What Do You Really Want from Us?
By Duo-Liang Lin
|When we were the Sick Man of Asia, we were called the Yellow Peril.
|When we are billed to be the next Superpower, we are called The Threat.
|When we closed our doors, you smuggled drugs to open markets.
|When we embrace free trade, you blame us for taking away your jobs.
|When we were falling apart, you marched in your troops and wanted your fair share.
|When we tried to put the broken pieces back together again, Free Tibet, you screamed. It was an invasion!
|When tried communism, you hated us for being communist.
|When we embrace capitalism, you hate us for being capitalist.
|When we have a billion people, you said we were destroying the planet.
|When we tried limiting our numbers, you said we abused human rights.
|When we were poor, you thought we were dogs.
|When we loan you cash, you blame us for your national debts.
|When we build our industries, you call us polluters.
|When we sell you goods, you blame us for global warming.
|When we buy oil, you call it exploitation and genocide.
|When you go to war for oil, you call it liberation.
|When we were lost in chaos and rampage, you demanded rules of law.
|When we uphold law and order against violence, you call it violating human rights.
|When we were silent, you said you wanted us to have free speech.
|When we are silent no more, you say we are brainwashed-xenophobes.
|"Why do you hate us so much?" we asked.
|"No," you answered, "we don't hate you."
|"We don't hate you either, but, do you understand us?"
|"Of course we do," you said, "We have AFP, CNN and BBC's ..."
|What do you really want from us?
|Think hard first, then answer, Because you only get so many chances.
|Enough is enough, enough hypocrisy for this one world.
|We want one world, one dream, and peace on earth.
|This big blue earth is big enough for all of us.