Why Chinese-Americans are hopeless as a group

Today appeared on one of my news feeds a column titled Indistinguishable Asians from the Cornell student newspaper. I won’t really bother to summarize. You can easily read it for yourself. Basically the whole Chinese-Americans are smart, hardworking, but quiet and lack leadership quality. So there are implicit quotas and differentiated standards on them in college admissions to account for the hurdles they’ll face in the workplace blah blah blah.

Chinese-Americans are a really weak group politically. They are extremely scattered too. You have first of all the immigrants and the Americanized. Even among those you have mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, Hong Kongers, etc. Moreover, there is also that the Chinese who come to America tend to be those selected for their academic ability via graduate school, not the political big fishes. Face it, nobody really wants to be led by a minority group culturally and physically very different. The few Chinese in America who are “leaders” can be roughly split into two different categories. There are those who are followed for their technical excellence and those promoted to act as a minority agent for primarily white ethnic interests. If Chinese-Americans want to seriously advance their group interest, they won’t really succeed as a minority in America. Their minority status will render them forever in a subordinate position here, unless China becomes so powerful that it manages to gain substantial indirect control over American society, which I cannot foresee happening.

As for myself, I didn’t really come here by my own choice. But I have to live with it. I can of course try to find a way to go back but it won’t be that easy. I think Chinese are best off just staying in their home country.

I find it quite sad the race problems that America is increasingly mired in now. There was already the black and Hispanic problem. Now Asian-Americans are joining in on SJW like activism too.

I hate to say it but this is a nation founded on dispossession and white supremacy. As far as dispossession is concerned, even though the pure Native-Americans have been rendered almost invisible by now, Hispanics are part Native-American blood, and there’s not going to go away. Blacks in America is a legacy of the slave trade, which whites are, face it, responsible for. There was back then another side of racism that was against slavery much for its enabling permanence of blacks in America.

It is multiracialism that has engendered in Western culture this what I would regard as a fake left liberal SJW element ever more mainstream. I guess it took root much during the Cold War when America had to make some compromises to blacks in order to not lose too much support from the formerly colonized and oppressed countries of the world. It’s fair to say that Hitler’s defeat and the rise of the Soviet Union as a superpower gradually pressured attitudes towards race in the Western world towards the opposite direction.

I once said to my white American friend how I feel sad for him that there won’t really be a place in the world of just his breed. Seriously, I’m Chinese and I want whites to have a homeland. Like, this is a real bastardization of culture.

His reaction to this was one of

I’m not super happy about this. I’d very much like a white homeland. Hell, I’d be pretty happy with a “people who moved out of Africa around 85K-50K BCE” homeland.

People work better and more efficiently with those like themselves in race, culture, language, and values. Across groups, especially ones very culturally and linguistically different, there is a high communication cost. America used to be predominantly white and Christian. The talented immigrants from Europe owing to WWII were white and easy to assimilate into mainstream American culture. Now, the ever increasing racial, cultural, and political diversity in America is becoming ever a liability. Through the Anglo language and culture, preeminent in the world today, it infects gradually to Europe as well.

Now, since this post was supposed to be on Chinese-Americans, I’ll point out that America is somewhat of a destination for Chinese who are much averse to the mainstream system and values in mainland China, which of course represents the overwhelming majority of Chinese. Yes, wishful Westerners can entertain the belief that most Chinese hate their “repressive” government but can’t do anything about it, but come on, the fact that it could come to power in the first place indicates that it won support of the majority. You only win a civil war when you’re better than the other side at getting people to fight for you. Yes, the ones who hated it who could escaped to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia too. Now, those people are often not considered true Chinese by those in mainland China. They could of course gain much more for themselves by assimilating into that culture and consequently winning the trust of the mainland Chinese, but they have strong enough of their own cultural and political identity now. When it was decided that Hong Kong would return to China, many Hong Kongers immigrated to the West, with Vancouver, Canada, a notable destination of that group. Once China seizes control of Taiwan, which is pretty much inevitable, many of those die hard Taiwanese loyalists will leave as well to join more Chinese in the Anglo world where they will then experience life of a politically marginalized minority deemed unsuitable for leadership positions. The human rights liberal faction in the West will probably grant some political asylum spots, which would only contribute to more ethnic diversity and potential racial tension that they will continue to sweep under the rug. Once in the West, they may feel they are different from the other Chinese, but remember, American society views Asians as “indistinguishable.” They will still be easily be mistaken for Chinese in mainland China. And they and their children by virtue of physical difference unalterable will never truly assimilate. It’s just too bad for them that they feel so strongly politically. Their ancestors were for the most part lackeys of colonialism, and they will continue to be in America subordinated and promoted only to the extent that they are useful. It’s really quite a pitiful position to be in.

Really, overall China gets not a bad deal. They have political undesirables. Those people, if they are able to, can leave. Go to America, Canada, Australia, etc. There are, too, many ethnic Chinese in Hong Kong and Taiwan who resent mainland China and its influence on their lives. Those people will also have to either live with it or get out. How much better they will fit in in America is questionable. Certainly, they’ll add more diversity and eventually engage in some SJW behavior too, once they are indignant enough of discrimination and political invisibility. America will become even more of a racial spoils cesspool. And in some sense, China can remain “the last man standing” with its political misfits ejected out at a competitor’s irreversible expense. In case you haven’t noticed, China mostly leaves other people alone, other than to do business with them. Its political activities abroad are mostly targeted towards ethnic Chinese, hoping to keep them loyal towards the PRC as opposed to Taiwan, which it considers a domestic affair, a legacy of the unfinished civil war. Really, the only political condition that China will be adamant on when doing business with others is acceptance of Taiwan as part of China. The ideal future for China is one where there is full control of Taiwan, with those there actively anti-China out. Less trouble at home and those misfits as a minority in the West will become but more politically impotent, with the burden of dealing with them shifted to whites on the other side of the world.

A guy I know from China once told me that “ABCs are the worst off, because while they can never truly be American, they also lose their opportunity to be Chinese.” I believe he is very much right on that one. My advice to those conscious of this but stuck in America by birth or parental immigration is to learn Chinese well enough to come across as a real Chinese. You don’t have to buy the American cultural garbage. I didn’t and I managed to learn Chinese well enough, much on my own, such that I have written a fair bit on the Chinese internet, including on this blog, and can mix in easily with the real Chinese. With that, you can potentially move back to China, where your children won’t have to suffer the indignity of being part of a minority group with a grossly incoherent and confused identity. Or at the very least, you can exert a political pressure and voice in a direction that is much more likely to work than what most Chinese-Americans are doing right now. Seriously, putting pressure on American society and media to accept more of the Chinese Chinese narrative is going to be much more effective than begging under a discourse and culture designed by and for the white majority.


Elizabeth Holmes, Kaifu Lee, and some remarks on fraud and manufactured success

Haha, father VP at Enron, fraud seems embedded in her bloodline. Fleischmann is Jewish, that means maybe Elizabeth Holmes can also go onto my Scandalous Jews list?

Recognition for “tireless optimism and a particularly warm smile.” What the fuck!? And lol, why would Chinese universities buy C++ compilers from her when they can easily obtain it free of charge.

You know this sounds like some real conspiracy theory out of Washington to manufacture a female Steve Jobs. Yet it failed miserably. Couldn’t the US elite do a better job of at least masking their corruption and nepotism a bit?

Speaking of which, a few days ago, I learned that Kaifu Lee, former Microsoft and Google VP, who was extremely popular among young people in China as a role model in the internet technology sector with widely read books on his life experience and on advice for youth, was actually exposed for fraud or at least gross misrepresentation and exaggeration of his career history and achievements, with many on the Chinese internet even suspecting him to be a half-closeted foreign influence agent. The guy who first ratted him out to the public on Weibo, where Kaifu has millions of followers, was Fang Zhouzi, a University of Science and Technology of China graduate and PhD in biochemistry (from Michigan State), who after doing a postdoc became a science writer and crusader against academic fraud. Fang pointed out how in his autobiography, Kaifu had written of himself as 卡尼基梅隆计算机系最年轻的副教授 (the youngest associate professor in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University). Fang emphasized the big difference between assistant and associate professor (one is tenured the other is merely tenure track), as well as the misleadingness of “youngest,” as Fang found a guy who had become an assistant professor in the same department as Kaifu earlier. In fact, there is not even solid evidence that Kaifu was even an assistant professor there; it’s possible that he was for less than a year before leaving for Apple. This was back in 2011 I believe, and it was all through Weibo, on which Kaifu finally had to give an apology, when excuses such as “nuances in translation” no longer worked.

As for the “foreign influence agent” part, we shall note how Kaifu was born in Taiwan, and his father was a historian there who wrote books to smear the Chinese communists. With some searches on Baidu one can also easily find that his uncle was executed by the communists soon after the PRC established, for allegedly having taken an active role in some campaign to kill Chinese communists earlier on. There are, too, accusations of his promotion of Taiwanese independence activists and the likes on his Weibo. Some people are even doubtful whether he actually got cancer; they suspect he might have gone to Taiwan where he could, with his political connections, fake it, all the while planning and organization with supporters there his next major influence operation. Note that while he did renounce his American citizenship (for tax reasons), he retained his ROC one (instead of switching to PRC citizenship). One can see much more such information on Kaifu here.

I was somewhat surprised as I had been under the impression that he has a very positive reputation in China. Certainly, I thought more lowly of him after realizing that much of what he had written in his book 《与未来同行》(A Walk into the Future), which I had read in high school, was basically superficial bullshit, which I’ve also mentioned here.

Yes, I much dislike it when people who are not actually all that smart and talented pretend to be and market themselves as such, even using PR professionals if they’re rich and connected enough. The truth is that there are some things one cannot fake, at least to a subset of people sufficiently knowledgeable. It’s obvious to me and many by now that some fields are much harder than others and thus the people in them tend to be much smarter and more talented on average. Similarly, stuff like SATs and math contests cannot be faked, and the existence of an actual cognitive hierarchy grounded on reality is apparent from the consistency of results in such contests. A 100 meter sprint time cannot be faked either. People who run sub 10 s times or close are real genetic freaks of nature, marvels of human biology. On the other hand, promotions and career success in the likes you get uplifted much under the whims of those already in power often reflect political favor and connection as opposed to actual ability and accomplishment. Even in the internet technology sector, you have politically enabled people taking credit for the work of others and even creating a cult of themselves within the company or the sector at large. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, etc. We cannot really be that sure of them as individuals. We can be sure that their companies had some actually very talented and capable people who contributed collectively to their successful products. Yes, in statistics, it is sample size that can easily exponentially increase the level of statistical significance. On this, I shall note that if an individual fails out in the career/promotions world where there is a relatively high random component, it could have well been due to bad luck, though certainly, the longer the career, the more samples we have and thus the more confidence. In contrast, if a large group, like a nation or ethnic group, fails to produce top people or companies, we can be relatively sure that that group really is less competent at either the individual or collective level.

An ideal world is one where people recognize and respect those more talented than they are and get out of their way. If somebody else can visibly do a job much better than you can, you should just let that person do the job. Do something you’re better suited to. If you’re mediocre, then take a mediocre position and keep a low profile. Don’t pretend to be a genius when you’re obviously not. People in the likes of Elizabeth Holmes do enormous damage directly to actual quality and quantity of productivity by making shit out of vast resources they manage to accumulate out of family and political connections, that would have been made much better use of controlled by more appropriately competent people. An even more insidious effect is the trust it erodes in our society, which can be very difficult to recover. Elizabeth Holmes, her family, and her financial supporters must bear collective responsibility for the damage they’ve wrought to America, as this country’s elite. Evade it as they probably will and the long term consequence will only be more dire. Talented, capable people from other countries will want to come here less, and talented, capable people already in America will feel less incentivized and inspired to actually contribute. Eventually, they can bring this entire country down.

