From: De Eye-lands, Mon
ORIGINAL: el cid again
I am interested in the China Area, but don't know much detail about it. Francois Charton is pushing me to understand more about China and has given me some books to read and website forums to go to.
I think Francois (fcharton) is an excellent resource. He is simply a historian and has no agenda. He would be a good sanity check.
btw, on his recommendation, I'm learning Chinese. So far, so good (still don't know how to order Peking (Beijing) Duck at a restaurant run by Taiwanese).
I have an international email list of China scholars and students - academics, intelligence officers, soldiers and others interested in the country. A majority are either ethnic Chinese - or married to ethnic Chinese - but there is no such requirement. [I was married in China and my wife is ethnic Chinese] It is very diverse, but includes no one sympathetic with the regime, and no one with any illusions about all being rosy and wonderful. One of the members is a PLA historian professionally. We have lots of materials, and people who can help reading them if not in English. ...
Hello Sid. How wonderful to see you once again. Nice to know nothing much has changed over the years. Sent a note to Sam with some history, so he won't be too disapointed.
As you know, I was with NSA in my early years. Matt was a green grunt and instructer at JTOC, Panama, before losing a limb and becoming a Mil History Professor at TAMU. Anyone and everyone we know who has info of significance, we identify by name and, if they are willing, by email address. That includes scholars, students, academics, intelligence officers, serving officers, and the majority of retireds who wish to comtinue to play.
I have provided tic after tic. You have provided nothing. One simple, ordinary, everyday, identification or email, from your supposed sources, would be helpful. So if you truly do know those peolpe, then a couple names and emails would go far in establishing your bona fides.
Or are you just one of those little people who make pronunciamento, with nothing to back them up? Show one, just one, and not from Wikipedia. PLease. just one, a single one , like all the rest of us have done over the many years. Just once, just one teensy, honest email. One, just one. That's all. You claim hundreds, but you can't name one, not one. Not a single one. Wonder why nobody believes you? Just one. One single solitary reference. That's all, just one.
Heck, I'm the unacknowledged love child of Kim Jong Ill and Immelda Marcos, and know more about the PI and Kwantung than any of you will ever guess, because my Uncle was the unknown, secret, Japanese keeper of the Alien technology and hid the Japanese advaned atomic bomb records in a cave by his home in North Korea. And one of my nieces married a guy who had a matertnal grandmother who was Japanese, so I must know everything about the Japanese, yeah? And then I was an honored guest, in 1987, at the wedding of Michael Hong and Sylvia Cheung (the unity, and increase, of the two largest shipping houses of Taiwan), so I guess I must know something about China, too. And it's all Bull, except I was at Michael's and Sylvia's wedding, and was treated like a guest, but made my deepest respects to all the Aunts and Uncles, tried to honor Mike and Sylvie by not acting the barbarian, and ate everything that was put before me and liked it.
But then, I really don't know squat about China. Mike and Sylvie are just normal everyday home folks, even though they are very, very Chinese. However, I learned, a while back, how to be be polite; especially when it effects my friends.
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