Irish American’s Chinese Blog Receives Highest Honor Imaginable

This must be the happiest day in Brendan O’Kane’s life. Read about how he causes car accidents, creates racial awareness among mynah birds and gets mistaken for a Uygur. Congratulations, Brendan. Savor those 15 minutes whilst they last!

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 28 Comments

“His (Chinese) girlfriend stopped first, and the mynah politely said to her in Chinese: “Ni hao!” But when O’Kane approached, the mynah greeted him in English: “Hello!”"

That was a good one!

February 29, 2008 @ 6:07 pm | Comment

Sublime!!

“Even the kindest ruler will not love a useless minister; even a doting father will not love a worthless son. One who occupies a position without being equal to his task is not the person for the position; an enfeoffed man who draws benefits without performing the duties expected of his rank does not deserve his fiefdom. A good bow is hard to draw, yet it can reach great heights and penetrate deeply; a good horse is hard to ride, yet it can bear great loads and traverse great distances. A talented man is hard to command, yet he can be trusted as an envoy to the ruler and an emissary to nobility.
In this way great rivers do not scorn streams and brooks as tributaries; therefore they become great. A great man does not scorn a task or neglect an errand; therefore he becomes a vessel for all under heaven.
Therefore a great river does not arise from a single source, and a fur overcoat worth a thousand yi does not come from the white pelt of a single fox. How then can one accept only those who agree with him and turn away those who disagree? This is not the way of a king who unifies.”

February 29, 2008 @ 6:18 pm | Comment

Whilst? From one American to another?

Umm…ok.

February 29, 2008 @ 6:51 pm | Comment

Way to go Brendan. Double congratulations this week, no?

February 29, 2008 @ 8:02 pm | Comment

deleted, with pleasure

February 29, 2008 @ 9:23 pm | Comment

Wayne, how would a dumb troll like yourself know? Say something witty, and we may listen. Else crawl back under the stone where you came from.

February 29, 2008 @ 9:45 pm | Comment

Neddy, I’m deleting that comment of Wayne’s. Execrable. Not to mention totally false.

February 29, 2008 @ 10:44 pm | Comment

It’s not “totally false” but it might be in this case. You could go to Pukhet and Bangkok to see the kind of “man” many Asia expats are.

February 29, 2008 @ 11:04 pm | Comment

It WAS totally false, as it was NOT based on any knowledge about Brendan. The Wayne character was talking out of his arse. The “You could go to Pukhet and Bangkok” argument is dumb, you cannot apply statistics to a single individual. Else a “you are a male and able to rape a woman” equals to “you are a rapist”. How would you like that? Use your head, next time you speak.

February 29, 2008 @ 11:24 pm | Comment

P.S. My las post was in reply to ‘ferin at February 29, 2008 11:04 PM’.

February 29, 2008 @ 11:27 pm | Comment

Keep it up Wayne. Every one of your comments is going to get deleted, fast.

February 29, 2008 @ 11:27 pm | Comment

“A white man will desire a beautiful blonde first”

Not really. Blondes are overrated

“Going for an Asian women, to most white people, is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.”

How rude for Asian women!

February 29, 2008 @ 11:32 pm | Comment

eco, please don’t reply to Wayne. He is a classic troll, spamming this thread with one idiotic comment after another.

He just sent me a charming email:

[editing my own comment; Wayne doesn't deserve this free publicity]

February 29, 2008 @ 11:49 pm | Comment

Yes, I agree: Kill Wayne, the moron. I am an equal-opportunity foul-mouth: Wayne, go on play with yourself. Until the nuthouse wardens catch up with you, and put you back in your cosy padded cell. Boring twat, if I have seen one…
Feel free to delete, Richard, I don’t mind. “Don’t feed the trolls”, etc.

February 29, 2008 @ 11:59 pm | Comment

he is pretty funny.

March 1, 2008 @ 12:15 am | Comment

Ferin,

It’s not funny, he’s retarded and doesn’t deserve the vote.

March 1, 2008 @ 12:54 am | Comment

I don’t know about that, I always laugh when people are crazy on the internet.

March 1, 2008 @ 12:58 am | Comment

ferins, that may be “what he is talking about,” but it is a far cry from the subject of this post. When I say far, I mean like universes apart.

March 1, 2008 @ 1:06 am | Comment

At least Wayne brings out the closet hatemonger in ferin, as if no one else has noticed that before.

March 1, 2008 @ 1:40 am | Comment

Damn … I arrived late on this thread, and have encountered (deleted) squalls from someone named Wayne.

I feel cheated, cos I can’t read what the furore is about.

I assume it’s he who opined: “Going for an Asian women, to most white people, is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.”

Hmmm … whoever — Wayne or otherwise — wrote that is talking complete bollocks.

March 1, 2008 @ 2:13 am | Comment

The son of billionaire Phillip Anschutz used his dad’s political leverage for the chance to take Michelle Kwan to a White House diplomatic dinner. That’s hardly scraping the bottom for either of them.

March 1, 2008 @ 2:37 am | Comment

closet hatemonger? i don’t hide any of my views, unlike some people.

and why michelle kwan?

March 1, 2008 @ 2:57 am | Comment

A real shame that a post I put up about something kind of light-hearted instantly degenerated into another shouting match about an issue that is absurdly off-topic. Wayne , who just posted two more comments, is truly an idiot, but we’re also idiots for treating him like a person and not pond scum.

March 1, 2008 @ 10:03 am | Comment

Wow, this ‘Wayne’ is such a complete and utter scumbag. I can’t imagine anybody even remotely supporting such atrocious and appalling ‘commentary’ or finding it amusing. I’ve lost all my respect for some people on this day.

Brendan is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, a true gentleman and a scholar and well-liked by everyone. His Chinese-language blog attacts a sizeable group of devoted fans from China and abroad, and not only because there aren’t many bloggers in the Chinese-language blogsophere, of any nationality, who occasionally write in both wenyan as well as baihua, but also because his honest and funny observations of life in Beijing are so spot-on that they defy the language barrier.

I always joke that my role is to play ‘Salieri’ to BOK’s ‘Mozart.’ He’s too humble to ever say it himself, but the kid is absolutely brilliant.

March 1, 2008 @ 11:12 am | Comment

Hi, Wayne! So sorry I missed your comments here, but thanks for the email — I really appreciated it.

Regarding white guys who date Asian girls being total losers: Oh my God, you’re right! I’ll just go home now. Thanks so much for your comment — if it hadn’t been for your trenchant, insightful discussion of my imagined shortcomings, I could have been here forever.

March 1, 2008 @ 1:06 pm | Comment

(And J and Richard — aw, shucks.)

March 1, 2008 @ 1:10 pm | Comment

I’m going to give Brendan the last word on this thread.

March 1, 2008 @ 1:32 pm | Comment

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