Just one year ago, I wouldn’t believe that I’m now a “Basurian”, no longer a “Chinese”.
I come from a city named “Chongqing”, but now I prefer to call it Chungking, the name given by the free world not by the Communist Party.
And it’s fair to say that, I’m made to be a “Basurian” mostly by this party.
As an ordinary post-95 youth, born and raised in this Communist China, my first 22-years life was totally under the lies fabricated by the party. While, the thing is, I didn’t realize this at all, before I got a chance to leave; so did most “Chinese”.
All the education I’ve got is so common there: kindergarten, primary school, junior high, senior high and university, with every year full of endless exercises and exams with only one set of standard answers, with “politics” courses everyday and everywhere, whose essence could be concluded in one sentence:
“Chinese Communist Party is the greatest savior of us and we shall always follow and obey it”.
Of course, I had no doubt on it.
Since we’re all breaded and looked after by the party, and the “happy” life we’re living now is absolutely relying on the party, how could it be possible if it, the party, is not our greatest savior?
Even though there are some tiny problems existing in this society, but no place is perfect, everywhere is the same. Look at Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, then look at our amazing economic progress: our life is just like in heavens comparing to theirs.
And who gives us this wonderful life: our greatest, dearest party! Without it we would live like the poor Syrian.
Who gives them that miserable life: our biggest enemy the US, who is the source of all violence and unrest in this world and always jealous about the huge progress we’ve made.
These sinister western countries are all hypocrites, under their cordial masks there is a vicious plot that they’re always trying to destroy “China” and enslave us “Chinese”.
Probably you’re now laughing at my crazy words above, which sound so ridiculous and amusing. But it’s what we’ve been and are being taught every seconds. It’s not funny at all.
It’s unfortunately not a joke, but the truth in “China”.
In a recent Chinese talk show, Joan Chen, an American-Chinese actress, was asked about her biggest “nostalgia” when first came to the US, and after a moment of salience, she said:
“That was a kind of collectivism. Because the US is completely individualized, you suddenly have to take responsibility by your own.
While collectivism gave me a feeling of security. All the right things are taught by the ones above, so do all the wrong ones. Using your own conscience to analyze and distinguish the right and the wrong, this is a totally strange concept for me.
I didn’t know what personal will or personal consciousness is at that time. But this is something a human being must know.
Without self-consciousness, it’s hard to form morality, because you cannot bear it.”
She is so honest and was so lucky, to speak out the true feeling of her hard time, which was an era with less-advanced technology, the early 1980s.
Now, nearly 40 years passed, nothing changes, both inside and outside the big jail called “China”. The huge gap between the free world and this jail even grows bigger.
Apparently, the free world is still free, despite of many new problems appearing.
While in China, the camera spreads everywhere, the jail changes its name into “vocational center”, the wall becomes the invisible GFW (Great FireWall), which is much stronger than the real one for tourism. The only difference is that, the hero in the worship songs all over China, is now “Xi Dada”(Father Xi), instead of our “forever red sun” Chairman Mao — if we must find one.
People are more and more like zombies with one well-programmed head in the human-shape bodies. They’re so loyal to their dearest party and really believe that they’re conquering the whole universe led by the party, no matter inside or outside the wall. Because the wall also exists deep inside their hearts, as a proud “Chinese”.
From this perspective, to be a proud “Chinese”, it’s one’s duty to defend their “dearest country and party”, then all the criterions about conscience, righteousness, freedom, or even truth, are just bullshits, if these stuffs are not aligned with the glorifying image of “China”, and the party.
I was once one of them. In the year of 2008, I was still in primary school. So happy about the Beijing Olympics, I even bought a cake with my own savings to celebrate the fantastic opening ceremony. In fact, I even collected all the newspapers about it at that time.
As a “Chinese”, that was the peak of my fake glory. Or we can say, it was undoubtedly the heyday of this Communist China, this slavery empire under the cover of the never-existing “Chinese Nation”.
How lucky I was, to meet some people still remaining their conscience, to read many novels written by real human beings. From these people, I heard about forbidden names like Liu Xiaobo, Gao Xingjian, mysterious events like “June 4th in 1989”. And since the first time I opened La Dame aux Camélias, I buried myself in the fancy, vague images created by Dumas, Hugo, Tolstoy, beneath which the essence of righteousness and freedom shines.
Of course, I couldn’t fully understand any of them at that time, but still, these people and these books, shape me into a weirdo with my own thoughts, often disagreeing with the standard answers expected by others.
I gradually realized something absurd was happening around me.
