As Female Infanticide Skyrockets Under Deadly “One Child” Policy, China’s Wealthy Eat Human Baby As Delicacy

I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

"Eating People is Wrong"

“Eating People is Wrong”

Chinese Eat Baby Soup for Sex:
http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=%2FST%2Fdb%2Fread.php%3Fidx%3D7333

Zhu Yu Eats Stillborn Baby As a Form of “Art”:
http://www.artspeakchina.org/mediawiki/index.php/Zhu_Yu_%E6%9C%B1%
E6%98%B1#Performance_.28Infatuation_on_Injuries.29

My Commentary: This is abominable! I’m in shock to witness such an abhorrent display of arrogance against nature! Cannibalism is one of the most diseased things a creature could do on this earth! It leads to multiple forms of dementia & sickness! The pathogen transfer rate goes through the roof between two of the same species! This is insanity! This sort of despicable behavior will undoubtable cause the next plague! Mark my words!

There are false rumors circulating on the web that Zhu Yu’s baby-eating “art” performance is a “hoax,” while combining it together with the later Seoul Times Article as ONE EVENT. For example:

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/cannibal/fetus.asp

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/horrors/a/eating_babies.htm

Determining this cannabalism to be “false” is completely ILLOGICAL and UNTRUE! It is important to begin by pointing out that Zhu Yu’s “art” show, in the originally linked article, was performed at a Shanghai arts festival in 2000, and did not feature any of the pictures shown in the Seoul Times news article I posted right underneath. The Seoul Times article was published LONG after the original Yu photos were INCORRECTLY CLAIMED as a “hoax” (art is what they are really being passed off for). Therefore, the two sources are completely separate, with no logical cause to combine them together as a single story.

More importantly, the artist Zhu Yu ADMITS TO EATING THE FETUS under the CLAIM THAT IT WAS “ART”:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhu_Yu_(artist)

Other articles also admit as much about Yu:

Channel 4 Will Show Performance Artist Eating Baby:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article806379.ece

Baby-Eating Art Show Sparks Upset:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/2624797.stm
(article now only available through signup, so heres another:

Channel 4 to Show Artist Eating Dead Baby:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2002/dec/30/arts.artsandhumanities
)

Eating Babies:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/002/064rzgvz.asp

Understand that the Zhu Yu pictures are not actually an “urban legend,” but also, that they are not exactly the “standard,” either, as Yu is a so-called “artist,” and artists are known to do things for attention.

With that in mind, here are all of my compiled news reports on the subject, including the Seoul Times article, showing that the consumption of human fetuses in China is not something that can be dismissed as an “urban legend,” but much more likely, appears to be a trend that has been quietly practiced among a small minority of the population within China for a number of years:

Chinese Trade in Human Fetuses for Consumption is Uncovered (1995):
http://edgars.byethost13.com/fetusyum.htm

Chinese Eat Baby Soup for Sex (2009):
http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=%2FST%2Fdb%2Fread.php%3Fidx%3D7333

(original article of pictures here (2005): http://replay.web.archive.org/20051217094102/http://hk.geocities.com/ennet369/)

Hong Kong Reports Mainland Chinese Eating Infants (2007):
http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-3-29/53482.html

Book Reveals Fetal Soup Served in Chinese Restaurants (2008):
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive/ldn/2008/feb/08020109

We must ALL be made aware of what is taking place right under our noses! And, as the fetuses referred to in the Seoul Times Article are FEMALE, this is a direct result of China’s infanticidal “one child” policy, which places males as more desirable than females, due to the cultural fact Chinese males take care of their elderly parents! It has currently left Chinese communities with a highly unnatural and very dangerous average of 30 MEN to 1 WOMAN, and has resulted in the MASS DEATH of MILLIONS of FEMALE BABIES, ALREADY BORN and STILL IN THE WOMB!!!!!!! More than a third of Chinese woman ADMIT to aborting a child based SOLELY upon gender:

