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Author: Jake Bauer <jbauer@paritybit.ca>
Date:   Sat, 23 Nov 2019 05:22:53 -0500

Blog post about China as inspired by Drew DeVault

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diff --git a/pages/blog/china.md b/pages/blog/china.md @@ -0,0 +1,91 @@ +## China + +[//]: # "Although I too would prefer to keep politics and world affairs out of my blog as well, I am in complete agreement in that it would also betray my personal beliefs and principles to remain publicly silent about what is taking place in China and in Hong Kong right now." + +[//]: # "base.min.css" + +[//]: # + +<b>Written By:</b> Jake Bauer | + <b>Posted:</b> 2019-11-23 | + <b>Last Updated:</b> 2019-11-23 + +I have just finished reading [Drew DeVault's most recent blog +post](https://drewdevault.com/2019/11/20/China.html) in which he writes about +China. + +Although I too would prefer to keep politics and world affairs out of my blog, I +am in complete agreement with him in that it would also betray my personal +beliefs and principles to remain publicly silent about what is taking place in +China and in Hong Kong right now. + +I strongly recommend that anyone who is reading this should read the blog post +linked above in its entirety. Every word is important. + +I have already been boycotting Chinese products and the companies that have +given in to China's ridiculous demands (e.g. Apple, Blizzard, Gap Inc., etc.) as +much as I possibly can and I have encouraged my friend groups to do so as well. +I have also written a letter to my member of Parliament (I encourage you to +write physical letters as they are at least slightly harder to ignore than an +email). + +I know it's not easy to boycott, especially if you are in the market for +electronics, but I believe that it is our moral imperative to do as much as we +possibly can to protest the actions of the Chinese government and to show our +support for the citizens of Hong Kong in their fight for the same freedoms and +democracy that we in the West take for granted. + +The excuse, "Boycotting/Writing to my representative/speaking up is useless, I +am just one person.", is an old and tired one that people use so they can put +the issues of the day at the back of their minds and keep living life as if +thousands of people fighting for their freedom aren't being slaughtered like +dogs. Don't be the kind of person who stands by and watches as this happens. + +If you're wondering, "What else can I do?", here are some links: + +[Band in China](https://caffeine-overload.github.io/bandinchina/) – A list of +major countries and what can be done in each of them to support Hong Kong. + +[Company +Blacklist](https://caffeine-overload.github.io/bandinchina/#blacklist) +– A list of companies you should boycott for spinelessly complying with the +demands of China. + +[Company Whitelist](https://caffeine-overload.github.io/bandinchina/#whitelist) +– A list of companies that have stood up to China. These are companies/people +you should support but some you should still keep a close eye on such as Epic +Games who are partially owned by the Chinese company Tencent. + +If you have already written to your representative, boycotted companies, and +spread the word about China's despicable actions then I sincerely thank you for +being a good person and standing up for what you believe in. I also encourage +you to take a look at some of the other protests that have been happening around +the world in places like Spain, Lebanon, and Bolivia. Some similar to Hong Kong, +others about things like climate change and income inequality. [Here is an +article by the BBC](https://www.bbc.com/news/world-50123743). + +To close out this post, I want to share one of my favourite quotes/poems: + +``` +First they came for the Communists +And I did not speak out +Because I was not a Communist + +Then they came for the Socialists +And I did not speak out +Because I was not a Socialist + +Then they came for the trade unionists +And I did not speak out +Because I was not a trade unionist + +Then they came for the Jews +And I did not speak out +Because I was not a Jew + +Then they came for me +And there was no one left +To speak out for me + +-- Martin Niemöller, 1946 +```