We all want to be on the winning side, and by all means, the local Chinese despise Winston Peters for his well-excused racism against immigrants, especially on the mothers and fathers of the new Chinese immigrants here in New Zealand.
Interestingly, I can’t help noticing something weird going on wechat today: after Peters revealed his choice of coalition earlier in the evening, a unity of complaints against the coalition government of Labour, NZF and Green has my wechat timeline filled. People become cynical and start cracking jokes about a serious plan to emigrate back to China, or Australia or Canada. Images been photoshopped or subtitled to show their disapproval, and others are calling upon a booze to quench the flames of their resentment. For a long while, there are people wailing and whining across the local Chinese community on wechat, it feels as if we were on the losing side, and it was an unfair game, and now we need to live with this undesirable trauma forever.
However I don’t think this election failed me, on the contrary, it taught me a lot and I can feel something is growing in the collective insights of the local Chinese community. As an ethnic minority, the local Chinese need to realise that we may have a voice, but our influence is limited. What we need to do is to learn to play the game, not to change the game.
Naisi Chen from Labour is the youngest Chinese candidate in the election history of New Zealand. Though she didn’t win, she was courageous enough to try to play the game, and that, I should say, set a great example for our youths.
Having a strong and capable opposition party is not exactly a bad thing, because we can make sure that the new government will need to work their best to develop New Zealand, maybe in a different way, but into the similar better future.
And, are the policies from the coalition parties evil at all? Where did the local Chinese get such an impression that if they take the office, it is going to be a disaster? Or are we so getting used to being lazy that we just believe whatever people around us believe?
Some commented that no one but democracy won today. However, democracy makes us anxious and righteous when in power, and confident and persuasive when not. It is probably more valuable to learn to compromise and tolerate than to risk the bossy over-confidence.
While walking past the wail and whine, I say, do not despair, leave the politics to the politicians, focus on the things you can control and make changes where necessary to your own way of living and opportunities will be waiting ahead.
作者：刘羽西 Ken Liu
青年委员会主席 Chair of the Youth Committee
新中友好协会 NZ China Friendship Society
副主席 Vice President
新西兰星光文联 NZ Starlight Arts & Culture
执行秘书 Executive Secretary
丹心雄鹰人文研究基地 The Art and Humanity Institute
青年委员会委员 Youth Committee Member
中国侨联 All China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese