A Vote for the future

2020/1/11的投票,不是只是關於你看不順眼哪一黨、哪個候選人,或是藍綠兩黨的零和勝敗。請用更高的視野看,這次是台灣未來的最關鍵的時刻,這是關於你未來要跟誰一起爭取資源、你未來的各種自由、你眼前的所有的台灣土地的美好是否存續的關鍵戰役。

The 2020 presidential election is not just about the preference/prejudice of a candidate or the zero-sum game of the blue and green parties. All Taiwanese people, please see this from a higher perspective. This is the most critical moment in Taiwan ’s future. This is the key battle about who you will be competing with for the resources with in the future, and your freedom in the future. It’s also about how long the beauty of all this island can last.

在國外待了四年了- 巴黎、上海、杭州,我曾經覺得「回台灣?不可能。薪水太差了,台灣在大中華地區面臨邊緣化,在資源分配上,大多數品牌/公司肯定會把台灣始終排在中國之後,相對就業市場的機會就比較少,因為人口少。出於現實考量,對過去的我而言,去台灣從來都不是一種工作地的選擇。即使在2019年初,我仍然只考慮在中國、新加坡和香港的工作機會。

Had been abroad for 4 years, I used to think that “going back to Taiwan? Not gonna happen.” The salary is too bad, and Taiwan is kinda isolated in the greater China circle because most brands would definitely take Taiwan into the last consideration because it’s so small, when it comes to resource allocation. Going back to Taiwan was never an option for me for practical reasons. Even in early 2019 I still only considered job opportunities in China, Singapore and in Hong Kong.

我也曾經以為很多台灣人太情緒化了,有時甚至很不理性。對於一些從未去過中國的台灣人,他們通常會覺得中國是不文明的、沒素質、基礎設施差。但是他們不知道中國的數字經濟有多先進,也因為缺少彼此的了解,所以他們不真正了解對岸人民實際在想什麼、生活型態是怎麼過。

I also used to think that many Taiwanese are too emotional-driven, sometimes even too irrational. For some Taiwanese who never visit China, they think China is uncivilized, with poor infrastructures and limits of freedom. But they don’t know how advanced their digital economy is and also they don’t really understand what they are thinking because there was little conversation.

沒錯,在中國的三年,的確見證了中國經濟的高速發展、動態多變的市場局勢還有各種新科技的引入,特別是我在的零售快消/電商領域,光是簡單從淘寶/天貓的一個購物流程、使用者體驗,就可以讓你驚嘆數字經濟的潛力,從電商頁面展示、演算法、物流速度/追蹤、支付方式、客服機器人的便利,一切都讓我看的目眩神迷,眼界大開。在上海生活也非常新奇刺激,看不完的各種世界級的展覽、各種餐廳、酒吧,你可以遇到來自中國與全世界各式各樣的人,的確是一個在台灣很難見識到的國際城市的樣子。

Yes, spending three years in China worths it. I have indeed witnessed the rapid development of the Chinese economy, the dynamic market, and the continuous introduction of various new technologies. Especially in the field of fast-moving consumer goods/e-commerce in my field, merely a shopping experience on Taobao/Tmall can totally astonish you that how big the potential of the digital economy is. From the display of e-commerce pages, algorithms, logistics speed/tracking, payment methods, and the convenience of customer service Chat-box, I felt that my eyes widened and dazzled. Life in Shanghai was also very fun and exciting. With endless world-class exhibitions, restaurants and bars, I could meet all kinds of people from China and all over the world. It is indeed an international metropolitan which is hard to see in Taiwan.

但是這樣的生活也有另一面。

在大學的時候學過一門了解當代中國歷史、經濟、共產黨的課程,聽過中國有「中宣部」控制審查所有的新聞與媒體,當時光是看書,只覺得霧裡看花,很神秘。在上海的時侯就聽到很多外國人提到中共的「社會信用制度」- 意思是你的一舉一動就在政府監控之中,然後會對你的行為加分減分,影響到你買房等獲取資源的權利,而平常在微信上絕對不提政治敏感字眼如港獨、台獨、藏獨早已經是在陸工作外國人的心照不宣的默契。之前還聽過朋友的外國男友因為在微信發佈了敏感內容,24小時內微信被鎖、銀行帳戶也被鎖。然後還有習慣到不能再習慣的各種和諧事件,前天看到的一點負面社會新聞,隔天馬上被全面刪除,還會配有中國官宣媒體的各種聲明與解釋。更令人害怕的是先前研究所同學無故消失,找到人以後又不能詢問發生什麼事。

But there is another side of this life.

When I was in college, I studied a course about contemporary Chinese history, economics, and also read many books about the Communist Party of China. I heard that China has the “Central Propaganda Department” which controls and censors all news and media. At that time, i just felt that this country is so mysterious. While in Shanghai, I heard many foreigners mention the CCP ’s “social credit system” – meaning that every move you take is monitored by the government, and then your actions will add or deduct points to your points, affecting your rights, for example, to purchase of a house. Expats working in China usually do not mention politically sensitive terms on WeChat, such as Hong Kong independence, Taiwan independence, Tibetan independence. One of my good friends’ boyfriend’s bank account and WeChat account were locked within 24 hours after he posted sth sensitive on WeChat. Then, there are various events that are “harmonized”: the news you saw yesterday can be deleted completely the next day, along with various statements and explanations from Chinese official propaganda media. What was more frightening was that one of my graduate classmates disappeared for at least a week, for no reason. After he was found safe, we were asked not to discuss this on WeChat.