When I saw the ones honest and sincere are suffering while the ones lying and cheating are always succeeding, my parents told me this is how the society works and you should become the latter type, I felt confused.
When I heard about someone jumped from the hospital because he couldn’t afford the expensive medical fees, people quickly surrounded with exciting shouts and indifferent or even funny looks, I felt wrong.
When I read the news that many little kids in Beijing were sexually-abused in their kindergarten, I was outraged, but very quickly the heartbreaking parents who revealed this scandal were arrested by police in the name of slandering, and all the articles or videos about this just disappeared, then government announced that this whole event was a lie!
This is not what the world should be. I was too stubborn to accept the “truth” told by all others that it is the real and normal world everywhere on this earth. And you must accept these rules and adapt to them to become a “mature” adult.
When I finished my high school, I felt fed up with all of these and my only wish was to leave, as far as possible. So I went to a university in north China, where all my illusions broke.
The problem was not the bad weather and heavy pollution, nor the scarce natural resources and different living habits, but the barrenness of people’s minds. I was so surprised that no one in my school was willing to talk with me a little deeper. All the things they cared about were eating and entertainment, besides the exams scores. Many of them even never read a book or newspaper in their lives. They had no dreams except being rich or powerful. And obviously, they were capable of doing anything to achieve this goal, since shamelessness is usually accompanied with thoughtlessness.
I was really frustrated and depressed when realizing that I just escaped into a more horrible place. The submissiveness to the power is totally undisguised in north China, with the big, red slogans hanging at every corner and “red songs” glorifying the party singing in every park. The disconnection and isolation between people is also noticeably increase, with the mistrust and tip-off atmosphere filling the air.
And I could clearly feel that the pace of this country to go berserk was faster and faster, especially after the revise of its never-effective “constitution”. After a long time self-suspicion, I made up my mind to run away from this hell.
But even at that time, I didn’t realize the nature of this party and this “country”, with the twisted history narrated in a completely upside-down way.
Like many anti-CCP people who declare that they still love “China”, when I just escaped I has the similar thoughts that as long as the party collapses, “China” could be a democratic country with freedom automatically.
Fortunately, I got the chance to know the whole image of true history here, with full access to all websites banned in China. In first week, I was shocked when my classmates told me that they can watch TV channels from every country! In China, we can only watch the domestic channels and I thought the whole world is like this. This amazing news reminded me of the forbidden topics in China, so I started to search them.
Since then, the hidden or distorted parts of Chinese history unveil to me.
The first thing I learned was the Tiananmen Massacre. I couldn’t hold back my tears when seeing those young students running and crying in the gunshots, trembling and dying under the tank wheels, against the red night sky stained by fires and bloods. These dead bodies then were eliminated, with the refurbished white bricks covering the whole square, like they never existed; their shiny faces full of vitality and hope towards a future with freedom, turned into dust, along with the conscience and determination of latter “Chinese” youth.
That was a tragedy inevitable in any slavery empire, the highlight of so-called “Chinese nation” — if it once existed or almost formed, this could be the only evidence. It was an imperfect and immature rebellion of the youth longing for freedom but mistakenly putting themselves into the master position despite of their true places as slaves.
The same things keep happening, from the “Campaign to Suppress Counterrevolutionaries” to the suppression of Falun Gong, from the disappearing human rights lawyers to the arrested parents trying to protect their kids from the mistreatments in schools. This massacre is not the first one, nor the last one, but the epic one truly influenced the whole world.
Because they’ve already lost their freedom long time ago, even before the party appearing. While they were once close to get it back, but failed in one way or another, and submitted to the party eventually.
Since a unified China was established by the first emperor Qin Shihuang（秦始皇）, the evil empire never stopping its slavery.
No matter what dynasty came up, which family became emperor, nothing changed, the totalitarian enslaving system remained the same, so does this Communist China.
It is a well-designed concentrated system in which the power is distributed in a top-down way, and the highest one owns all the power.
Although Chinese historians deceive the world using the term “feudalism” as its make-up, it has nothing to do with the real feudalism in medieval Europe. Since Qin dynasty（秦朝）, there exist no true lords, who own their lands and wealth independent from the emperor and have rights to rule his people and supervise the emperor or even challenge him in certain circumstance.
All the “lords” in China are either the relatives of emperor or the officials selected by him. Therefore, their wealth and privileges are all from and guaranteed by the emperor, otherwise they would lose everything, and back to the miserable life as ordinary people, or slaves, if more precisely.
