Ah, I see the debate continues
Right - Nikki-Nik has a point: I'm passive-agressive at best, downright vile at worst; a skilled listener, and a manipulative communicator; I can don my own blank-slate-face, and appear to be sorry when inside I'm calling you every name in the book. And I have no shame about communicating that fact on here now, not when I'm miles away with no intent of return.
I posted what I did the day I stepped back on non-Chinese soil. I stand by my comments, though I should say (in humility) that I don't know if the situation has improved. From talks with RD, and others from YEARS ago who experienced Mr I-Want-You-To-
, I can't imagine it has.
RD has a point, twisted as it may be, about their apparent motto. However, I fully admit where I went wrong, and what I did to get the treatment I did:I said no.
Fair and simple, people, that's what set in motion the HELL of an experience it was. Looking back, now, six-months post hoc, I can trace the pattern back to the first time I told that man: 'Wow, uh, euh, geeze, uh, I don't, uh, think I'm the, uh, eeks, best person you, uh, erm, uh, could find, uh, you know, for this, ai-yo, class ...........'
Silence. Silence. Silence. OK – let the raping begin.
That being said, it still does ring this far true with me: Mr Ma, that school, the foreigner who is 'for the foreigners' working there, the overall abject approach to the treatment of a human life, the attempt at a complete removal of my human-based dignity, the smearing of mine - and others' - names, well … like I said: six-months later, I'm still so irate that when I think about it I never ever ever ever in a million bazillion years want to even THINK about going back to China again. I have good days of good memories, and even think: 'I could go back, give it another shot, get a ...' and I trail off at 'job' out of complete fear/hatred of the possibility I'd be working for a man like Ma.
Ma - or anyone associated with him - if you're reading this: GOOD JOB. YOU'VE COMPLETELY TURNED A PERSON OFF TO A COUNTRY.