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Binu and the Great Wall

Binu And The Great Wall is a wonderful myth retold in the words of Su Tong, the author of ‘Rice’.  The myth of Binu and how her tears washed away the Great Wall have been passed down through the ages. It is a tale of hardship, brutality and undying love. Su Tong’s version of the myth, brings to the reader the harshness and brutality that led to the constuction of the wall and the terrible effects it had on the common people.

2 août 2008 6 02 /08 /août /2008 11:56
Yesterday, an old friend invited me for lunch in a coutry pub and a walk in the park. He said I needed the fresh air and to get out of the country.

We went to some 16th century (I think) pub in Barston.  While we waited  for our food -  I ordered sardines  - and we got into discussion and I was incensed when my companion made excuses for one of his lady friends behavior (her behavior which was in question here was that of one who was rude and intrusive and being possessive) as being a result of the place she was brought up - which he complained ,  was predominantly black. According to him, her environment as surrounded by a black community which indulged on drugs, on social benefits and generally unemployed has had an impact on her and her unreasonable behavior could be excused on the fact she was a survivor from that kind of background. This woman is a white woman by the way, and he fears that her daughter would end end up as a social misfit as a teenage mum (by having a baby with a black man). He told me that she ended up on the unemployment heap because she likes (his words ' a black cock') I told him I have never heard such nonsense and I cannot believe that he could harbour such ignorance. I cannot believe I was hearing this.

Do I excuse his racism on the fact that he is an Italian? This is just me being sarcastic and facetious- none of my other Italian friends are racist. Or on his age because he is nearly 70 and that would be ageism - being old does not excuse you from being ignorant. Maybe the fact that he left school very early and came to UK to work and never had formal education. Whatever it is, that conversation sickened me and I lost my apetite. Is there some way I can change his attitute? Or is it prevalent?

No. That conversation spoilt the whole afternoon for me.

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Maria 02/08/2008 16:51

Hello Elle, racism can never be justified. I am italian and like in every country in the world there is tolerance in Italy as well as racism. But the fact that he was 70 years old does not justify bigotry and prejudice. No wonder you stopped enjoying your meal. How would he feel if people judged him assuming that he's a mafia guy for example, simply because he happens to be italian? And, especially because he had no formal education but came to the UK a long time ago he should have appreciated by now the beauty of living in a country that is so rich in diversity. You know what? It's his loss! You go, girl!

eleanor 03/08/2008 11:55


thanks, Maria!