Silicon Valley is so Racist

Okay, so later in the episode, Richard gets called out for not wanting Jiang to hold shares in his company as Anti-Asian. But not before gilfoyle gives an unapologetic “I’m a racist, I don’t want a Chinaman in my bed, fuck you Chinaman.”

I mean, the show makes racist look good. Jiang was offensive and unaccommodating and broke the law, all of this circumstance makes it seem completely within reason for gilfoyle to deliver racist insults using racist slurs. The circumstance make racist behavior seem acceptable. It legitimizes racist actions in viewers mind by showing them how to treat a Chinaman. I even thought Jiang deserved it.

But Chinaman is a very deragotory and racist word used with equal distain and disgust and prejudice as nigger.

White dude can’t say nigger today in anger, but they can use Chinaman in a very very angry and insulting spiel.

Not okay, Silicon Valley! This is not okay!

Granted, Gilfoyle ass-hole-ness is emphasized as he mistreats other people in his surrounding. But that doesn’t help the case. There are plenty of people who sympathize with Gilfoyle … They are (seemingly) competant coders who think themselves so cool and in control… Saving the day once in a while… So righteous that rudeness is the only proper manner. I mean I must know at least a dozen people like this. And still, for all of you, you are all great human beings and coders, but please, racism is not okay! I mean I love you all, and you’re all wonderful souls. But racism is not okay, okay?

Why isn’t there a single Chinese American who would make a case against racism against Chinese Americans? Are you all yellow chicken shit? Gotta seem distant from PRC Chinese because if you show any sympathy for them them the FBI or CIA will begin keeping tabs on you? Gotta dress amd shave and wash and talk and drive uppity-properly so the TLA’s dont flag you? Gotta keep your istance from non-PRC Chinese lest big brother on mainland spies you commingling with break-away rebels? Gotta maintain PC so you can keep that job at non-Chinese doninated company and send your kids to school so your bosses kids can discriminate against your kids for yet more generations to come? My God! What has Chinese bred into their genes? Such meek and sick people.

UGh!!!!!

Racism Against Chinese People in Silicon Valley

Ok… so, watching Silicone Valley season 5. Two episodes in and I’m having revolting reaction like Richard reacting to a large crowd of new employees. This portrayal of Jiang performing jackasseries like planning, explaining and executing a fraud is really upsetting despite all the other jackasseries. The main problem is Chinese people, even ones who speak as he does, do not do this kind of things.

… to be honest, I should not exclaim racial superiority of Chinese people in abiding by laws, but I can claim that they are no worse than the rest of the population…

To single out a Chinese guy, who is isolated and disconnected from the rest of the Pied Pier team… to display his wankerous exploits while the rest of the team is… being part of a team working on internet 2.0… This is just wrong.

Chinese people do not have the same social status or economic power as… people like Erlich Bachman, or even people like Big Head. Consequently they should not be substitute for Bachmans or big head’s characters. The stereotype comes at a very bad time.

A Chinese student was recently arrested for showing off a machine gun to his roommate in central Florida university… The arresting suspicion was that he stayed home all day and didn’t go to class.

Not that I feel like defending Jiang or that CFU dude, but I live in the Silicon Valley, and I stay at home all day and I in recent months have stopped showering, shaving and gained weight. Silicon Valley’s insensitive portrayal of Asian Americans make me very very unhappy.

I mean for god sakes, if I were to believe what America media tells me about it’s police and it’s culture, I would reasonably believe that the FBI in conjunction with local police may have been plotting a raid on my home for months because of my ethnicity and personal employment, health and hygiene choices.

Other plot, like Richard and Gavin duking it out in the hiring and acquisition space is not news to anyone whose worked here… well, actually, it’s worse and certainly not news to anyone as the settled conspiracy accusations high tech companies like Apple and Google, as well as settled allegations of hiring discrimination against Asians at Palantir, in each case, as news reports it, settlement against Silicon Valley companies.

But in these plots of Silicon Valley, the characters did not break the law as real Silicon Valley companies did.

So… in summation, the singular Chinese guy break law in a very very bad way when average Chinese is law abiding. All the other characters participate in the economy and competes according to the law when in fact the companies in Silicon Valley seem to have been competing on the wrong side of the law repeatedly.

I sense a bit of stereotyping here… glorifying something that in practice is bad and casting a very very negative stereotype on the Chinese Americans who are at worst average.

Shame on you all! You pig shit! You all are worse than the shit in the belly of that hog Jiang’s corrupt Chinese uncle shipped him from mainland China instead of the body of a dead white American he requested to present as evidence that Bachman is dead in order to gain control of Bachman’s Palo Alto residence. Who in the kingdom of horse dung to come wrote this script? And why???! Don’t you have a Russian or North Korean or even a German or an Aussie that you want to pick on? This is not entertainment! This really really sucks!

What is the Nationalistic Threat?

Read up on nationalist in an NPR article, also googled “the difference between patriotism and nationalism” resulting in explanation from Mariam-Webster dictionary. One is hard pressed to be oblivious of this except to follow present author in residing under a stone.

