In our ongoing series about who can be whipped up into the most frenzied nationalistic fervor, we consider the phenomenon of the anti-rally rally. In this case, a highly-organized contingent of Chinese students at the University of California, Los Angeles staged a rally to combat a pro-Tibet rally on April 15th, 2008. In the end, the Chinese students vastly outnumbered the pro-Tibet activists. We wonder aloud: is the anti-rally the new rally? And, whatever happened to the days when the disenfranchised and underprivileged staged rallies?
Below is a translated copy of an email sent out by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association to its members at UCLA.
Stick around after the letter for another picture and a video from the anti-rally rally.
“Anti Tibetan Independence Note”
Please everyone, earnestly attend to discipline, and with unity, calmness, good measure, and orderliness meet whatever events might transpire. It is imperative that everyone stays together; do not split apart, and if it happens that someone causes a disturbance, face them as a group, and meet them with calmness.
Women in particular must not move about by themselves or get into face-to-face arguments or interviews; nobody should get agitated, shout out slogans or curse at anyone.
As long as we attend to discipline, unity, and a great showing of the truth, our goals will be realized, and the conspiracies of others will come to no avail. They speak a thousand lies, we show a thousand truths.
Their lies are in fact a single word: “Fake.” Our truths are just a single word: “Real:” One China, hosting the Olympic games. Whatever they say or ask, we can simply use this to respond. We will issue forth, from our own hearts, the sound: “One China, hosting the Olympic games.” All other problems will be as easily solved as a length of bamboo is split after getting the blade in.
As long as we stick to our underlying principles, we will not easily fall into their premeditated trap.
Also, we students are all on an American campus, so we must abide by discipline and courtesy in treating others on campus, and demonstrate the good measure and rationality of us Chinese international students.
When using loudspeakers, be sure to use your discretion. You can’t teach others with a cudgel.
If you encounter the police, you should definitely obey and courteously do as you are told. No matter what, don’t struggle or resist. Stay as a group, be sure that no individual stands out, so as to avoid suffering losses.
The backbone of the activity is to gather together, and everyone must take the initiative to be on the defense and close ranks. Our policy is:
Be ordered, be effective, be tempered, move as one, and stick to having someone in place to prevent suffering unexpected injury.
original email attachment here
A video of students chanting “Lies! Lies! Lies!” in response to a pro-Tibet activist: