Chapter 74: F@lun G0ne | Speaking of China

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  1. Jessica
    Jessica June 16, 2010 at 11:05 am | | Reply

    Jocelyn, when you write about this topic it might be a good idea to use some sort of code, like [email protected] G0ng or something, to make sure you get past the censors. I had to use a proxy to open this page from China, I could get to your front page but clicking on this post completely killed your whole blog and I had to wait a few minutes and connect my proxy to get back in. Of course for readers outside of China it doesn’t matter but I think you have quite a few people reading from in China too.

    Interesting story though. I’ve never had any FG run-ins personally but I know of some people who have.

  2. Crystal
    Crystal June 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm | | Reply

    Jocelyn, be careful 😉
    Just having a post with such title can get your whole blog blocked in China…

  3. Tiffany
    Tiffany June 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm | | Reply

    Religions, among many other “taboos” are not mutually exclusive in China or Taiwan. I can see the younger generation has a way of taking a new religion and their life compass when such religion is adapted in the right time. I grew up in a mixed religion family – dad was a buddist until a few days before he passed; mom took all of us (4 children) to the Christianity path; my grand parents and countless uncles and aunts are/were mostly buddists. Now I look at my generation, there are 50/50 Christians and Buddist. As my sight places upon the next generation, I find them mostly atheists or “mutual” – whatever that means.

  4. Chris
    Chris June 20, 2010 at 5:13 am | | Reply

    I’ve personally met some [email protected] G0ng people.. they’re very “friendly” but love to harass me on the streets and force their religion onto me. 🙁

    I wrote this earlier from a facebook group:

    — begin quote:
    yo FG dudes, PLEASE READ:

    I don’t need your pamphlets, I don’t want your books. If you’re truly peaceful, then stop imposing your religion and political views onto bystanders. Stop harassing me because I’m Chinese. When I say I’m not interested, please stop advancing in my direction and stick your chest onto my …body like a gorilla. (that LITERALLY HAPPENS) I didn’t go across the street to hear your preaching. So please be ->peaceful<-

    Side note: Getting hundreds of people to practice your "art" in [email protected]@nm3n square and expecting tolerance is like holding the Woodstock hippy convention on the White House lawn and expecting the President to sit back and watch. Or doing back flips in a classroom and expecting the teacher to congratulate you for your peacefulness. HINT: Try practicing in the mountains or inside a gym instead.

    (I don't feel like posting this on an actual FG website because i don't want to be harassed online. Getting harassed on the street is bad enough)

    — end quote

  5. Jessica
    Jessica June 20, 2010 at 9:28 am | | Reply

    Haha see it is unblocked now Jocelyn, close call! I frequently post on a forum for expats in China and we’re VERY careful to use codewords when talking about certain things. I’ve been surprised with some forums, Candle for Love for one, that they seem to discuss extremely sensitive topics not really caring (or maybe not aware?) that they might end up blocked. It is something to always keep in mind if you have a site with a large China-based readership. 🙂

  6. Miriam
    Miriam August 25, 2011 at 3:33 am | | Reply

    I think if any of us have a “vision of peace and happiness”, the very first thing we’d do is share that with those closest and dearest to us because we’d want them to have it too. So it’s completely reasonable for any friend to have expectations that another would embrace their beliefs but important to not sit in judgement of them should they reject.

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