The search for nationalism began when I saw Madeline Albright, and Colin Powell talk about “nationalistic threat.” In Madame Secretary S5E1 (0.30 FAMX). From context it is obvious that Albright means the Nazi nationalistic agenda as a threat to humanity. Powell also highlights the aspect of concern: it is divisive. Clinton chimes in that the attack is on America’s diversity. And of course the TFA speaks of white nationalism which is a little bit more extreme in views and practices.

Ultimately it is probably fair for the governing body of a country to be patriotic–generally behaving to benefit the country. By definition, that also imply the acceptance that there must be separate nations and demand devotion of its constituency to its own above all other countries. To some extent, the superiority of any nation in its citizens’ minds seem to be definitive–otherwise the nation need not rationally exist.

Patriotism is like oxygen for government, you kind of need it to survive but too much at the wrong place ages and kills you–in a dreadful progression of degradation. Alternatives to patriotism as a foundation for thought and reason may, for example include humanism, religion, environmentalism, racism and capitalism. Respectively focusing on the success of humans (or each human), service of God, protection of the environment, advancement or dominance of one race, and the successful use of capital. These may seem mutually compatible or incompatible, depending on who you are, and they seem to be concerned with rather different types of objects, and scales in incomparable ways. But they are all candidates to take place of nationalism–they can all guide major decision making in a very primal way. Primal both in the sense of overriding everything else and also in the sense of being the origins of thinking and deciding. They are political campaign platforms.

There is no arguing that nationalism is great. And there is no arguing that racist nationalistic focus has done very bad things to humanity. It can definitely get way out of hand. Also, according TFA, some Americans interpret the bare word “nationalism” as implicitly having one of many possible political prefix that intone racism or conflict to others: white, Hindu, imperial, Afrikaner, Canadian, Buddhist, Tamil, colonial…

But imho the nationalistic behavior should not be attacked in the name of nationalism. The problem many have with “white nationalism” is the racist “white,” and the association of one’s white race with one’s patriotism. The problem with Trump’s nationalistic campaign, it has been argued, focuses on some social-economic class or geological regions, and its generating toxic social norms. When president Trump says “let’s take out those Chinese spy scums!” he is mindful to follow, irrespective of deference versus dominance, with “I respect the Chinese president, he’s a great guy! I keep a good relationship with him. We’re going to make a great deal!” His professional behavior towards his peers appears to genuinely respectful and constructive. But, as many on the opposite end of political spectrum argues, his display of attitude and policy towards “lesser” people, although mostly legally unchallenged, gives everyone the sense that the president’s administration is encouraging distain and discrimination for some geography and some social-economic class.

Having those personal sentiments did not factor into President Trump’s election. But the concern will then be that because of these behaviors, his leadership essentially encourages somewhat boisterous and rude display of hatred-like emotions towards some races, nations and geographies. The result is that some other “lesser” citizens of this country act out aggressions against these same groups in expression or by injury. They, unlike their leader, forsake responsible efforts toward any semblance of dignity and civility, in public or in clandestinity, towards their peers.

Perhaps the data will speak for itself. We will have stats on hatred and racially motivated crimes during his administration. History in retrospect will be crystal clear.

The irreversible environmental damage that we all worry about, and the drastic decrease of science in government, will surely have lasting impact. But honestly, we can only look at the bright side right now and see it as a winnowing process that will refine the involvement of scientists in government so that a better crop come onboard when the next administration revived science in American government.

Toxic nationalistic rhetorics and policies is definitely a threat to America damaging the integrity of the nation’s essence.

But I still think the boarders should be secure. Arguments against racism is not argument against the practice of nation building. Our borders should be secure against a walker from Mexico or Canada the same way it is to be secure for a swimmer from P. R. of China or a flier from Pakistan. There is no reason, for example, to believe that any individual, each of whom a human, from each of these geographies, each came to be on this Earth at the same time, will have significantly different crime rates when successfully integrated into our society. We should not discriminate against all individuals en masse based on protected attributes. I do wholeheartedly agree that we should protect that which we love, using walls if we must. We wouldn’t want to need walls for ever, but it is the best we can do right now.

This may seem anti-American to some. The wish to select who we accept into the country, the plan to “integrate” them into our society. This desire for control seems to be completely opposite of a freedom loving country open to all humans. The result of this openness is that many other walls are constructed to keep people out. For one example, there is the Ivy League which is considered by many to be a requirement for entrance into power and money has legal and uniquely discriminating admission tastes… For another example, the requirement that the politicians must publicly and enthusiastically promotes bathroom sharing between physically male and female people in order for them to run for office of any kind… these are some walls that we have put up inside our borders. These walls keep our tired, our poor, our huddled masses yearning to breathe free in their place within America.

Why don’t we just put up a physical wall? Let’s filter our residents and citizens. Let’s train them to be Americans because we think America and Americans are already great! Let’s rid ourselves of these other internal walls and be a truly free and just country.

Lets keep this America great.

Let’s make America greater!