Oracle Bones is Peter Hessler’s second book. He and Michael Meyer were in the same Peace Corps. This book narrates around three parallel stories: his former students, a Uighur dissident, and the research of Chen Mengjia. No doubt, this book is verified by the party.

Boycott

Hatred of western countries and Japan seems like a “default setting” of Chinese people. But when you ask them the main reason for their hatred, they just become vague. Someone might mention the history of aggression, then why don’t they hate Russia, Mongols or Manchu?

Like Gao, many Chinese citizens, sorting through often conflicting information from state-run media, the Internet, and word of mouth, are responding to the incident with as many questions as opinions.

While initial comments tend to be angry and unequivocal—especially when addressed to members of the foreign press corps—longer discussions reveal frustration and powerlessness….

Oracle Bones

Angry parade, boycott some companies, an officer call for restraint, then forgotten. A common pattern repeats every few years, it reminds me of “two minutes hate” in 1984. And the reasons of these conflicts are even more retarded in recent years.

Year Target Reason
1999 US Belgrade embassy bombing
2008 France Olympics torch relay
2010 Japan Senkaku / Diaoyudao Islands
2010 Norway Liu Xiaobo
2010 Google Don’t love Big Brother(they do now just like other disgusting companies)
2012 Japan Senkaku / Diaoyudao Islands
2015 Chou Tzu-yu Held Taiwan flag
2015 Maroon 5 Twitting happy birthday to Dalai Lama
2015 Bi Fujian Mock the former Great Helmsman, People’s Leader
2016 Philippine Scarborough Shoal
2017 South Korea THAAD
2017 Winnie the Pooh You knew it
2017 Justin Bieber Maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the performance environment
2017 Katy Perry Wearing sunflower and Taiwanese flag during a performance in 2015
2018 John Oliver Criticize censorship, dictatorship and Pooh
2019 Devotion (video game) Winnie the Pooh
2019 Airline and other companies List Taiwan as a country
2019 Mainlander’s Taiwan travle visa Influence Taiwan election
2019 Hong Kong Hong Kong protest
2019 NBA A tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters
2019 South Park Kill Pooh
2020 Australia Call for investigation of COVID-19
2020 US COVID-19, Trade War, expel journalists, shutdown consulate
2020 India Border conflict, boycott Chinese firms
2020 Thailand Some pathetic Chinese netizens felt humiliated by a Thai girl

Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.

1984

There is a story about the etymology of word boycott: during the Irish “Land War”, 1880. Charles Boycott was the land agent of landlord Lord Erne.

He(Lord Erne) had agreed to a 10 per cent reduction owing to a poor harvest, but all except two of his tenants demanded a 25 per cent reduction … He(Charles Boycott) then issued demands for the outstanding rents, and obtained eviction notices against eleven tenants.

Wikipedia

On 19 September 1880, Parnell gave a speech in Ennis. He proposed that people should shun the tenants who take farms where another tenant was evicted. Three days later, a tenant refused to accept the notice, and the local women succeeded in driving the process server away. Then all Boycott’s employees left, and he was isolated, no one serviced him. His name appeared in many newspapers, then the word “boycott” was used to describe his situation.

Romanization of Chinese

During the 1920-1930s, the Soviet Union launched Latinisation campaign. It’s aimed to replace traditional writing systems for numerous languages with Latin script. They thought Latin alphabet can simplify languages in order to eradicate illiteracy. On January 25, 1930, Stalin signed the decision “regarding the Latinisation”, Latinisation was stopped. In 1938, all newly Latinised languages were converted to Cyrillic.

Latinxua Sin Wenz is one of the languages created in Latinisation. Unlike other romanization schemes, Latinxua Sin Wenz system’s purpose was to supersede the Chinese characters from the very outset. And it’s the first romanization system to replace the Chinese characters by native Chinese speakers. In 1931, the Latinxua Sin Wenz system was established. It was supported by a number of Chinese intellectuals such as Guo Moruo and Lu Xun. Chinese has four tones(and a neutral tone), but Latinxua does not indicate tones at all. Its creators wanted to abandon tones, they thought tones limit the development of Chinese, Chinese will be simpler and more reasonable without tones. You can view a Sin Wenz guidebook at here.

Maybe communists wanted to get more support, they withdrew support for Latinxua Sin Wenz in 1944. Before that, there are more than 300 Latinxua Sin Wenz publications.

According to Hu Qiaomu Huiyi Mao Zedong, when Mao visited the Soviet, Stalin told Mao: “You’re a great country, and you should have your own Chinese alphabet (zimu). You shouldn’t simply use the Latin alphabet”. Maybe this is why Mao proposed simplified Chinese, pinyin and abandon Latinization.

In 1955, Premier Zhou Enlai assigned Zhou Youguang the task of developing a new romanization system. Zhou Youguang is often called “the father of Pinyin”. But he called himself “the son of pinyin”. The first edition of Hanyu Pinyin was approved and adopted on February 11, 1958.

Okay move along, move along people, there’s nothing to see here!