As for Kaifu, he was obviously a pretty legit research engineer, nothing like Holmes. His later public intellectual behavior is questionable though, especially his gross inflation of himself in his autobiography, which he had the ego and lack of judgment to publish before retired. Yes, Kaifu appears on the surface to have good intentions. In his book, he wrote about his dream of creating impact in China, about how he dreamed of returning to his motherland, which his father was not able to do. He considered himself very successful and a rightful inspiring figure, teacher, and role model for young people in China interested in technology. But he took that way too far, and even lied about his past experience to sell himself, which is quite shameful really. Also, there are a good number of mainland Chinese in his generation far more accomplished than Kaifu at science and technology at least; wouldn’t they, based on their achievement alone, make much better role models than Kaifu, let alone the shared background. As much as I dislike to judge people based on their national and political background, I’m realistic to acknowledge that it does matter to some degree as far as role models for a nation’s young people are concerned. Why Kaifu when there are mainland Chinese in computer science, let alone science and technology in general, visibly more talented and accomplished? I can think of off the top of my head Robin Li, the founder of Baidu, who as far as technical computer science is concerned, did win a Rankdex patent that the Google guys cited in their PageRank paper, though he does not have a PhD, let alone from a top CS school like Carnegie Mellon. Robin Li was from a pretty average family in a so so place in China, tested into Beijing University, was very successful though not wildly so in the US, and later returned to China where he founded China’s top search engine that has also created its own deep learning library and framework called PaddlePaddle. He is visibly a much better role model for young Chinese interested in computer science and internet technology than Kaifu both in terms of his achievement and his national/social/political background, but he does not have the vanity of the likes of Kaifu, becoming a social media celebrity and publishing all this superficial, even misleading advice for young people.

As for the KMT background of Kaifu’s family, I hate to say it, but human reality is such that one’s political associations and actions affect indirectly to some degree or another the outcomes of one’s offspring, and thus, one also takes some responsibility for the actions/crimes of one’s ancestors. Yes, in one’s behavior, one should not only think of how it affects oneself in the short term, but also how it would in the long term affect those inextricably bound to oneself. History has already proven his family to have sided with the losers, with those who failed to save China, as “patriotic” as he may appear in his words. Maybe they had good intentions, but nobody in the right mind would believe that a political party and army who lost a civil war the way they did would have done a much better job developing and modernizing the country had they taken over. Again, it can easily be hard to speak for particular individuals, but that the KMT got massive aid from the US and managed to lose control of all of mainland China meant that they MUST have been a seriously rotten and incompetent organization.

So if he wants to be taken seriously by the majority of Chinese in mainland China as truly patriotic, he would have to do somewhat more in terms of tangible contribution directly towards China than a mainland Chinese would and perhaps also make some political move to at least implicitly denounce the political background he inherited from his family not by choice. Yes, he was part of the founding of Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, which did help cultivate many computer science talents in China and likely also transferred some substantial technology to Chinese companies. Quite applaudable. Still, Microsoft is not a Chinese company, and Google much less so, as advanced as they may be in their technology. Kaifu has not as far as I can tell made any meaningful and recognized contribution to an important Chinese company or organization. So people are naturally skeptical, especially given his public intellectual activities and Weibo celebrity status, which some suspect to be supported behind the scenes, perhaps even directly from Washington itself, in the likes of Holmes’s case.

It does seem that Kaifu Lee is no longer that big in China now compared to a decade ago. Surely, Fang Zhouzi discredited him quite a bit, and the courage it took in Fang to question a figure as high up and “authoritative” as Kaifu Lee is very admirable. And he did so in a very detailed, factual, and objective way, in contrast to the vague, generic advice Kaifu has given to young people.

As for Kaifu Lee’s Google background, I do recall how an ex-Googler from China, who characterized himself as a Han chauvinist 😉 had said that certainly his having worked for Google would not be considered a plus in the case that he later tries to make a serious career in some very government organization in China. I was somewhat surprised, but in retrospect, I can see how that is the case. So suspicion of Kaifu Lee in China is but natural.