China Grapples With Legacy of its ‘Missing Girls’:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5953508/ns/world_news/

This type of EUGENICS, called GENDERCIDE, and more specifically, GYNOCIDE, and is VERY DANGEROUS for a NUMBER OF REASONS:

What is Gendercide?
http://www.gendercide.org/what_is_gendercide.html

Read about Female Infanticide here:
http://www.gendercide.org/case_infanticide.html

“Gender hygiene” is the same as pseudo-scientific “racial hygiene,” and the resulting gender imbalance in a population as large as China, with so many human-rights violations under their government (Mao Zedong murdered 49-78 MILLION Chinese under “Communism”) means that the world could be in for a horrible surprise if this MASSIVE ARMY of MEN is one day mobilized for ANY REASON! One really important question to ask is, “What army of soldiers wouldn’t be more than happy to invade a foreign country with a NATURALLLY BALANCED GENDER RATIO, when considering the fact that their own government has made FEMALES ARTIFICIALLY SCARCE through MURDEROUS DESIGN?”

These sorts of dangers lurk on the horizon, even as the cowards-that-be tell in the Western world tell us to watch out for “terrorists” so that they can strip us of our human rights, much like Communist China!!! And, those in power would LOVE for the world to adopt China’s death-system, pushing the idea again and again in order to “manufacture” public consent:

CNN Founder & Media Mogul Billionaire Ted Turner* Urges World Leaders to Adopt China’s “One Child” Policy:
http://www.businessinsider.com/ted-turner-urges-world-leaders-to-adopt-chinas-one-child-policy-on-global-scale-2010-12

*Note that Turner himself is a father of five children.

A Real Inconvenient Truth: Diane Francis, Financial Post:
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=2314438

Environmentalists Call for One-Child Policy:
http://www.theage.com.au/national/call-for-onechild-policy-20090421-ae3l.html

Crazy Eugenicists Advocate One-Child Policy on CNN’s Cafferty File:

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18 Responses to As Female Infanticide Skyrockets Under Deadly “One Child” Policy, China’s Wealthy Eat Human Baby As Delicacy

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    • Justin says:

      I don’t mean to be overly polemical, because I am a man and a feminist, which is unsteady ground when asserting one’s opinion at best. But I must say that your entire “article” amounts to affected drivel in my opinion. While I do believe that China is a highly misogynistic country (as are most non-US countries, and let’s face it, until 1970 women couldn’t hold their own bank accounts without a male signer so…) but there are much worse battlefields that you could take this fight to. I think Zhu Yu’s performance art is shocking, and so do you it seems. He has made you question what art is, where your ethical line is drawn, and stirred emotions in you with a few pictures to the point of frenzy. Yu’s art has prompted China to actually outlaw cannibalism, which they obviously thought was explicitly understood by all citizens. I’m ambivalent you see. If he ate an already dead fetus for the sake of art, I’d say the guy has some chops on him. I mean he did buy five-hundred severed human arms to make a very intricate exhibit once; I wouldn’t put it past him. If he really did it, I would be very shocked and dumbfounded, but I don’t think I would take it as an act of misogyny. And if he didn’t eat the fetus, but said he did I would still be shocked and horrified, but I wouldn’t go making a whole bunch of assumptions about a wonderful culture I know very little about, nor wagging my finger indignantly and saying, “You see this is how things are there, we must all censure China for this behavior.” You have absolutely no idea about anything—if he ate the child, what Chinese subculture is like, or what the conditions of women are in Asia. I suppose what I’m really trying to say is, find a more productive outlet for your outrage.

      • Rayn says:

        Thanx for taking the time to read my article, Justin! However, you’re attacking a straw man, here! To begin, I DID NOT view Yu’s so-called art as “an act of misogyny.” Rather, I found it to be an absolutely repulsive display of human cannabalism! I made no mention of gender in regard to my description of his rotten deed.

