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heyyawn

Mar 26

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2 min read

I Can't Bear It Anymore (pt.2)

It is already the second day in a row that my roommates told me that they want to boycott foreign clothing and only support national products. This article is a follow-up to the Xinjiang Cotton. Besides being disgusted that the press is not free, I'm also sick of the damn boycott. I hate this top-down call to boycott products. I'm a Gen-Z, and I've experienced countless boycotts in China when I grow up. I am no longer willing to support the boycott as mindlessly as I used to. My first memory of boycotting was safeguarding the Diaoyu Islands, and that was the only time I ever saw a street march in China. After that, people take it as a "good" example of the "freedom to march". Then there was a boycott of Korean products. Korean music was taken down from all Chinese music apps, and Korean stores were closed, including Korean BBQ restaurants. I don't know when the ban was lifted again. Then the boycott of Japanese goods. Even some people went to smash Japanese brand cars. The most recent one was the boycott of the NBA because of the Rockets' pro-HK comments. This year the ban of the NBA was removed. I used to think that following the officials represented justice, but now I don't want to be a puppet. Many of the production lines of the boycotted products are in China, and boycotting these products is in a sense destroying our own jobs. It's a meaningless protest.
This time, already many stars have taken a stand to lift their endorsements. But there is no clear official statement to boycott those foreign clothes. I believe they dare not. For example, many national team athletes are sponsored by Nike, Adidas, etc. A full boycott of these foreign apparel would also be tantamount to a kind of shutdown. I watched the CCTV News on the bus today and it kept playing the stunt that H&M is "Huang Miu (ridiculous)". What's really ridiculous? This morning a review of Chinese Cotton was 404'd. What sensitive words were involved in this article? No, simply a combination of multiple articles analyzing the cotton situation in Xinjiang. Thousands of articles have been removed for inexplicable reasons. Where there have been no cases of outbreaks for months yet masks are mandatory on public transportation. Universities are still lockdown, with only one door open after 7pm. The door closest to the dorm was closed. Going back to school tonight was the 3rd time I've jumped off a fence at one person's height. I guess that's what's really ridiculous.

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