With absolute power in hands, who’s bothering to do anything good for any others?
How to reach and maintain the absolute power to the highest one and enslave all others? The “brilliant” emperor Qin Shihuang already did this work.
Firstly you should erase all the uniqueness or differences among your slaves, unified their languages and characters, currencies and measurements, habits and minds.
It’s not easy to do that at the beginning, so usually you need some killings. Just follow the great example made by Qin Shihuang , “Burning of books and burying of scholars”, or so many examples of Mao.
When they totally lose their identities and memories, your slaves are made, successfully.
Then you can make strict rules on your slaves to manage them more efficiently and also to prevent any potential resistance.
The most important and basic one is called “huji”（户籍）, it’s a certificate issued by the authorities, which allows you to live in one place legally. If still hard to understand, you can think that it is a domestic “passport”. Without “huji”, you can do nothing, work, study, do business, buy house, see a doctor and so on.
In this way, every move of your slaves is completely under your control. Neither of them can leave for a new place and start a life without your permission.
Third, you should set up a safe bureaucracy system that can make sure there’s no possibility for officials to develop their own power and then betray you.
From “Keju”（科举）(Imperial Examinations) to “Gaokao”（高考） and “Gongkao”（公考）, the core is consistent, that all the officials (even potential officials) are selected only by the ones in power, especially the highest one.
After selection, you should always avoid assigning your officials to where they come from, so that they only care about your orders but not the needs of the people, since the people are just nobodies and have no relations with them.
Of course, you also need to develop a bloody punishment mechanism that anyone who dares to have second thoughts has his whole family be slaughtered.
Last but not least, you need the cooperation of intellectuals to fabricate a set of delicate and flawless lies to comfort and disguise your slaves, make them illusions that “thanks to you I’m living the best life ever” and the outside world is horrible.
If someone insists that there are some problems, just shut him up by any means, since he is apparently a disqualified slave, he is the real problem that could spoil others.
As for the obedient ones, tell them they are so honorable to follow you and will win the whole world under your leadership with the books written by your cooperators filled with noble words and fanatic bubbles. This is not a temporary work but a continuous process from baby to grave, through everywhere propaganda, everyday education, and the whole society.
Only in this way the definitions of justice, freedom, equality and all other virtues people longing for could be overthrown into a way beneficial to you, dictators, alone. Since their education you give has already made them brainless and heartless, they won’t feel anything wrong or illogic.
Besides, it’s necessary to create an image of vicious enemies when your control starts loosening.
See, this is how the fantastic slavery system works in two-thousand years, inherited and complemented dynasty after dynasty, till today’s Communist China.
However, this “perfect” system also has its Achilles’ heel, that it is not self-sustaining at all.
Brainwashing education can only produce snobs and idiots; full control on everything and rigorous suppression towards all the disobedient also kill the creativities and potentials of its own people.
In this system, which is the opposite of beautiful fairy tales,
the abilities and moralities are not the prerequisites of success, while cheatings and depravities are more appreciated;
integrity and kindness usually make one suffer, while sophism and cruelty always lead to the power.
In this way, depravation in every aspect is inescapable. Without enough importation of resources and orders, it cannot survive on its own.
This is a purely lethargy and desperate society, which is doomed to crumble.
Therefore, the history of that land, falls into hopeless reincarnation, always repeating the circle of “unified empire-orders degradation-whole collapse-new orders input-unified empire”.
It’s unfair to accuse how evil this Communist China is, for the truth is that the evil nature of Empire China never fades, so does the miserable destiny of the slaves called “Chinese”. Surely, it makes some evolution on the slavery system, from the bad part of communism/socialism (for example, the public ownership, which is against human nature and turns into the ownership of the ones in power), also from the fast-developing high-tech like AI surveillance and censorship. But the core of unified China as an empire remains the same.
After I finally understood the true image of “the greatest and longest civilization ever on the earth- Chinese Civilization”, I have no illusion on a unified democratic China at all.
“Chinese nation” is a fake nation forced together by different masters, a lie made up by dictators to enslave all others.
“Chinese” is the synonym of “slaves”, a collective of those who forgot their true histories and identities.
“China” is a slavery empire under the cover of a modern country.
Whoever conquers this land become the masters of “Chinese”, then deteriorate into “Chinese”; whoever handles the pen to definite the lie of “Chinese nation” obtain the absolute power, then drawn to death by this lie.
And we’re all witnessing this happening, now, the inexorable death of Communist China, another death of Empire China.
Even in such an ill system, the eternal justice still shines.