        And, to be clear, I also did not view the female fetus soup mentioned in the Seoul Times article as “misogyny,” either. As a matter of fact, my mention of gender was only made to EXPOSE China’s corrupted, diseased eugenicist “one child” GOVERNMENTAL policy – which I distinguised from China’s CULTURE – noting that the despicable law continues to be especially deadly for females BECAUSE of the “cultural fact Chinese males take care of their elderly parents!” This is the only mention of Chinese culture that I made!

        I most definitely DID NOT “go making a whole bunch of assumptions about a wonderful culture I know very little about”! I respect Chinese culture, and Chinese people – just not Chinese GOVERNMENT! And – BELIEVE ME – there IS a difference! I can personally attest to that, because, as an American citizen, yet an INDIVIDUAL, FIRST & FOREMOST, I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY for my own corrupt GOVERNMENT! It is a collosal, fascist, bureaucratic nightmare that has stolen my consent, and currently holds myself and many others hostage! Perhaps, if you were a more regular reader, you would know that I am STAUNCHLY ANTI-EUGENICS, and THAT is what my article is about… but, alas – you likely found my page through a google search, and have no idea what the tone of my blog has been, or what I am targeting in this particular post!

        Rest assured that I am NOT “wagging my finger indignantly and saying, ‘You see this is how things are there, we must all censure China for this behavior,’ ” here! For one, I do not believe in censorship! That’s CRAZY TALK! And, second – I view China as just another plantation on the global slave grid – a grid run by the wealthy elite! I see communism is an illusion – manufactured and pushed by those who would have us BELIEVE that it is separate from capitalism! In the end, they are two sides of the same coin – with the same RIGGED pyramid scheme of an end result – all set in place by the parasites on top! Personally, I am not fooled by China’s system any more than America’s “democrat” and “republican” parties, which are two in the same: WAR, WAR, WAR!

        I hope that this clears things up for you, and any other readers who thought the same!

        Keep reading,
        Rayn

  2. Justin says:

    PS Kudos on your misnomers. “Gynocide”…awesome. I’m definately stealing that when I write about women in Somalia.

  3. Justin says:

    Perhaps I was missing the overall agenda of your piece because I was off put by the denigration of Zhu Yu’s art, and your definitive statement that a fetus was eaten (when nobody really knows the truth.) I love Marxist criticism, so let me pull from that perspective a bit. The perversion of Marxism now known as Communism is more than simply oppressive. It can very literally be like living in prison. I think Zhu Yu’s work draws attention to that voice of struggle in Chinese society. Hence the horrific act of cannibalism, misogyny (which if you’re not stating that eating a female fetus qualifies as; I certainly am,) and barbarity. It’s like he’s saying exactly what you are with his art and your condemning him based on his medium of expression due to a gut revulsion reaction. I know that is not the main tempo of your piece, but I think that paradox is what left a bad taste in my mouth. The truth is that ever since I read up on the religious and socioeconomic status of cannibalism in the Mayan empire, I’ve been a bit desensitized by the issue myself.

    In any event, it was your statement in the fifth full paragraph that I found to be an offence to the Chinese culture, “showing that the consumption of human fetuses in China is not something that can be dismissed as an “urban legend,” but much more likely, appears to be a trend that has been quietly practiced within China for a number of years.” This is what made me question your status as an authority on Chinese culture. I mean really? Are you trying to be funny here? ‘Cause I’m not laughing. That statement is downright insipid, ignorant, and offensive. But perhaps I’m misunderstanding your intentions. The promulgation of these xenophobic urban legends, which is what they are, is wholly unfounded and paints an unrealistic portrait of the Chinese people, not their government.

    Concerning your censure of the one child policy, I find myself agreeing with your horror and outrage. These policies have led to the deaths of a number of children in China, just as bad conditions for women in Egypt result in an astronomical number of tabletop abortions each year. But let’s take a look at their population density, factor in the rate of growth of their economy, and take into account women’s ability to live longer. I’d imagine most industrial nations might have some strange laws concerning procreation under the right conditions. And it’s not like they can’t have two or three children in China, it just means penalized or retracted government assistance for the extra offspring.

