All Comments for Chinese Student Apologizes For 'Fresh Air' And 'Freedom' Comments During Graduation Speech

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Anonymous Reader :

Dear Chinese students studying abroad, please bear this in mind. You can enjoy Freedon in the Free World but nevertheless you've been watched by Chinese spies. Commies will always be commies. When you go back home you will find out that Freedom that you used to enjoy exists no more in China.

May 26, 2017 07:59 AM

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Anonymous Reader :

Dear Ms Yang, please watch out if you go back to China. They're not kidding there as you know - communism - . I hope your apology could help you avoid loads of problem there.

May 23, 2017 04:42 PM

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Wangchuk from NY :

It seems even in America, Chinese people don't have free speech. A Chinese citizen studying abroad can't criticize her govt or point out problems in her country without the CCP lackeys and goons attacking her online & coercing her into an apology. For all we know the CCP threatened her family in China too. The CCP doesn't tolerate any criticism of it or public dissent.

May 23, 2017 03:26 PM

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Anonymous Reader :

CCP can definitely take any criticism from all over the world. Netizens in china is not arguing about the air pollution problem they have but Yang lied. All Chinese admit they have air problem, but they can't tolerate this Chinese girl grew up in a city where is no smog at all.
No excuse for the harassments that Ms. Young is subjected to. I don't like her speech, but it's certainly not a defamation of China, should be protected by freedom of speech.

But still, her speech, in essence, is to take advantage of some well-known negative facts about China, not as a sincere criticism, but as a mere means to please an mostly American audience. She does tell a small lie when she says that she needs to wear face mask in the city (Kunming) where she grew up, which is not true since Kunming is a beautiful city. This can be easily fixed by telling the truth that the polluted city is actually Xi'An she went for college. However, growing up in a polluted hometown is obviously a better story than once living in such a city for a few years.

If she really values clean air, how can she disregard the reputation of her hometown, one of the few major cities in China that has clean air? She should've feel grateful for her hometown given her clear gratitude for the clean air in US, right? But when that will make her story a little less appealing to her new friends, she ends up showing no gratitude for her hometown which is a place that provided her clean air for most of her life.

Ms. Young is a smart young lady who obviously understands the importance of pleasing the right people. Nothing wrong with that. But doing so with no gratitude for where she comes from reflects certain character that isn't popular in Chinese culture. Hopefully, neither in American culture.

May 23, 2017 10:10 PM

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