在這樣的環境下,已經習慣台灣的環境,也曾經受歐洲自由風氣影響的我,愈來愈覺得不舒服。但是這些經歷仍然沒有觸發到我想要離開的心。

For people like me who are used to a free-to-talk-about-anything environment in Taiwan, and who have been living in European/American countries, they are very likely not going to get used to it. I felt more and more uncomfortable when I was in China. But these experiences still did not trigger the reasons I wanted to leave.

2019年4月,我加入了中國最大的互聯網企業集團之一。當時我加入它的全球儲備人才計劃,覺得能夠在一個國際的舞台平台上與國際人才緊密合作實在是太棒了。但是,現實與我的期望有很大不同。我在的是一個全球事務事業部,但我的大多數同事都是在中國土生土長、受中國本地教育的本地人。他們與這間位於杭州的公司一起成長,從數百名員工發展到100,000名員工。

In early 2019, I joined one of the biggest internet conglomerates in China for its global talent program. I thought that it’s the beginning of one of my dreams to work closely with talented internationals on a global platform.

However, the reality was very different from my expectations. I was allocated to international business, but most of my colleagues are Chinese locals who grew up in China, educated in China. They grew up with the company, from hundreds of employees to 100,000 employees. This is an environment where I had a chance to understand more deeply about how the Chinese see things and what their lifestyles are.

也因此,我有機會更深入地了解中國人所看到的事物以及他們真實的生活方式。

我的大多數同事都很好。我的意思是,他們都是善良的人類,他們不會邪惡地想要殺死你或陷害你。我意識到了為什麼中國經濟能夠如此快速地增長,為什麼如此多的中國人如此努力(100%時間投入到工作中,即使犧牲關係與健康),以及瘋狂的物質主義背後的原因(這也和電商的快速發展有關)。在中國盛行。根據維基百科,在過去的30年中,中國的人均GDP從317美元增長到10,099美元,幾乎是32倍。許多35至40歲的中國人以前小時候沒有熱水可以洗澡。

Most of my colleagues are nice. I mean, nice human beings who are not evil and don’t wanna kill you nor frame you. I realized the reason why the Chinese economy could grow so fast, why so many Chinese people are so so hardworking (devoting themselves 100% to a job), and why crazy materialism (related to the rapid growth of e-commerce too) is so prevailing in china.

According to Wikipedia, In 30 years, The GDP per capita in China grew from only USD317 to USD 10,099, nearly 32 times higher. Many Chinese at the age of 35-40 years old didn’t have hot water to shower when they were kids. What I saw was: most of Chinese they don’t have options but choose to close their eyes in terms of freedom, as long as CCP guarantees them economic growth; 1.3 billion people were educated and believe that the coming back of Taiwan as a province of China is for sure gonna happen, by all means. It’s a matter of the honor of great China as a superpower country, related to the shame of being invaded by western countries more than one century ago.

I also witnessed the glorious and lavish lifestyle of many Chinese in first-tier cities in China. My friend’s 20-year-old ex-girlfriend was able to buy “the right to buy a star” as a birthday gift for my friend. She is a single child under the Chinese’s single-child policy.

我看到的是:大多數中國人沒有太多選擇,他們閉上眼睛,選擇經濟與變得更富裕,中共只要保證他們的經濟增長即可。有13億人被教育且相信「台灣一定會再回來成為中國的一個省。」這是偉大的中國作為超級大國的榮譽,也和一個多世紀前中國被西方國家入侵的恥辱有關。這也是為什們這麼多中國人對台獨議題如此反對。這是他們從小被教育的價值觀。

我也看見了了中國一線城市如北京、上海,許多人的奢侈和且張揚富裕的生活方式。我朋友的20歲前女友能夠購買「買天上星星的權利」作為給我朋友的生日禮物。她也是中國一胎化政策年代誕生的。

I just wanted to list some facts that I have observed in China and help you to make a decision better. And I believe that many Taiwanese will say: “Wow, that’s very different from Taiwan.” When we are living in a place where same-sex marriage is allowed, where artists and content creators can freely create without limitations, where people are really allowed to say anything and even criticize the president of Taiwan, when we are able to enjoy the marvelous nature and aboriginal culture and continuously improve our educational policy to empower the minority and aborigines in this land, these cute little things come with a price.

我只想列舉一些我在中國觀察到的事實。而且我相信很多台灣人都會說:「哇,這跟台灣有很不一樣。」

我們生活在一個允許同性婚姻的地方,藝術家、內容創作者有自由發揮創作的空間,人們完全可以大肆批評總統和政府也不會無緣無故消失,而且每個公民真的手上有選票的權利可以來表達自己的意見。我們還享受令人驚嘆的美麗自然環境、原住民文化,並不斷改善我們的教育政策,以賦予這片土地上的少數民族和原住民孩童更多資源去追求更好的未來。

大選前只有不到36個小時,我希望我的觀察能幫助您就台灣和自己想要的未來做出明確的決定。2020,台灣要贏。

So, as there is only less than 36 hours before the election, I hope that my observation can help you to make a clear decision as to what future you want for Taiwan, and more importantly for yourself.

為台灣祈禱。願我們現在擁有和珍惜的東西能夠在我們的未來持續下去。

Pray for Taiwan.
May what we have and cherish now can last in our future.

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