    And what was with the “the world could be in for a horrible surprise if this MASSIVE ARMY of MEN is one day mobilized for ANY REASON” comment? What massive army isn’t dominated by male soldiers already, and how would that be any less scary than an army of women? What army mobilizing isn’t scary? Aren’t you playing to a sort of fifties mentality? “The REDS are coming, hide your babies or they’ll get eaten!! An army of men, shoot, they’ll rape the women. Hide the women.” That’s all I’m hearing.

    Again I want to be perfectly explicit. Calling attention to women’s issues in the world is always a good thing. I just think that perhaps you could be a bit more progressive in your viewpoints, and apply that same energy you put into writing this piece into something that will make a positive change or difference in the life of a Chinese woman. I don’t feel like your work was intended to do that, just stir up a bunch of dithering nonsense about people secretly eating babies. You know that scene in the Wizard of OZ where “something” is swinging from a prop tree. It’s NOT A PERSON! Chinese people do not eat dogs. That’s CAMBODIA people, not China. Any nobody’s secretly eating babies in China. One man did, and he put it up as an exhibit. I’d wager fifty bucks that it was a game-hen carcass.

    And finally I must say that if you take no responsibility for the corruption in your own government, the homestead act, eight years of GW without any organized move to impeach, and the loss of your own constitutional rights, you are completely insane. Who then do you blame? Our society may not be completely democratic, but the people are to blame for letting checks and balances go to pot. I said “censure” not “censor;” not the same thing. And please quit bleating like a whining Democrat. Republicans are not the devil. Well, Palin may be. But both Republicans and Democrats are to blame for our current economic crisis. Obama launched a few of those “WAR WAR WAR” missiles at Libya in case you’ve forgotten, and still hasn’t completely withdrawn the troops. Communism and Capitalism are vastly different. I think that was everything. I’m exhausted. My advice is to vote Libertarian.

    • Rayn says:

      As I said before:

      , the artist Zhu Yu ADMITS TO EATING THE FETUS under the CLAIM THAT IT WAS “ART”

      As for your comment:

      It’s like he’s saying exactly what you are with his art and your condemning him based on his medium of expression due to a gut revulsion reaction.

      Hmmm… Perhaps, you’re correct. According to Wiki article,”in response to the public reaction, Mr. Yu stated, ‘No religion forbids cannibalism. Nor can I find any law which prevents us from eating people. I took advantage of the space between morality and the law and based my work on it’.” I read this to mean that he was being disgustingly and opportunistically sensationalistic in his “art,” but your interpretation seems to also fit, as well… I suppose my interpretation was a great deal easier to conclude by virtue of the fact that I shudder in repulsion at the idea of any form of cannibalism taking place, let alone being considered “art.” I really cannot deny the fact that my utter hatred of Yu’s actions greatly contributed to condemnation of his work, yet I honestly don’t feel guilty for it…

      Actually, now that your comment has me thinking more about Yu’s motivations, I’m starting to see that there’s even a possibility that he wanted to provoke from the public exactly my sort of sentiment on the issue! Nothing like a little public outrage to get people thinking about sociopolitical issues!

      As for my comment that you quoted as “offensive”:

      “showing that the consumption of human fetuses in China is not something that can be dismissed as an “urban legend,” but much more likely, appears to be a trend that has been quietly practiced within China for a number of years,”

      I clearly stated this fact as a direct response to the snopes.com and urbanlegend.com articles I had just cited in my writing. Also, I immediately followed up my words with these carefully researched articles, which further illustrated my point:

      Chinese Trade in Human Fetuses for Consumption is Uncovered (1995):
      http://edgars.byethost13.com/fetusyum.htm

      Chinese Eat Baby Soup for Sex (2009):
      http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=%2FST%2Fdb%2Fread.php%3Fidx%3D7333
      (original article of pictures here (2005): http://replay.web.archive.org/20051217094102/http://hk.geocities.com/ennet369/)

      Hong Kong Reports Mainland Chinese Eating Infants (2007):
      http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-3-29/53482.html

      Book Reveals Fetal Soup Served in Chinese Restaurants (2008):
      http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive/ldn/2008/feb/08020109

      It was upon providing this information, that I then tied the behavior into China’s “one-child” policy, with the following conclusion:

      “And, as the fetuses referred to in the Seoul Times Article are FEMALE, this is a direct result of China’s infanticidal “one child” policy, which places males as more desirable than females, due to the cultural fact Chinese males take care of their elderly parents!”

