father’s connections.
Ma is a direct beneficiary of his family’s connections. Without the protection of his parents, his rights and interests were immediately encroached on by other people with connections. It seems that only people with strong backgrounds and connections can “laugh last” in such a “snobbish” society.
Children of government officials can boast most useful connections. Ma was admitted into a key provincial-level senior high school, though his score was 100 points below the school’s enrolment mark. More than 10,000 yuan of sponsorship fees played a role, but what mattered most were his parents’ positions as powerful government officials. In China, power is much more useful than wealth, and the public are increasingly distrustful of officials. The promotion of any young cadres will raise public speculations about their backgrounds.
Source:China Youth Daily, author:Tang Jiachen.
ICCR Notes :
The information in the article shows (as suspected among the more Confucian and ethical inclined among our members) that a dangerous burgeoning culture of nepotism plagues China’s bureaucrats who are unschooled in Imperial thought and have had no ‘Imperial Conditioning’.
Ma Xiao, is a right minded person with a noble attitude that the state should help achieve their goals with. Few men have the courage and ideals to not want to use connections, though society and by extension the bureaucrats that run and colour society, failed Ma Xiao – left the good man no choice but to focus on earning a living at the cost to the high ideals that certainly do indicate an aristocratic nature at least, if not nobility – that ICCR intends to promote, to allow an outlet for China’s citizens with. Meritocracy (which does not preclude term limits and nepotism) was expected, but the entire system failed. If this story is not contrived promotion of the next generation of cadre and a genuine example, Ma Xiao has the personal qualities and sense of personal pride to lead the nation someday. People who specifically avoid use of connections AND have the ideals and belief in society are the leaders with a conscience and soul that China needs.
As for ‘Without the protection of his parents, his rights and interests were immediately encroached on by other people with connections. It seems that only people with strong backgrounds and connections can “laugh last” in such a “snobbish” society.’ , the state, perhaps through a network of noble minded ‘Watchers’, must be prepared to reward the righteous and punish the undeserving or disruptive. The mindset and ultimate intent, doubtless determine who must triumph, for the soul of China is at stake. Neglect those who need promoting, ignore those who need to be dropped from social standing, and China’s spirit and society darken equally as well until a society riddled with corrupt and vicious officials, contract assassinations and underworld links (much like Hongkie movies love to portray).
With wealth as China has now, justice and ethics are no longer expedient or can be sacrificed without degenerating into a ‘Merchant nation’ and factory floor society peopled by slave labour (while the institution of Royalty becomes the preserve of other peoples), thus the wealthy and low minded remain by their expressions and actions but mere merchants and politicians (term limitless and nepotistic to boot), while the wealthy and noble minded differentiate themselves as worthy of China’s leadership by ensuring that justice and spirit of China are superior and the means of progress is by virtue and exceptionalism, not wealth and violence.
Meanwhile China’s civil society could do with a formalisation of the ideals above via revival of the Imperial system, to a point where sufficient wealth has been obtained as China may be at the point of of (audits of existing top level Mandarins would seem to indicate so), pride of race and nation now must be focused on and cannot be better concretised with patents of aristocracy and nobility with appropriate international immunities (which China should automatically begin work on ensuring) as ICCR intends to include as a paradigm of social stature alongside the steel of the PLA and the neo-Censorate of the CPCC political party. China must be more than a nation of merchants and soldiers, and as recognized and protected by state – China must now be a nation of people striving towards status of nobility with a core of noblemen probably from people with exceptionalist mindsets as Ma Xiao. As envisioned by so many visionary philosophers in the past, ICCR again brings to the forefront a philosophy of an Imperial Revival to take China to to the leadership of Humanity and eventually all colonizable places beyond this planet. Long live the Fatherland China! Long live the Imperium Sinensis!
Cultural Update and Some Photos : The Pingyao Holds Intangible Culture Heritage Expo – September 21, 2012 – Editor: Liu Yunting
Daixian County, an intangible culture heritage of Shanxi Province, at Shanxi Intangible Culture Heritage Expo in Pingyao, north China’s Shanxi Province, Sept. 19-23 2012. [Xinhua]
Pingyao has a 2,700-year history and was listed as a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) in 1997.
Posting on behalf of : Marquis R.O. Su , 50th Marquess of Pingyao, (claimant of Titular seat at Pingyao), by HRH W.L. Zhao II (Royal House of Zhao) State of Zhao, vassal to HIM Ying III (Imperial House of Qin).
A ceremony is held to worship Emperor Yandi, a legendary ancestor of the Chinese nation (also of Korea), in Suizhou City, central China’s Hubei Province, May 16, 2012. Legends and historical documents say Yandi was born in Suizhou City around 5,000 years ago. He is widely believed to be an initiator of crop planting and herbal medicine in ancient China. (Xinhua/Hao Tongqian)
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