There is a widely-acknowledged saying in China that, “the history is always written by the winners”. Somehow it is not wrong, and it in deed works, but truth remains even in these completely tampered records.
Although official history books always emphasis the “unification and integrity” of this empire as the ultimate justice in whatever dynasty, and calumniate the periods when the unified empire fell apart as the brutal, wretched dark eras, the undeniable fact is that, all real philosophers and true masterpieces appeared in those times, when there was some degree of freedom.
For example, “Spring and autumn period” and “Warring States period”, the time of true feudalism, is when the famous Confucius, Lao Tseu, Zhuang Zhou lived. And the so-called “Chinese civilization” is recognized by the world mostly because of their brilliant works, while “China” even didn’t exist at that time.
Why people in China are so obsessed with the fiction of the “great Chinese nation” (or we call this set of lies “Chinaism”)? Because outside this bosh they have nothing.
When they are saying: “First, you’re a Chinese, then a human being”, they actually mean that.
Individuals themselves are meaningless, born to be sacrificed for a great collective, and this sacrifice is the only thing noble and valuable for one. This is the ideology we receive and shall practice.
However, only first half of this idea comes true, the sacrifice part is nothing but weapons for “smart” guys to accuse others who’s not obedient. No one is willing to die for this great collective other than the fools, although they’re all pretending their loyalty so eagerly. They just want to get more benefits by this kind of performing, or at least, not be accused of “reactionary”. And the fidelity of their actings is directly related to the advantages they can obtain in daily life. Feigning for gaining, this is one reason why “Chinese” are so devout to “Chinaism”.
Another reason is that this is the indispensable placebo for them to confront with their miserable lives with no freedom but only suppression, especially in the sharp contrast of lives of westerners, or even Hongkongers and Taiwanese.
For months, brave and unyielding Hongkongers are protesting for maintaining their freedom, even demanding the universal suffrage. While “Chinese” never have the right to protest, to vote, not at all. Even a single word unfavorable of the party or an attempt to speak out the truth could send them into prisons.
As cowards and opportunists like famous Ah-Q, the protagonist of one of Lu Xun’s novels, typical “Chinese” “wisely” (or weakly) choose to stand with the “greatest” party, defiling and cursing Hongkongers, as if they’re the masters not slaves. They’re already in the last stage of this slavery system, but Hongkongers are just in the first stage, so they have to deceive themselves to feel better, dare not to admit their real pathetic positions. And this is called “spirit of Ah-Q”, the ultimate weapon of “Chinese”, that self-defeating to “win” forever.
As the movement of Hongkongers goes further, the world starts to notice the true meaning of “Chinese”. Through the active participation and genuine performance of “proud Chinese” attacking Hongkongers to defend their “greatest country” all over the world, they’re now making “Chinese” the equivalent of anti-humanity.
And anyone who refuses to do the same thing as them will be reported to Chinese police to be punished as a “traitor” or “reactionary”, if that poor guy happens to be still a “Chinese”.
While unfortunately, this kind of behaviors show no true unity of “Chinese” as a real nation, but only the distrust and persecution among them.
What is a true nation? It could be like what happened yesterday in London, three courageous men took the terrorist Usman Khan down to protect passengers, not like in China, no one will help when seeing a child or a young girl being knocked down and taken away by human traffickers. It also could be like what’s going on in Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang, people are helping each other, revealing the truth, and calling for help by all means, despite of the heavy oppression of Communist China, not like “Chinese”, watching out for all others and ready to sell anyone out.
Free world is individualized but also united, while “China” is unified but indeed disintegrated.
It’s another perfect metaphor of the eternal justice of God.
Chasing after any “great” collective or leader only results in the destruction of both individuals and collectives. Instead, respect and understanding among and towards ordinary people are the foundation of a real great nation.
Review my memory in “China”, what are the things I really care and miss? Not the fictional “unification and integrity” of this empire, nor its “glorious moment” like Olympics, G20 summit, as a “proud Chinese”; but the affections towards my family, my friends, the hills I ran, the rivers I drunk, the trees I leaned, the flowers I planted, the clouds I liked, the fog I breathed, the streets I passed, the bridges I crossed, as a human being.
I miss them because I’m born a human, not a slave.
I once thought I love “China” as a “great country”, but indeed all my love towards my land has nothing to do with its fake glory, even if at some particular time, I felt really proud under the powerful propaganda.
It’s at most like drugs, that make you high only for a moment, then hollowness and nihility, even panic and sorrow, when you suddenly run into something real.