      However, due to your taking issue with my statement, (specifically, your labelling it as “xenophobic”), I am now convinced to add the following modifier to my sentence, in order to distance myself from such conclusions: “has been quietly practiced among a small minority of the population within China for a number of years.”

      To answer your questions:

      “And what was with the ‘the world could be in for a horrible surprise if this MASSIVE ARMY of MEN is one day mobilized for ANY REASON’ comment? What massive army isn’t dominated by male soldiers already, and how would that be any less scary than an army of women?”

      I would say that you missed my point completely. In my article, I stated that China’s “one-child” policy “has currently left Chinese communities with an average of 30 MEN to 1 WOMAN.” So, when I say “MASSIVE ARMY of MEN,” I mean BY GOVERNMENTAL DESIGN, not through NATURE! I am TRYING TO EXPOSE a completely unnoticed, yet HIGHLY SINISTER ADVANTAGE that this “one-child” policy has for China’s government! I view it as a DANGEROUS thing with a far different set of dynamics than other armies of the world! One really important question to ask is, “What army of soldiers wouldn’t be more than happy to invade a foreign country with a NATURALLLY BALANCED GENDER RATIO, when considering the fact that their own government has made FEMALES ARTIFICIALLY SCARCE through MURDEROUS DESIGN?”

      Addressing your other comment:

      “…apply that same energy you put into writing this piece into something that will make a positive change or difference in the life of a Chinese woman. I don’t feel like your work was intended to do that, just stir up a bunch of dithering nonsense about people secretly eating babies.”

      I’m really sorry to hear that. I was hoping to stir up a bunch of rage about China’s “one-child” policy, and also to expose the “gendercide” taking place there… I wanted to give a voice to the voiceless. In your case, I apparently failed. I can only hope to do a better job of writing in the future. On the bright side, some of your criticisms have actually taught me some things, and I hope to find more ways to improve this article! So, for that, I am happy that you chose to speak up!

      Last, but not least:

      “And finally I must say that if you take no responsibility for the corruption in your own government, the homestead act, eight years of GW without any organized move to impeach, and the loss of your own constitutional rights, you are completely insane. Who then do you blame?”

      I blame the American government itself, for becoming “too big to fail” long before I was ever conceived! I demand the Individual Sovereignty I was born with! I truly meant it when I said:

      “It is a collosal, fascist, bureaucratic nightmare that has stolen my consent, and currently holds myself and many others hostage!”

      I am trapped within a giant social pyramid scheme within a political pyramid scheme within a financial pyramid scheme! And, I want out!!!

      “And please quit bleating like a whining Democrat. Republicans are not the devil.” I never said such a thing. My exact words were as follows:

      “Personally, I am not fooled by China’s system any more than America’s ‘democrat’ and ‘republican’ parties, which are two in the same: WAR, WAR, WAR!”

      I consider BOTH parties to be WAR PARTIES, making them equally of the “devil.” And, although my true position is Individual Sovereignty, for now, I am a registered Libertarian – and have been for a while!

      And, while I understand completely that “communism and Capitalism are vastly different” in application, they are actually very much the same ineffect, and, as I said in my article, both bear “the the same RIGGED pyramid scheme of an end result!”