It was certainly amusing how he regarded limitations to his career prospects within the Chinese government and its organizations as a much bigger deal to him than Google. Well, after all, the Chinese government runs a near superpower that is the largest economy (by PPP) and most populous nation on earth, whereas Google merely runs the most advanced internet search and distributed systems (and likely also AI) company in the world. Google needs the Chinese market much more than China needs Google. Without Google, China still has plenty of similar products which may not be technically as good but are definitely good enough. They left back in 2010 purportedly out of objections to censorship compliance, and now they’re trying to return with another censored search product, that 1000+ of its rather politically delusional employees are jointly protesting against. Of course, there is also that that guy is well aware how as a mainland Chinese, there’s basically no way he’ll ever rise up to even a modest position of power within Google, unless he sells his soul, as even the ones who joined quite early on were unable to do so, so there’s not much to lose anyway.


最近在美国,正在进行的对常春藤大学歧视亚裔的种族配额制度的案子在2018年6月中旬透露了哈弗录取人员给亚裔申请生更低的所谓的“个性评分”,以此为拒绝他们之由。可预料,这引起了一场稍同情亚裔的媒体大波,而7月出头没过多久,川普政府撤销了奥巴马时期推行的大学录取种族平衡政策并颁布了新政策指南的重要举措。同时,亚裔又在纽约市强烈抵抗市长de Blasio提出的将撤销特殊高中考试录取的案,为了种族多元化而改至holistic的录取方式,难以接受在现有制度,那些特殊高中的名额大约百分之七十都占于亚裔学生。加上,芝加哥大学,一所SAT分数分布很高的接近顶尖大学,已经把SAT考试改为可选而非必要的申请件。看来随着亚裔体抗议常春藤的歧视加热而稍有进展的同时,美国的某些其它教育机构又开始给以新的袭击。看来美国社会就是对亚裔不要好啊。为此,我当然也有自己的想法。










Taiwan on WordPress

I recently saw how now China is demanding that airlines across the world stop listing Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate countries. And it is succeeding somewhat, with several, the most prominent of which is arguably Delta, having already succumbed. When I just looked at the countries of visitors of my site, I was pleased to see some hits from Taiwan. Could the Chinese government start demanding the same from WordPress? Well, WordPress would have no reason to care, because it is already banned in China anyway, so it has nothing to lose, and also nothing to gain unless the Chinese government offers in exchange to un-ban it, which seems exceedingly unlikely. And because of that, I am hosting this on another domain, while still using WordPress as the content generation and storage tool. To be honest, I also refer to Taiwan as separate from China, because it really is different. It’s been under its own system since 1950 when the KMT fled there, and has obviously developed its own political culture. There is also that it was colonized by Japan and was really only settled by Han Chinese from the 17th century on, not to mention that it was also briefly colonized by the Dutch and Spanish, until Koxinga. So I guess the place is not so integrally Chinese. The aborigines there were displaced, with the Han population in Taiwan’s being higher than it is in mainland China, and nobody really cares about that, even less so than people care about what happened to the Native Americans.

Apparently, China is more aggressive now on Taiwan, well obviously because it can. Some people seem exceedingly anxious that the fall of this last bastion of the free world seems imminent. They seem way more emotional about it than I am; I personally am pretty apathetic about Taiwan. Though maybe that’s because Taiwan will fall (or be liberated) sooner or later. Maybe if there really was a serious chance of Taiwanese independence, I would be a little worried, who knows.

I’ve noticed how so many Taiwanese have been massively successful in the US, especially in technology and academia. Jensen Huang of Nvidia, the stock of which has almost 10x’ed the past couple years. Jerry Yang of Yahoo. Steve Chen of YouTube. Horng-Tzer Yau as math professor at Harvard. And a few days ago, I learned to my great surprise that one of the main developers of AlphaGo is Taiwanese too, and his name is Aja Huang. Pretty impressive. A guy I know well, whose grandparents fled as KMT officers to Taiwan, was, on this, like: “well, those evil capitalists who fled to Taiwan sure weren’t a random cut of the population.” 😉 Obviously so, and believe me that it had occurred to me that the IQ distribution in Taiwan and Hong Kong is fat right-tailed for that very reason before he noted this. Many of the wealthy and highly educated fled there, either because they were in the KMT, or to preserve some of their wealth, or out of fear of prospects under the communists. Though surely, most of the cognitive elite stayed, with arguably most of them strongly against the KMT, and the newly established PRC was in fact quite successful at luring back those elite Chinese studying or working in the West at that time. I think it was great that those uber talented Chinese in Taiwan and Hong Kong were able to study in the West during that period, mostly in United States, where many of them reached astonishing levels of success, which means Chinese civilization maintained some really beneficial contact and exchange with the advanced Western countries despite the conflict. Relative to their counterparts in the mainland, they were certainly advantaged in this regard, at least individually, though surely, the elite Chinese who studied in the USSR also gained tremendously, for themselves yes, but much more for the expertise that they brought back to China, with all of them returning eventually by default, in contrast to those Taiwanese, who stayed in America as professors or engineers or technology entrepreneurs. Taiwan economically also seems to be doing quite well, with its semiconductor industry sufficiently prominent. Unfortunately for certain people, China is poised to gobble up all that, with Taiwan’s economy already dependent on the mainland.

