The Problem With Little White Girls (and Boys): Why I Stopped Being a Voluntourist

And this is far more interesting than I thought, thanks to my classmate’s recommendation.

Pippa Biddle

White people aren’t told that the color of their skin is a problem very often. We sail through police check points, don’t garner sideways glances in affluent neighborhoods, and are generally understood to be predispositioned for success based on a physical characteristic (the color of our skin) we have little control over beyond sunscreen and tanning oil.

After six years of working in and traveling through a number of different countries where white people are in the numerical minority, I’ve come to realize that there is one place being white is not only a hindrance, but negative –  most of the developing world.

Removing rocks from buckets of beans in Tanzania. Removing rocks from buckets of beans in Tanzania.

In high school, I travelled to Tanzania as part of a school trip. There were 14 white girls, 1 black girl who, to her frustration, was called white by almost everyone we met in Tanzania, and a few teachers/chaperones…

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Eden: a sex slave’s story



Wearing just their underwear, the girls line up with their backs to the wall, arms by their side, heads down, frozen to the spot. They dare not move.

Their captors walk up and down the line – picking them seemingly at random and tapping them on the shoulder – ‘You, you, you and you… come with me’.

In the back of a warehouse truck, they are driven for miles across the scorching Nevada desert until they reach a hotel. There, they are forced to have sex with up to 25 men one after the other.

This was life for Korean-born American Chong Kim who, at 19 years old, was sold as a domestic sex slave in 1994 to Russian gangsters and held captive for more than two years.

“The clients never came to the warehouse,” she recalled “That was just where we slept. There was nothing there but bed mats…

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What’s next?

” The society is supposed to be the mirror to our individuality. Once we start to play the part as we are assign, most of the us will see more opportunities and weaknesses at the same time.” Zhou En Lai.

The above quote is one of my favorite quotes from former Chinese Premier, Zhou En Lai. His sights and opinions on how the Chinese government was truthful. However, I am not here to talk about how great this person is. I am here to ask the question: What’s the next step for Chinese society? In other words, what will happen to the Chinese government?

Last night, as I tuned in the Chinese news, I was dumbfounded by what I read. ” The massacre happened this morning, at least 29 people died and 149 people wounded.” I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  As I kept on reading further,  there was a stabbing rampage in one of the famous Chinese cities yesterday morning at a local train station. According to the local official’s release press, 10 attackers were from the Xin Jiang Region. They were black masks as the one you would see in the movie “V for Vendetta” Each of them carried one and two sharp weapon. They started to attack the witnesses and the onlookers at the train station without any reasons. By interviewing the witnesses at the scene, people were scared and terrified by those assailant.  Until this morning, the KunMing official made formal announcement to confirm that 29 people were dead at the scene, 149 people were physically wounded. The police shot 5 of the attackers on the spot. There was only one escaped before the police’s arrival.

I couldn’t help asking this question :what’s happening to Chinese society today? To tell the truth, this is not the first  time similar incident happened. October of 2012,  a suicide bomber went inside the Beijing International Airport. He demanded to see the mayor of the city. Without being granted his request, he ignited the bomb in his bag and killed himself. Luckily, there was no wounded victims, except for some minor damages on the buildings. I believe it is crucial to ask the question what will happen to Chinese society next?

Through glancing through the Chinese media, most of the Bloggers are referring to this incident as ” the breakthrough for Chinese civil society.” One of the Bloggers wrote ( after translating into English): This is normal. Chinese society is getting way more complicated. It is getting harder and harder to control the thoughts and actions on the people, let alone foreseeing the terrorists attack.  No matter how updated the social policy will be, it is rather challenging to quench the desire in humans. ” After reading this quote, I have to admit that this Blogger is partially right. Chinese society is getting more and more complicated. The human needs are increasing. Chinese people are getting more and more educated through many ways. Some people think it is a promising phenomenon, others disagree that knowing too much would cause the public to be more rebellious.

No matter which side is right, the core is whether Chinese social policy will satisfy the needs of the people. In other words, there must be some reasons to “motivate” the attackers to take actions, or “bring out the revenge upon the innocent people.” Most people would ask the question : if Communist were the effective leading channel, how could people are still unhappy about the current? Well, let me tell you the truth: Communist belief is past tense.  It malfunctions today.  Mao’s period is gone.  Communist Party Leaders are leading the paths of the public. However, it is the path which none of us know where it is going.  I am not sure how many of you are familiar with the Chinese author called ” Yu Hua.” His famous novels are” to live”, ” Brothers”, are the best resources to know what happened to China in the past 100 years and what’s happening at this moment.

I can’t imagine what’s going to happen to Chinese society next. When I see the numbers of dead and the wounded people, all I could think was the guarantee of safety and the promises of the reliability were pure bullshit. If I were the family members of the victims,  instead of getting the compensation, I would like to know the answer why this happened today.

In the end, I ask all of you to pray for those families who lost their loved ones in this incident. Meanwhile, please pray for the Chinese society that Communist Party Members need to wake up and start to listen to the voices of us.

Pray for the victims
Pray for the victims