    • Rayn says:

      Sorry for misreading “censure” as “censor,” by the way. It amused me when you brought it up, too… in a Freudian sort of way. I hadn’t even noticed beforehand. 🙂

    • Rayn says:

      Sorry! My keyboard batteries died… I was in the middle of writing about the new title I am now considering for my article: “As Female Infanticide Skyrockets Under Deadly ‘One Child’ Policy, China’s Wealthy Eat Human Baby As Delicacy”! I think it will do wonders for the tone of my piece! 🙂

      I am also considering the following edits to my article, as well:

      I will edit:

      this is a direct result of China’s infanticidal “one child” policy

      It will read:
      “this a a direct result of the government of China’s infanticidal ‘one child’ policy”

      I will edit:

      “It has currently left Chinese communities with an average of 30 MEN to 1 WOMAN”

      It will read:
      “It has currently left Chinese communities with a highly unnatural and very dangerous average of 30 MEN to 1 WOMAN”

      Finally, after my statement:

      the world could be in for a horrible surprise if this MASSIVE ARMY of MEN is one day mobilized for ANY REASON!

      I will follow with the question that I asked you in my previous comment:

      One really important question to ask is, “What army of soldiers wouldn’t be more than happy to invade a foreign country with a NATURALLLY BALANCED GENDER RATIO, when considering the fact that their own government has made FEMALES ARTIFICIALLY SCARCE through MURDEROUS DESIGN?”

  4. Justin says:

    I think you’ve opened a cathartic vein. I really must hate the two party system more than I thought…

  5. Justin says:

    Okay, I’ll start with a little mindless adulation, move on to my criticism, then open up our dialogue on the two party system.

    First I must say that I really like your writing style and your passion. You have a very distinct voice that comes through, and even though I’ve never met you I can almost imagine your voice as I read your work. I love that you rock the capitals in order to control the readers interpretation of intonation and stress too. But again, as a critic, I will just clear up the final points that put me at enmity with your article.

    Since you are clearly well educated and articulate I don’t think I need to stress the importance of finding good sources. I’m sure you scoured the internet looking for social commentary on Yu’s work and the one child policy, but let’s take a closer look at your sources.

    The Seoul Times is a South Korean website which claims to be “dedicated to informing foreigners about what’s going on around Korea;” dubious at best. Say, aren’t the Korean’s a bit afraid of Communist bodies of government, like China, and since all Chinese servers and forms of mass media are pretty much annexed to China, how do they contest these accusations? But most importantly, there are no primary or secondary sources to speak of in this “article,” and I use the word loosely. I see a bunch of sensationalist photos of what appears to be a stillbirth and a fetal autopsy (perfectly normal, there are medical pictures to this effect that are easily obtainable to anyone. There’s a fetus next to some roast chicken on a platter (a poor facsimile of Yu’s work,) and the creepy soup picture. There are very few newspapers that are considered noteworthy enough to gain real accreditation in the publishing community, because the nature of their “research” is shock value and the intention of their business is to sell newspapers, or in the case of web-media—to make sure you see those advertising links at the top of the page. There has never once been a credible citation used in the whole world of academic publishing or general publishing that has come from an online newspaper. Not ever.

    Moving on more quickly now, The Epoch Times article was published around 2001, and I’ll cover that later when I get to the sources I found through Project Muse. I have no idea what” http://edgars.byethost13.com/fetusyum.htm” is all about, but the shoody nature of the web site construction, and the poor nature of the writing suggests that this is a dummy site set up by someone for some unknown purpose. Not terribly useful for the sake of a credible argument to say the least.

    Finally let’s look at the book. Better yet, let me just show you an excerpt from the site: “”China has become a nation who without conscience aborts their own future generations. And this is Satan’s ultimate victory here. Is this conscience loss regarding the transcendent dignity and inherent right of human life to be blamed exclusively on atheistic Communism? Have not the recent influences of Western morals of secular humanism, materialism, hedonism, and ultimately unmitigated egoism, also contributed to this Chinese terrorism of the womb? In any case, the combination amounts to self-inflicted Chinese genocide, which so saddens the God that creates and loves the ethnical uniqueness of China”. An author with a Christian agenda? Really? Intended platform and thesis; uniting China and Satan under a communist flag. Ignore sources like this. A professor of theology from California not teaching in a seminary is a warning flag. If you want a good laugh, look up his publisher.