Politically, obviously the regime that fled there, by virtue of their having to flee there, was full of sore, incompetent losers. Turns out Chiang Kai-shek et al. cared more about preserving himself than about preserving his mother country. Apparently, there was also a secret agreement between Chiang and Stalin right after the war where Stalin would promise not to support the communists in exchange for Chiang’s letting Mongolia become independent which would bring any Chinese nationalist utter humiliation. That Moscow did not support the Chinese communists in their war against Chiang, with the exception of sort of letting the Chinese communists capture the city of Harbin that the Red Army had occupied after they left, only makes the Chinese communists more formidable. In the following video, in a UN meeting, the Republic of China representative arguing in favor of his regime in exile says something along the lines of, in English: “it was not the purpose of the statement of Cairo and Potsdam to give Formosa to a puppet regime in China, so that that regime might as make it to its imperial master at Moscow, to use the resources of Formosa to destroy the freedom of the world and to break the peace of the world.” Expectedly, the PRC representative responded with rage, referring to the then 475 million Chinese, as an indication of just how genuinely democratic the Chinese communists actually were ;). Well, what he says has some truth to it, aside from the puppet regime part, by the aforementioned. We all know that those conferences at the end of WWII were mostly about how the US and USSR, the emergent superpowers, would share power after the war, with each wanting to get a bigger piece of the pie for himself. Since Chiang was pro-US, the US gave him a pretty damn good deal, especially relative to what he had actually contributed to the defeat of Japan in the war. I don’t think occurred to those Americans responsible for that the possibility that all of mainland China would fall to communism just 4 years later. Astonishingly, it did, even when America armed the KMT, whereas the USSR, by agreement with Chiang, had not armed his enemy. So all that for America backfired disastrously, and in fact, America was in reality indirectly arming its own enemy, the possibility of which probably also hardly occurred to those morons. On the other hand, America did an excellent job keeping its allies, the most important of which were in Western Europe and East Asia, especially relative to the USSR, which was critical for America’s winning the Cold War. In the region that China’s trying to take over now, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore all developed very well economically with America’s aid, for which America essentially bought their anti-communism in exchange. The thing is that now all that had been well-nurtured and seemingly secured is increasingly on the verge of being transferred away to a force that America has failed to tame. So backlash is perfectly expected, as there is much to lose. I don’t have anything to comment on this really other than what is roughly the objective situation. After all, I don’t like to be too politically opinionated. Though surely, I have quite a casual interest in politics, from a more scientific viewpoint. It’ll be fascinating to see what happens in the next X years.




这让我回想起我上小学中学,好几次有美国同学争论is Taiwan part of China,一般最终得到结论都是不是。不用说,他们所想的,无论如何,都不会改变事实,所以这种争论是毫无意义的,尤其在他们和当时的我对与历史客观具体事实的无知的情况下。基本在那儿,小学中学的历史课都是垃圾,尤其是在美国,因为老师水平一般不会太高,经常还会很差,比如在美国,好多历史老师会自以为是地将自己的主观偏见施加在学生上。孩子们都想得很简单,什么东西都用好与坏衡量,我也是。现在长大了,就知道好坏正邪非客观存在,但赢者输者是有的,无庸隐讳,败到台湾的蒋介石国民党就是极度的输者。