yet another rant

Publié le par chrislzh


Well, I fully approve of treating foreigners the same as Chinese, but this also strikes me as being a little creepy. Well, it's about law enforcement, and, judging by what's in the article (yes, I know, don't bother telling me) it's all good. I mean, sure, keep proper records, share the information between relevant government departments, it only works in the favour of both China and foreigners who want to be legally here making a proper contribution to society, it helps keep out or at least control those who are up to no good. Fine. With that, I have no problem. Of course, as with any country/government looking to increase its powers of governance and control, I have to wonder about the possibilities for abuse, of course, and that is a legitimate worry.

But then, as always, we have an inane comment from a token foreigner:

""This (database) is a good idea, but the most important thing for the government to do is help foreigners learn Chinese rules and laws,"said Tim Ziegler, an American businessman in Zhaoqing.

"Most foreigners are not willing to break rules and laws, but they are set up by different departments and we don't know how to obey them.""

Well, sure, but:
1: If your danwei is legit, there's a lot of such rules and regulations that you don't need to bother with, because your danwei deals with it. That's about you getting visaed, registered and legally resident. No big deal. I know what I need to know about such things to get it done, but I always get my school to take care of the details because: a: that's the way things work; and b: that's all I need to no.
2: If it's illegal in America, it's probably illegal here. I think that's a good rule of thumb, because America seems to be the most conservative of the Western nations. In most respects, at least. I guess if you're talking about environmental regulations, you should change that to "If it's illegal in Europe, it's probably illegal here".
3: No matter what kind of visa you're here on, it's incumbent on you to find out what you are and are not allowed to do on that visa. Same rule applies to every country, and last I checked, most countries made that information totally available and perfectly clear, so stop your bloody whingeing. It just plain doesn't bloody matter what country you're going to, for what reason, or how much information the relevant government makes public, it's still up to you to make sure you are in compliance with the laws of the land in question. Point 1 says you can leave a lot of this up to your employer, sure, but that depends on how much due diligence you have done, and doesn't get you out of jail if you've been a dumbarse.
4: You don't know Chinese law? So like me you're not a lawyer, but even so, you can and should find out the laws, regulations and policies relevant to you and your business/work/reason for being here. Don't go crying to your embassy or consulate or law firm when you get caught, you should've found out beforehand. There's no shortage of resources, you have no excuse. You could start with this: No country I or anyone I've ever met knows about allows people to work on a tourist visa. This is called common sense, you might want to learn about it. I can't stand the people I've met here who get in trouble cos they were teaching on a tourist visa and got screwed over and went crying and complaining to every foreigner dumb enough to give them the time of day. Oh sure, plenty of people, myself included, have worked on a tourist visa, but in my case it's because I knew the fucking deal and how to get things legalised, and I did. But that's the point: Get the information you need and use it and take responsibility for yourself and make sure your situation is legal and don't wander down to your local expat pub whingeing about how you got screwed.
5: So, basically, do your due diligence, make sure you're legal, and generally behave the way you expect immigrants to your own country to behave. If you can't deal with that, fuck off, cos I'm sick and tired of dealing with idiots who think that white skin or a foreign passport count as a get out of jail free card, or at least, an excuse to say, "Oh shit, I didn't know China had laws, well, please forgive me, because I'm a foreigner and I didn't know".

Well, having said that, I have miscalculated, misinterpreted, fucked up, paid the price, whatever. Anybody who's been here as long as me has had their run in with the pigs. But there's admitting you fucked up and dealing with the police, in which case things tend to work out pretty sweet, then there's childish excuses like: "Most foreigners are not willing to break rules and laws, but they are set up by different departments and we don't know how to obey them." Minor violations are dealt with easily, like in any country, but the 'like in any country' principle seems to be applied more and more rigourously to serious crimes. Deal with it. "We don't know how to obey them" is not an excuse anywhere.

Don't know my fuckin' arse. The laws, rules, policies and regulations are all out there for anyone to read, you can probably buy them in your local bookshop, if not, you can still find out easily enough, so stop your whingeing, do your due diligence, and stop fucking things up for the rest of us.

I have no idea what brought this rant on. But if you've read this far, you've read it because of the ranting.

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