Two Chinas

Disclosure: Yes, I am an ABC (American Born Chinese). On with the commentary.
This topic REALLY annoys me. The whole thing about how it is Taiwan versus China, instead of the Republic of China versus the People’s Republic of China. And there is a BIG difference.
I was taught at a very young age that the Chinese people are all Chinese. No matter, if you’re from the province of Canton, Szhechuan, or from the island of Taiwan. We were are all one people. My mother was born in Taiwan, but she is Chinese. My father was born in Canton, but he is also Chinese. I am born in the United States, yet I am also Chinese.


HISTORY
During WWII, China was devastated by the Japanese. Massacred during the Sino-Japanese War, China turned to the Communist Party for help. The Communist Party agreed to provide weaponry in exchange for change. When the Community Party pushed out the Japanese, a civil war ensued. The Nationalist Party fled to what is now known as Taiwan. This is the way it is now, one country, two governments.
Analogy: It would be as if a war broke out between Democrats and Republicans and the Democrats got pushed into California, and the war ended. California would still be American, but ruled by a totally different governing body and structure.

WHERE WE ARE TODAY
Taiwan has been pushing or democracy for a long time, but Western media coverage is poor on the real facts. Taiwan has always been a part of China, just not the majority part. In this aspect, what China is doing is correct. This is also the reason why the United Nations has never taken Taiwan into the fold, even after nine bids for a seat. Note that the ROC did have a seat in the United Nations, but withdrew the seat in 1971.
Even the Government Information Office (ROC) states:

The Republic of China (Taiwan) is a free and peace-loving state, and its democratically elected government is the only one that represents the interests and wishes of the people of Taiwan.

More from Taiwan’s GIO:

Taiwan is formally known as the Republic of China (ROC). Founded in 1912, the ROC is Asia’s first constitutional republic. The ROC government, led by the Kuomintang (KMT), relocated to Taiwan in 1949 when the Chinese Communist Party established the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the mainland. It has since exercised jurisdiction over Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu, and numerous other islets. The two sides of the Taiwan Strait have since been governed as separate territories.

MEDIA INCONSISTENCIES
Where has the media gone wrong? Back when I was a child, material items were tagged with either PROC, or ROC. Nowadays, it just says “Made in China” or “Made in Taiwan”. The true meaning is lost even more when media tries to designate the two sides as Taiwanese versus China. They are both China. One just happens to be the People’s Republic, versus the Republic.

Analogy: This would similar to saying all Republicans are Texan. You’re a Republican? no. You’re a Texan. Doesn’t quite ring true does it?

SOLUTION
When Germany was split down the middle with Russia and the US leading either side, it was one country with two opposing government bodies. Then the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, bringing together the nation that was divided. Until that happened, both governments were allowed a place in the world seat, even though they were two distinct governing bodies. Taiwan can also be placed in such standing. With regard, it has always been the ROC (Republic of China) versus PROC (People’s Republic of China). In this sense, Taiwan (as ROC) should be allowed to be a democratic nation in the world community.
SUMMARY
Most people don’t speak Taiwanese, they speak Mandarin. The actual number of people that descended from the islanders are very few, compared to the refugees from the Mainland. Mandarin is still the dialect that all Chinese abide by. Don’t get me wrong, Taiwan should be free and a democratic state. But they need to be the democratic Chinese, not the Taiwanese.
In the end, I’m but an ABC who is proud to say that his heritage comes from China. While my family is divided by birthplace, they will always also be Chinese. And as I gaze past the Pacific with my dark Asian eyes, in the distance beyond my sight, there will always be two Chinas.
REFERENCES

  • Instapundit – MORE ON THE TAIWAN PROTESTS HERE
  • WILLisms – Following “The Blueprint” In Taiwan

    • Mass Rally Protesting China Anti-Secession Law

      * Hundreds of Thousands Stage Mass Rally in Taiwan – New York Times
      * Zornige Taiwaner trommeln gegen China – Der Spiegel
      * Les Taïwanais manifestent pour signifier à Pékin leur attachement à la paix et à la démocratie – Le Monde
      * 特報ï…

    • Mass Rally Protesting China Anti-Secession Law

      * Hundreds of Thousands Stage Mass Rally in Taiwan – New York Times
      * Zornige Taiwaner trommeln gegen China – Der Spiegel
      * Les Taïwanais manifestent pour signifier à Pékin leur attachement à la paix et à la démocratie – Le Monde
      * 特報ï…

    • Came across your blog and totaly agree with you: There’re two Chinas, which China has been doing everything they can to make every government in the world to deny it.
      I’m Taiwanese and I’m as Chinese as you are. Simply put, the I’m TBC while you’re ABC. Dipite different nationality (Taiwan and U.S.), we are, as you said, all one people.
      The only difference is this: if, through democratic procedure, you want to modify the 4th amendment or change the name of U.S.A. to something else, you can. If we want to do the same thing, China invades us.
      If you had a chance to read the Anti-secession Law, you’ll see a super mantra for the nation (i.e. Chinese blood), and how it is above everything. It says the nation is “sacred” and unifing with China is Taiwanese people’s “sacred” cause.
      This is essentially saying that your ethnic heritage determines what you should and should not do. A (foreign) government determines what an individual’s cause should be and tells you that it is unchallengable because it is sacred.
      Doesn’t that remind you of what Nazi German said to Austrians?
      Seriously this law is not only a law agaist Taiwanese but also a menifesto against the values of human rights, democracy, and freedom that the human civilization has been backed up since Ranaisance.
      So think about it.

    • Came across your blog and totaly agree with you: There’re two Chinas, which China has been doing everything they can to make every government in the world to deny it.
      I’m Taiwanese and I’m as Chinese as you are. Simply put, the I’m TBC while you’re ABC. Dipite different nationality (Taiwan and U.S.), we are, as you said, all one people.
      The only difference is this: if, through democratic procedure, you want to modify the 4th amendment or change the name of U.S.A. to something else, you can. If we want to do the same thing, China invades us.
      If you had a chance to read the Anti-secession Law, you’ll see a super mantra for the nation (i.e. Chinese blood), and how it is above everything. It says the nation is “sacred” and unifing with China is Taiwanese people’s “sacred” cause.
      This is essentially saying that your ethnic heritage determines what you should and should not do. A (foreign) government determines what an individual’s cause should be and tells you that it is unchallengable because it is sacred.
      Doesn’t that remind you of what Nazi German said to Austrians?
      Seriously this law is not only a law agaist Taiwanese but also a menifesto against the values of human rights, democracy, and freedom that the human civilization has been backed up since Ranaisance.
      So think about it.