    So I thought I’d go look for some credible sources to help beef up your article, and since I sadly can’t go through ebsco anymore, I had to use google scholar. There was nothing scholarly at all on the practice of eating babies, and trust me, if people are doing it, there are academic journals (sociological, historiographical, international and cultural studies) that would be all over it. Nothing. I found one article by Carlos Rojas of Johns Hopkins University called, “Cannibalism and the Chinese Body Politic: Hermeneutics and Violence in Cross-Cultural Perception.” Not shockingly it addressed Yu’s work, and the number of hoax web sites that popped up around 2000 and 2001 that promulgated the myth of a Chinese subculture of consuming infants. “These internet rumors began to achieve a modicum of legitimacy in mid-March, when the small Malaysian tabloid Warta Perdana fed a growing international controversy in reporting that a certain Taiwanese restaurant was serving a dish consisting of the baked flesh of human fetuses. The story eventually precipitated such an uproar that the CIA and Scotland Yard ultimately got involved to try to sort things out. While these allegations of cannibalism were, at a literal level, apocryphal, they are nevertheless quite instructive.[…] The rumors

    themselves, together with the morbid transnational fascination that fed them and allowed them to grow, are interesting for two reasons. First, these rumors did not spring up in a vacuum, but rather they are implicitly in dialogue with a rich and multifaceted discursive tradition of cannibalism in modern, and premodern, China. And, second, cannibalism itself occupies a rather curious position in our own (Western) cultural imagination, and the challenge of how to read cannibalism cross-culturally has important implications for the broader question of what is at stake, and at risk, in cross-cultural reading and criticism in general.” BLAH. Anyway, I found another good book that talked more about cannibalism as a discursive Chinese practice, that is, something talked about in their society in stories and art, but not actually practiced. Has someone, somewhere eaten a baby in China? Most definitely. Has this also happened in the US? I’d bet my life on it. Does it happen enough that it should be brought up as anything other than sensationalist rumor? Clearly, in my opinion, no. All I could find about Chinese people’s philosophies of eating babies was an old wives tale that some mother’s still tell to their children. You want to know what it was? Women in China sometimes tell their children stories about foreigners eating them in order to scare them into being good. Seems somewhat ironic… And that’s all I have to say about that.

    Finally about the bipartisan horror of our own nation, I was completely agreeing with you on all points it seems. I figured that you were a libertarian (like myself,) I was just saying to stop bleating like a Democrat because I think it’s up to those of us who are outraged at the war-machine to do something about it, but also to take responsibility for letting things get so out of hand. In the dialectical of insanity that we call politics, it is the severe minority parties that call attention to the injustices of the majority (historically speaking.) We didn’t do that during the Bush years, not well enough anyway. And despite my party affiliation I recognize that all human, no, all primate behavior is based on need and hierarchy. That’s how governments get started. They are all pyramid schemes. When the greater good is placed over individual will; sacrifices to ethics will be made. We need to find a pyramid scheme that works for everyone.

    In conclusion, thank you for your responses. I really like your writing style, and though I may disagree with the way you segue into certain arguments, your writing has really made me think hard about a number of issues. Thank you for your open and candid dialogue. It’s 5AM, but I think I may check out your blog when I finish this stupid doctoral SOP that’s been making me want to vomit. I’ll respond again in the…um…afternoon. Need sleep.
    -JYH

  6. Justin says:

    Why does pasting remove my indention? I’m giving up on computer grammar…

    • Rayn says:

      Hmm… I’m not exactly sure why, but it’s precisely that sort of thing that pushed me into adapting the usage of a double-break between each paragraph I write. Wa wa! Anyways, I will see if I can add the same-such spaces into your comments! Of course, I’ll be sure to reply to your most recent one very soon, as well! 🙂

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