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Todays Chinese Culture Is Morally Bankrupt, Say Critics
Lin Ping, Radio Free Asia
11/10/2008

As the influence of China’s tainted dairy products continues to expand throughout the world, many are considering how these contaminated products are harming our health. While some critics believe that the tainted food-stuffs merely harm one’s physical body, others point out that tainted food trend, known as a phenomenon of making false products, is producing something even more harmful.

Chinese culture critic Zhu Dake recently published an article titled “The Phenomenon of Poisonous Milk and Kidney Stones” on his blog on sina.com Web site. Zhu describes how China’s contaminated dairy products have become another symptom of the country’s “Post-Olympics Era.”
In a country where almost all brands of dairy products have been intentionally contaminated, people can’t help but be suspicious of China’s entire food industry—an industry where tainted baby formula is only the tip of the iceberg.

Seeking to maximize profits, chemical and food manufacturers throughout the country continue to produce many toxic-laden food products.
To add insult to injury, government at all levels actually aid these manufacturers’ heinous practices in order to achieve the desired gross domestic product (GDP) growth target. Meanwhile, State Food Inspection institutions grant exempt-from-inspection certificates to those enterprises.
“This problem is actually an ethical collapse, as most of these business people have lost their basic morals, bringing down the whole management system in the process. This kind of thing wouldn’t happen in a normal society,” said Li Hongkuan, former editor in chief of VIP Reference (Dacankao), an electronic magazine based in Washington.

“The tainted Chinese culture is in fact more horrible than tainted milk powder but the public hasn’t increased their vigilance yet,” Li continued. “For example, in order to attract more traffic to their website, writers are forced to write 10,000 to 20,000 Chinese characters for serial stories instead of a more reasonable 3,000 characters a day. As a result, while the quantity of content has increased, the quality of the writing becomes very poor. “Best sellers” often equate with low-quality books. After the ‘fake singing’ incident at the Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony was revealed, some even spoke out in support of the false performance.”

Dr. Wang Weiluo, a specialist in Planning Science in Architecture and Civil Engineering at University of Dortmund in Germany, thinks the fake and tainted products in industries across China reveals that Chinese society is morally bankrupt. To illustrate his point, Wang used the example of the school buildings that collapsed during the large earthquake in Sichuan Province earlier this year, which resulted in thousands of children being buried alive.

“Those school buildings had to be designed by architects, then this construction project had to be examined, inspected and approved,” explained Dr. Wang. “Therefore, the loaners or donators, the education bureau, construction contractors, workers, supervisors, the school master and school finance personnel all have a hand in building these poor quality school buildings. Not just a few people can be blamed for this. Many people in China see things that are not right and don’t bother say anything. They don’t think it is their responsibility and they have not thought that one day their children walking into these unsafe classrooms will get buried in the rubble.”

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