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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Asia (02/26/09)

TITLE: Tour of a herd of one and a quarter billion
By Josiah Kane
03/04/09


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“You see, the Chairman is an incredibly wealthy man. Indeed one could say that each of those sheep-brained lumps of man-meat that are walking around outside are his personal workforce—a fact that I hear shocks you Americans very greatly indeed. Yet it is not so unfair is it? Has he not organized them into an assembly line of military efficiency? Merely think how far we have run with your capitalist invention. Think how much more cheaply we can produce any toy or tool than you can. Think. Wonder. Has the Peoples Republic of China not torn from your grasp the title of world superpower? Is this so valueless; so valueless that a few Human Rights Issues should turn it into a loss making enterprise that will be ruthlessly destroyed?”

FACTORY WORKER


“Yes. We hunger. We thirst. We repair our flea ridden overalls more carefully than we stitch together your milky leather handbags. We buy a little food with our pitiful wages, living no more happily than our fathers and mothers two hundred years ago in spite of the mechanical marvels we labour over daily. We know that we have been robbed, yet we are told that we work for our own good, our own livelihood. Why is this? Why then may I not start a vegetable garden, and plant to my own benefit?”

FACTORY OWNER


No. We are quite comfortable here, the people of China. Merely look down upon the floor of my factory—there can be no envy. Each man and woman wears the same; eats the same; looks the same; is the same. We have cooperation personified. Each worker toils hard, I reward their hard work. It is perfect. Let no one tell you that there is injustice in China.

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“You have to understand, that I am a patriot. I am as proud as any other Chinaman of our language, our sciences, and our culture. I was proud to have China host the Olympics last year. However I am not loyal to “our” faiths—I know that there is only one God and neither Zen nor Confucianism nor kissing the tiny gold toes of our little idols will carry us to him. I preached the Jesus message—here in my own home—and for this I am called a traitor. The missionaries, you see, were branded spies, and so for believing…. I do not live in the adorable China that once was—I live in a place where oriental man oppresses oriental man as much as you whites used to. I can only long for the kingdom of Heaven, when all this is not so.


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Gerald Shuler 03/05/09
Bold and honest. It's sad that those conditions exist.
Norma-Anne Hough03/06/09
Very thought provocking. Well done.
Mildred Sheldon03/06/09
It is sad that situations like that still exist today. How blessed we are to be able to worship without fear of reprisal. Thank you for a very true story.
Jana Kelley03/06/09
I like that you used one subject and many perspectives. Well done.
Karlene Jacobsen 03/09/09
I liked the different POV's you pointed out.
Coleene VanTilburg 03/09/09
Four very different viewpoints of one same country; it brings individualism to a country lacking in that freedom. Though some may have to wait for their heavenly rewards, no doubt their faith will further the kingdom. This was very powerful, Thanks.
Loren T. Lowery03/11/09
You certainly are able to express the differing points of view well. Very insightful and and informative. To me, to make the piece more engaging and intriguing to read, I would have liked to have seen real characters discussing their positions in dialogue. I'm sure that that would be difficult to do in just 750 words, but with the talent shown in this piece, I think it could be done.