I could never forget that day when I knew the real version of “the Campaign to Suppress Bandits in Southwestern China”, when my heart broke into pieces.
I was so naïve to believe in the “glorious deeds” of the “pioneers” of the party, who sacrificed themselves to make us good life, how they completed the historic “Long March” to break the siege of evil Kuomintang, and how they built up the “revolutionary bases” in mountains with real democracy, and how they cleaned the “bandits” to protect people after they obtained the power.
I never had a doubt on these beautiful moving stories. I cried for those brave soldiers and mourned them every year on Tomb-Sweeping Day. I went to visit the museums and exhibitions about them with sincere gratitude and admiration. Even though I felt wrong in daily life, I still believe them by heart, and I thought it was the bad guys who came into power later that tarnished their “pioneers”.
Nevertheless, these are all lies. The “Long March” was a pure escape with many deaths; the “revolutionary bases” were where they started their tyranny with enormous killings but no democracy; the “bandits” they swept out were the true heroes who trying their best to protect their family and their land when confronting the invasion of Communist army.
Reading the materials recorded by communist army officers, how they tortured and killed the innocent children, women and the chivalrous men, like cutting a melon, or processing a poultry, I couldn’t help trembling and my eyes were tearing up. I hated myself so much that I’d rather die at that moment.
I was such an idiot to betray the ones defending us while worship the ones who destroy us! Our true family died for protecting us, but I treat them like enemies! I couldn’t forgive myself, and I barely slept, cried a lot during those days. Even now, when I typing these words, my guilty is not lighter.
This is the true effects of a fake “great nation”, when it breaks.
Apparently, it is so hard and heartbreaking to unveil the delicate lies of “Chinaism” and admit the fact that we are all slaves of “China”. I’ve been through that, I know how painful and traumatic it could be. It’s not easier than killing yourself with full consciousness.
While it is inevitably the first step to become a true human with freedom. Without the courage to confront and break the lies enslaving us, what else could we do?
Last November, the first time I saw The Independence Declaration of Republic of Basuria, I only felt curious and funny. I was still trapped in the deceitful “Chinaism” and wished a “democratic China” at that time. Since I come from the place it claims sovereignty, I started to think about this possibility. As I knew more about the true history of “China”, I gradually and painfully transformed myself into a new man, a “Basurian”, no longer a “Chinese”.
In my hardest time, I felt no hope for change and no way to freedom. Surely, I love my homeland, my family and my friends, and I want to scream to them to alert them from the coming disaster, awake them from the lies of “Chinaism”. But it’s just no use at all. No one listens to me, not to mention believes me. I felt like I was being tormented on the fire.
Thanks to God, I find my salvation and He shows me the way.
From His words of wisdom and love, I realize the light is from Him, the hope is on Him, the justice is by Him, and the freedom is in Him. There are no others can set one free, except himself, through the way God shows to him.
And our duty is to spread the light into the darkness we came from, lead others lost in desert to the Lord. We just do what He assigns to us, at the best we could.
As for the results, God will take care, and only Him could control.
So what does “Basuria” mean to us?
It’s not only the territory of my homeland, Sichuan Basin and its surroundings, nor just the mountains, rivers, forests, animals, cities and people in this region, but also the ideology of freedom, justice and love, which is from God our savior, on the contrary of evil “Chinaism” and its slavery system.
We are tired of endless lies and we seek for truth only;
We are sick of being a “smart” heartless “Chinese” so we want to be an honest man with compassion;
We have had enough of cowardice and pretending, now we shall face our real positions as slaves and fight to win back our freedom.
Because we know clearly that, freedom is only prepared for true humans who can stand up and speak out, to take their own responsibilities, not for slaves waiting for the instructions or gifts from their masters.
We’re not aiming at overthrowing the party, the government, since it’s already on the way to die itself.
What we want is the end of this long-lasting slavery system, the death of Empire China, the reborn of human beings, the restoration of freedom and justice, that the gifts we’re blessed with from eternal God.
“Basuria” is the country we will build by our hands, a real nation formed with freedom, justice and love. And “Basurian” is our name, which would become the synonym of free men.
We value individuals instead of any collectives;
We refuse to be taught and we’re learning and thinking by ourselves;
We worship no living man because we only submit to the only Lord.
Beneath God, we have no masters.
Thus, we’re free.
May light come to my beloved homeland, that’s the essence of “Basuria”.
May freedom belong to all brave souls, the faithful followers of God, that’s the meaning of “Basurian”.
Above is my story of being made a Basurian, which identity I’m really proud of.